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Music BTEC Level 3 at Wednesfield High Specialist Engineering Academy

Course description

The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Music is an Applied General qualification.

It is for post-16 learners who want to continue their education through applied learning and who aim to progress to higher education and ultimately to employment in the music sector.

The qualification is equivalent in size to one A Level and aims to provide a coherent introduction to study of the music sector.

Learners who wish to take this qualification will have successfully completed a Level 2 programme of learning with GCSEs or vocational qualifications.

Course content

Year 12

Unit 1: Music Performance Brief (90GLH)

Learners plan, prepare and deliver a musical performance from start to finish. In this unit, you will develop the skills needed to respond to a music performance brief and put on a show. In doing this you will most likely work with others and you will choose two specific roles: one from performer/composer/arranger, and one from technician/organiser/administrator. You will explore how the production process works and how the different roles interrelate, before planning and putting on a live music performance.

Unit 5: Professional Practice in the Music Industry (90 GLH) Learners explore what it is that makes someone a professional in the music industry and how to put forward a bid for work.

Year 13

Unit 17: Solo Performance (60 GLH) Learners explore the preparation and performance of music as a soloist before performing in front of an audience. In this unit, you will explore and practise the specific skills associated with performing as a soloist. These will include: how to engage your audience, stage craft, as well as musical practice and rehearsal required. There are many hours of preparation and practice involved and you will develop the process – that all successful musicians undertake – of creative reflection in order to improve.

Unit 4: Music Composition Brief (120GLH) Learners explore music theory and its application through composition. They will use music technology to produce a composition in response to a given brief.

Entry requirements

B in Music


Students need a description that gives them detailed information about the percentage of coursework and examined content for each year of study.

Year 12

  • This course is 42% coursework, 58% external assessment which consists of one examination and one set task.
  • You will complete 4 units with a combined total of 360 GLH.
  • Two Units will be completed in Year 12.
  • One unit internally assessed, coursework based. One unit externally assessed (timed assessment).

Year 13

  • Two units will be completed in Year 13
  • One unit internally assessed, coursework based, one externally assessed exam.

Future opportunities

For learners who wish to study an aspect of music in higher education, opportunities include:

  • BA (Hons) in Performing Arts, if taken alongside an A Level in English Literature and a BTEC in Performing Arts
  • BA (Hons) in Music Industry Management, if taken alongside a BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Business
  • BA (Hons) in Music Business and Arts Management, if taken alongside a BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Business and an A Level in Art.

Learners should always check the entry requirements for degree programmes with specific higher education providers.

Students gain employability skills such as:

Cognitive and problem-solving skills: use critical thinking, approach non-routine problems applying expert and creative solutions, use systems and technology

Intrapersonal skills: communicating, working collaboratively, negotiating and influencing, self-presentation

Interpersonal skills: self-management, adaptability and resilience, selfmonitoring and development.

There are also specific requirements in some units for assessment of these skills where relevant, for example, where learners are required to undertake real or simulated activities.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wednesfield High Specialist Engineering Academy directly.

Last updated date: 21 June 2016
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