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Music BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate at Great Wyrley Performing Arts High School

Course description

The course is split into 4 units. Students must complete all 4 units to complete the course requirements. The units are made up of Guided Learning Hours (GHL). Units 1, 2 & 3 are mandatory and there is a choice of units to choose from for the optional unit. Two out of the four units are externally assessed.

Unit 1 – Ensemble Music Performance 120GLH – Externally Assessed (mandatory synoptic)
AO1 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the skills needed for rehearsals and ensemble performance.
AO2 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how to interpret an original musical piece and respond accordingly to plan for rehearsal and ensemble performance.
AO3 Apply skills and techniques when contributing to an ensemble during rehearsal and performance.
AO4 Be able to contribute towards a performance as part of an ensemble.
AO5 Be able to reflect and make connections between responding, planning, rehearsal and performance.

Unit 2 – Practical Music Theory and Harmony 90GLH – Internally Assessed (mandatory)
Learning aim A: Examine the signs and symbols used in musical notation.
Learning aim B: Explore melodic composition based on harmony.
Learning aim C: Explore the application of chords and cadences for composition or arrangement.
Learning aim D: Carry out the production of appropriate musical notation for Performance.

Unit 3 – Professional Practice in the Music Industry 90GLH – Externally Assessed (mandatory)
AO1 Understand the importance of professional practice in the music industry
AO2 Understand operational requirements relevant to specific performances
AO3 Demonstrate ability to apply skills required for working in the music industry
AO4 Analyse requirements for professional presentation of ideas
AO5 Evaluate the skills and knowledge needed for professional roles in the music industry

Unit 12 – Music Promotion 60GLH – Internally Assessed (optional)
Learning aim A: Explore promotion techniques used in the music industry.
Learning aim B: Carry out a music promotion.
Learning aim C: Review effectiveness of music promotion.

Future opportunities

This qualification gives learners transferable and higher-order skills that are valued by higher education providers and employers. For example, communication, performance and teamwork skills, as well as personal vocal/ instrumental technique development are some of the skills learners need to progress to higher education, employment, self-employment or training. The qualification is intended to carry UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as contributing to meeting admission requirements for many courses, if it is taken alongside other qualifications as part of a two-year programme of learning, and it combines well with a large number of subjects.

It will support entry to higher education courses in a wide range of disciplines, depending on the subjects taken alongside it. 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 Music 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.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Great Wyrley Performing Arts High School directly.

Last updated date: 21 August 2017
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