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BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Music Performance at Silverdale

Course description

The BTEC in Music Performance is an exciting and vocational way to explore Music and is the most industry relevant course to date. They provide progression to the workplace either directly or via study at a higher level. Proof comes from YouGov research, which shows that 62 per cent of large companies have recruited employees with BTEC qualifications. What’s more, well over 100,000 BTEC students apply to UK universities every year. You will study exciting modules that home in on your musical skills but also look at the Music Industry and its role within society today. The programme of study allows pupils to choose a module that appeals to their own musical practice and unlike A level Music is 100 % coursework based. As well as being industry relevant, this course allows the pupil to explore who they are as a musician and brings a practical twist to the typicality of current key stage four Music courses. This course is the equivalent of one A level and holds the same amount of UCAS points.

Course content

The content of this qualification has been developed in consultation with academics to ensure that it supports progression to higher education. In addition, employers and professional bodies have been involved and consulted in order to confirm that the content is appropriate and consistent with current practice should you choose to enter employment directly in the music sector. Everyone taking this qualification will study three mandatory units, which provide an essential introduction to the skills and knowledge required to be successful in music. They cover the following topics: • ensemble music performance • professional practice in the music industry • practical music theory and harmony. The optional units have been designed to complement the knowledge and skills you will develop in ensemble music performance and support your progression to more specialist creative courses in higher education. They also link with relevant occupational areas. The optional units cover the following areas: • composing music • music performance session styles • solo performance • improvising music.

Entry requirements

Gradel 6 or above in GCSE Music or a Merit or above in BTEC level 2 Music.

If Music has not been studied at key stage four students can still access this course if they play a musical instrument to grade 5 standard or above.

If you have none of the perquisites you may still apply for the course but will have to audition on your first instrument. We also welcome pupils who DJ or use music technology.


The BTEC includes a range of assessment types and styles suited to vocational qualifications in the sector. There are three main forms of assessment that you need to be aware of: external, internal and synoptic. The styles of external assessment used for qualifications in the music performance suite are: • performance–learners prepare for assessment over an extended window and demonstrate skills that generate some non-written evidence • set tasks–learners take the assessment during a defined window and demonstrate understanding through completion of a vocational task. Internally assessed modules ensure that the learner is assessed in a variety of styles, they could be asked to: • write up the findings of their own research • use case studies to explore complex or unfamiliar situations • carry out projects for which they have choice over the direction and outcomes • demonstrate practical and technical skills using appropriate instruments and techniques. This course is 100% coursework and does not involve a listening or written examination.

Financial information

Grants are available for both equipment and instrumental lessons. Please see Miss Cooper for more details.

Future opportunities

There are many employment opportunities for successful ensemble practitioners in the areas of live performance, session music, musical theatre, community music and commercial bands. The qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as contributing to admission requirements for many courses, if taken alongside other qualifications as part of a two-year programme of learning. It combines well with a large number of subjects. It will support entry to higher education courses in a very wide range of disciplines, depending on the subjects taken alongside. However, if you wish to study an aspect of music in higher education, opportunities include a: • BA (Hons) in Performing Arts, if taken, for example, alongside A levels in English Literature and Drama & Theatre • BA (Hons) in Music Industry Management, if taken, for example, alongside a Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Business • BA (Hons) in Music Business and Arts Management, if taken, for example, with a Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Business and an A level in Art & Design • BA (Hons) in Popular Music Performance, if taken, for example, with a Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Music Technology.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 01 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years


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    • Please use the web link above to access information about the Sixth Form timetable structure at Silverdale. It is vitally important that you look at our blocking when deciding on your subjects.This will ensure that your choices are compatible with our timetable.

      You must select one subject from each of the four blocks (or from three blocks if you are only studying three subjects).

      All our courses offered will run from September 2018 subject to sufficient demand.