Music (BTEC Level 2)

Subject Overview

A BTEC in Music will equip you with a sound knowledge of the Music industry, practical skills and Music Technology skills. The course is creative, practical and academic.

Course content

You will complete four units, each worth 30 marks.

Unit 1: The Music Industry

In this unit you will cover:

  • Roles and responsibilities in the Music industry
  • Venues and performances

This unit has an examination which can be taken at the end of Year 10.

Unit 2: Managing a Music Product

In this unit you will work as part of a team, to create and manage a concert. You will be responsible for:

  • Programming what will be performed at the concert
  • Auditioning other students
  • Technical set-up e.g. microphones
  • Running the concert on the day

This is a highly enjoyable unit and very rewarding when completed. You will also need to write a report of the event, explaining the processes and your reasons behind them.

Unit 3: Performance

For this unit you will perform both as a soloist and as a member of a group. You will keep a practice log, which will be marked alongside your performance.

Unit 4: Sequencing

This is a Music Technology based unit. You will cover:

  • Mixing
  • Auto tuning
  • Making music and sound for advertisements, using Music Technology

 You will also need to write a report, explaining the processes and your reasons behind them.

Exams and Assessment

There is one written examination, worth 25% of the final grade. This exam can be taken at the end of Year 10. All other units are coursework based and will be submitted at the end of each unit. A guide to the submission dates:

Unit 2 ·      The end of the summer term of Year 10
Unit 3 ·      The end of the spring term of Year 11
Unit 4 ·      The end of the spring term of Year 11

Why choose Music?

Music is both a creative and academic subject. The BTEC Music course gives you a valuable insight, through practical learning, into how the Music industry works, as well as a broad range of skills which can be further developed at post 16 on a Level 3 course.