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Music Performance (BTEC) 2020/2022

“Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, and life to everything… Without music, life would be an error” - Plato


The course is highly practical, involving extensive group work, project-based activities, and portfolio-style submissions. The specification has been designed to develop a deeper understanding of listening and appraising, performance skills and composition skills. The BTEC course offers more opportunities to perform, and learn the skills of analysis and theory in a practical setting, and is equivalent to one A Level. This course enables students to develop skills in communication, performance and teamwork, as well as personal vocal/ instrumental technique development. These are some of the skills needed to progress to Higher Education, employment, self-employment or training within the sector.

The content of this qualification supports progression to Higher Education. Employers and professional bodies also confirm that the course content is consistent with current practice, for learners planning to enter employment directly in the music sector.

Qualification Details

Exam Board: Edexcel Pearson Extended Certificate
Qualification Title: Music Performance BTEC
Qualification Specification Code:
Qualification Webpage: Click here to visit the Edexcel Pearson Extended Certificate webpage for the specification.

Entry Requirements

Standard Sixth Form entry requirements with preferably Grade 4 standard in their chosen instrument

What will I study in this qualification?

The summary of components is as follows:
Three mandatory units
• Unit 1 Practical Music Theory and Harmony
• Unit 2 Professional Practice in the Music Industry (written exam)
• Unit 3 Ensemble Music Performance

• One optional unit to support their choices in progression to Higher Education and to link with relevant occupational areas. Optional units cover content areas such as Composing music; Music promotion; Music performance.

Possible Career Paths

Music related degrees, Music Teaching, Music Therapy, Instrumental Teaching, Events Management, Business and Arts Management, Performing Arts, Journalism, Sound Engineering. In addition to the Music sector-specific content outlined above, it will support entry to higher education courses in a wide range of disciplines, depending on the subjects taken alongside it.

Who should I speak to if I need further information?

Mrs Gunner

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