Examination Board: Pearson Edexcel

Course Title:  BTEC Level 1/2 First Award in Music

Why should I choose to study music?

You will enjoy listening to and taking part in making music in a variety of different styles, either through making your own pieces and/or performing on an instrument using voice.  You are interested in how music has been created. Perhaps you are thinking of using music in your career, need to demonstrate that you have excellent group work skills, have confidence or creativity, want to organise events or take part in the recording process.  If you are you thinking of working in a creative environment, composing, performing, researching, working in education, the music industry, or want to take music at higher education then this is the course for you!

What will I learn?

You will learn about the music industry and how to plan a live event. You will also get a choice of units based on what you are interested in. These include music performance, music composition, music sequencing, music recording and live sound (sound engineer role). These optional units are tailored to you and your career goals

What will be expected of me?

We expect you to be motivated, committed and have a passion for music. We expect you to be involved in the life of the music department by taking part in performances and events both in and out of school (either on or off stage!). We expect you to listen to a variety of different styles of music in order to broaden your horizons. We expect you to practise your instrument/voice regularly (if applicable) and meet all deadlines set. Teamwork is essential within the music industry and you will be expected to complete group tasks with a variety of different people, and do these professionally. You will also be required to work independently on short and long term projects.

What skills will I develop?

You will develop your ability to ‘think outside the box’ and provide solutions to arts management issues. You will develop your reflection skills and be able to analyse how a product or performance/composition/recording can be improved. You will gain an understanding of the music industry and what sort of role you might be suited to. Optional units may give you an understanding of printed notation, what makes a ‘good’ piece of music, how technology can enhance the recording/compositional process and how to run a successful live event.

How will I be assessed?

Compulsory units:

Unit 1: The Music Industry – externally assessed, 60 minute exam taken in Year 11

Unit 2: Managing a Music Project – internally assessed project

Optional Units (choice of 2, all internally assessed and project based):

Unit 3: Introducing Live Sound

Unit 4: Introducing Music Composition

Unit 5: Introducing Music Performance

Unit 6: Introducing Music Recording

Unit 7: Introducing Music Sequencing

Where will this qualification lead me?

Achievement at Level 2 provides a suitable foundation for further study of music at Level 3 or a possible career in the music industry.