BTEC Music

BTEC Diploma – equivalent to 2 A-Levels
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma – equivalent to 1 A-Level

Why should I study this subject?

Both of the BTEC Music qualifications will give you a wealth of musical experience and transferable skills, preparing you to continue to undergraduate study or the workplace. You will study a broad curriculum that is relevant to the music industry and you will undertake a mixture of practical and theoretical/analytical work, throughout the course.

What will I study?

This BTEC course will broadly consist
of several different elements. The main emphasis is on performing both as a soloist and as part of an ensemble, but there will be units focusing on creating your own music using music software, and written units exploring popular music, the music industry and other topics. There will be some external assessment in this course.

What are the entry requirements?

Click here to see the subject specific entry requirements

What skills do I need

You need to be an able performer who enjoys singing/playing in front of others. You should be willing to enhance your theory knowledge and be able to produce written presentations/essays as required. Prior knowledge in composition will be an advantage.

How will I be taught?

The Extended Certificate in Music will be allocated 3 lessons a week and the Subsidiary Diploma will have 6 lessons per week. These will be a mixture of both practical and written work. You will also be expected to have some tuition on your main instrument either inside college or externally.

How will I be assessed?

This course will be mainly assessed through coursework, but there will be an examined element.

What will the course prepare me for?

A career in the Music Industry or in the wider Performing Arts Industry. It can also lead to higher education.

How much private study should I expect to do?

You should be rehearsing out of lessons on your instruments and be willing to complete coursework by the agreed deadlines in your free time.

What materials will I need to purchase?

A good pair of headphones is useful for listening tasks and using sequencing software.

What is the exam board?


This subject is for you if…
you enjoy practical work and are good at meeting deadlines.

This subject is not for you if…
you do not like performing in front of others, completing written work or working to deadlines.

“I have enjoyed working as an ensemble and performing at different events both inside and outside of college.”
Lawrence Kirkley, Outwood Grange Academy

“I have learnt a lot about how the music industry functions and what I would need to consider as a freelance musician. I have also enjoyed using the software to create my own music.”
Andrew Holmes, Shafton ALC