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BTEC Level 3 National Certificate in Music Performance

BTEC Level 3 National Certificate in Music Performance


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BTEC Level 3 National Certificate in Music Performance



Course Leaders: Mr Huw Weston


What is Music?   

Sounds are all around us, from birds chirping and waves lapping against a coastline to cars honking in traffic. But sometimes sounds are put together in purposeful ways to create a specific atmosphere or to express ideas or emotions. Such organized sounds are called music.

Music is a collection of coordinated sound or sounds. Making music is the process of putting sounds and tones in an order, often combining them to create a unified composition. People who make music creatively organize sounds for a desired result, like a Beethoven symphony or one of Duke Ellington's jazz songs. Music is made of sounds, vibrations, and silent moments, and it doesn't always have to be pleasant or pretty. It can be used to convey a whole range of experiences, environments, and emotions.


Almost every human culture has a tradition of making music. Examples of early instruments like flutes and drums have been found dating back thousands of years. Ancient Egyptians used music in religious ceremonies. Many other African cultures have traditions related to drumming for important rituals. Today, rock and pop musicians tour and perform around the world, singing the songs that made them famous. All of these are examples of music.


Why study this course?

A BTEC in Music is a great choice for students looking for a practical and creative qualification. The course aims to provide students with the relevant skills and knowledge that employers value, as well as the confidence to progress into a fulfilling, exciting career in a creative industry.


Who would the course be suitable for and what are the entry requirements?

From Rock to Pop, Folk to Fusion, this course is well suited for all types of musicians from drummers to singers, guitarists to keyboard players, in fact anyone interested in gaining the essential skills and knowledge needed for future study or a career in Popular Music.

It is not necessary that you have studied Music at GCSE to take the.  It is however important that you demonstrate the necessary skills e.g. by having 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English and Maths and Science.  It is also important that you can play a musical instrument to a level of Grade 5 or above. You do not need to have passed music examinations but you must be proficient on your chosen instrument.


What will I learn on the music course?

The course involves practical and investigative work centred on the performance of contemporary popular music and learning about the inner workings of the music industry.

You will work together within the school studio to record your music.


How will I be assessed?

There are regular formal assessments in the form of performances, recordings, presentations and creative written work. There are no externally assessed examinations in this qualification.

The course will focus on the following disciplines:


  • Performance (group and solo)
  • Improvising
  • Composing Music

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