Head of Department: Mr A Chew
Exam Board Edexcel
Qualification: BTEC Level 2 First Award in Music

Programme of study

This qualification is for learners interested in taking a hands-on course alongside their GCSEs that will offer them an insight into what it is like to work in the Music sector – a vibrant, exciting and competitive industry that offers many different and exciting new work opportunities, whether in composing, performing, or producing music. 

This course allows learners to explore the sector, and to learn and try out new skills, techniques and styles, allowing them to make an informed decision about their future learning and career. The course gives learners an opportunity to explore music in a practical setting and to develop understanding of the techniques used to create and realise music. 

They will explore a variety of musical styles and the musical theory and techniques that underpin them and develop technical and practical skills through workshops and classes. In addition, learners will develop transferable and employability skills such as responding to a brief, self-development, planning, time management and communication. 

How is the course structured & assessed?

As a creative subject with a focus on music practice, there is no written exam. All components, including the externally assessed synoptic component, are assessed through engaging, open, and flexible set tasks, designed to give learners  as much freedom as possible in how they respond, allowing them to work to their own strengths and interests, and to focus on the area of the music sector that most excites and appeals to them. 

Component 1: Exploring Music Products and Styles 

Learners will explore the techniques used in the creation of different musical products and investigate the key features of different musical styles. 

Component 2: Music Skills Development 

Learners will have the opportunity to develop two musical disciplines through engagement in practical tasks, while documenting their progress and planning for further improvement. 

Component 3: Responding to a Music Brief

Learners will be given the opportunity to develop and present music in response to a given music brief.

All components are assessed through the production of a live performance and written portfolio work.

Work completed for Components 1 and 2 will be marked and assessed internally and covers the full range of activities, including the performance and supporting written portfolio work.

All work completed for Component 3 will be set by the exam board in the form of a pre-released brief and externally assessed. 

What can these qualifications lead to?

This Tech Award complements the learning in GCSE programmes by broadening experience and skills participation in different types of musical techniques for 

different musical styles. It is a great stepping-stone into further vocational or academic study in the music sector. The course will also be a good choice for those who just wish to develop their confidence through performing or creating Music.