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Examination Details: 600/6818/8

Assessment Details

External Assessment – Listening Paper (25%)

Internally assessed units – Listening Paper (75%)

Course Information

Learners must complete the two core units, and a choice of optional specialist units to reach a total of 120 GLH.

Core Units

Unit 1 The Music industry – External examination (25%) 60 Minutes

This unit enables learners to gain awareness and an underpinning knowledge of the basic structure of the music industry, taking into consideration some of the roles undertaken by those working in it. Students will also consider the roles of people working in these organisations, specifically exploring those involved in the administration, promotion, performing and production of music events and products.

Unit 2 Managing a Music Product – Internally assessed coursework (25%)

This unit enables learners to manage the planning, delivery and promotion of a live concert, CD, or other music product. The success of their music product will rely heavily on the planning and development process.

Optional Units

Unit 3 Introducing Live Sound – Internally assessed coursework (25%)

This unit enables learners to manage the technical requirements for an entire concert, such as festivals, concerts, shows, gigs, school events, charity fundraisers, open air events, theatre and small venue events. You will begin by considering the sound requirements of the venue. You must ensure that there is sufficient amplification for the audience to enjoy the performance without exceeding safe sound limits. You must organize and direct sound checks and you must know how to use and operate equipment safely without causing injury to yourself or others.

Unit 4 Introducing Music Composition – Internally assessed coursework (25%)

This unit enables learners to develop a portfolio of ideas, some of which will be developed and one of which will be completed. They will discover a range of compositional techniques and produce contrasting musical ideas to develop their compositional expertise. An idea might take the form of a short melodic motif, a chord progression or a rhythmic idea. Ideas can be short or long – they will consider the different ways in which these ideas could form the basis for a complete piece of music. Students will learn to play/sing both confidently and accurately to an audience with a level of expression and interpretation in their work.

Unit 5 Introducing Music Performance – Internally assessed coursework (25%)

This unit enables learners to skills and make decisions as you prepare for performance. Planning and practising are both vital parts of a successful performance; you should be aware of when your performances are due to take place so that you are able to plan your preparation time. You should be encouraged to choose your own pieces for performance to an audience. You should work with a specialist teacher to improve your

technique and should keep a practice/production log that details how you have improved over the duration of the unit. If appropriate, you should organise your own accompaniment, whether this is a single accompanist or a band.

Unit 6 Introducing Music Recording – Internally assessed coursework (25%)

This unit enables learners to record from audio sources such as acoustic instruments, amplified instruments, electronic instruments and vocals. You will learn how to control the input signals from real sound sources using gain and microphone placement. Once the tracks have been recorded successfully, you will mix these sounds together into a finished recording using some basic processing such as reverb, chorus and EQ.

Unit 7 Introducing Music Sequencing – Internally assessed coursework (25%)

This unit enables learners to learn how software is now capable of producing high-quality music that even recently was only possible with large and expensive hardware-based systems. For instance, mobile devices contain more powerful music creation software than was commercially available even a decade ago.

Areas of Study

As part of the course, you will explore and study a range of musical skills through specific units:


Core units

Assessment method



The Music Industry – learning aims:

A understand different types of organisations that make up the music industry

B understand job roles in the music industry.




Managing a Music Product – learning aims:

A plan, develop and deliver a music product

B promote a music product

C review the management of a music product.




Optional specialist units


Introducing Live Sound – learning aims:

A plan for a live music event

B demonstrate understanding of health and safety

C set up and use live music systems.




Introducing Music Composition – learning aims:

A explore creative stimuli to meet a brief

B develop, extend and shape music for performances

C present compositions appropriately.




Introducing Music Performance – learning aims:

A develop your music performance skills and review your own practice

B use your music performance skills within rehearsal and performance.




Introducing Music Recording – learning aims:

A plan a recording session

B use recording equipment safely to produce multi-track recordings.




Introducing Music Sequencing – learning aims:

A explore music sequencing techniques

B use music sequencing software to create music.



Steps to Success in BTEC Music  

  1. Arrange to have individual instrumental tuition. You can get half price lessons in school.
  2. Think about your performance pieces well in advance.  This should be a piece which you enjoy playing and is well within your capabilities, although level of difficulty should be taken into account.
  3. Organise as many opportunities as possible to perform in public.  This will help build your confidence and give you experience of performing in front of an audience.  Join as many extra-curricular groups as you can.
  4. Get into the good habit of practising every day.  Undertaking regular practice is by far the most effective method for improvement.
  5. Learn all of the key vocabulary from each topic thoroughly; the more words you know, the better!
  6. Listen to a wide variety of music e.g. Radio 3, Classic FM, Jazz FM etc.  If you make the effort to listen to as many forms of Music as you can, it will make the course more enjoyable.
  7. Go to Concerts (the Hounslow Music Service provides free tickets to music students for their concerts).
  8. The Music Department now has sequencing and score-writing software available on computers and laptops.  Make as much use of this as you can to help you to produce good quality compositions.
  9. Use lunchtimes and after school to get involved in music making inside school and to receive additional help for your compositions.
  10. Make friends with as many performers in school as you can.  You never know when you might need them!
  11. Listen to the set works until you are familiar with them. Understand how the pieces are constructed using the musical elements.
  12. Construct diagrams, e.g. spider diagrams, to help you visualise each set work and its components.

Useful websites:
Interactive Keyboard
Ear trainer
Music theory, Basic
Music theory, Intermediate/ advanced