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Examination Details: 600/6818/7

Assessment Details

  • 2 Internal assessments (60%)
  • 1 External synoptic task (40%)

1 tier of entry for all pupils

Course Information

Component 1 Exploring Music Products and Styles (30%)

What's assessed

  • Examine and develop appreciation of styles and genres of music
  • Explore techniques used to create music products

Component 2 Music Skills Development (30%)

What's assessed

  • Exploring professional and commercial skills for the music industry
  • Applying and developing individual musical skills and techniques

Component 3 Responding to a Commercial Music Brief (40%)

What's assessed

  • Task set and marked by Pearson, completed under supervised conditions. Three hours will be completed under formal supervision and 20 hours will be completed under informal supervision
  • 12 weeks before the supervised assessment period, learners will be given the set task in order to carry out the development of creative ideas and techniques for the final music product.
  • The set task will be completed in 23 hours within the period timetables by Pearson

Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Performing Arts

Component number

Component title

Assessment method GLH


Exploring Music Products and Styles


2 Music Skills Development Internal 36
3 Responding to a Commercial Music Brief Synoptic External 48

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