Key Stage 4 Music

At Key Stage 4 we offer the NQF BTEC First level 2 Award in Music.

The course is delivered over 2 years and consists of 4 units, 2 mandatory units and 2 optional units selected within the school.

Two tier entry: BTEC First Award in Music


How do I know this subject is for me?

The Music Industry is about much more than playing an instrument! This course is designed to inspire you in all aspects of the music industry as a whole. It will give you the opportunity to gain knowledge and develop your skills for the industry, for example: live sound, solo or group performance, promotion and publishing. The course is designed around core units and optional units that you select to match your interests and expertise.

The course is appropriate for students requiring a general qualification in Music. The Level 2 award is suitable for anyone wishing to progress to GCE A-level or other similar courses.

The Core Compulsory Units

  • The Music Industry (External assessment)
  • Managing a Music Product (Internal assessment)

Optional Units (Select two of these)

  • Introducing Live Sound
  • Introducing Music Composition
  • Introducing Music Performance
  • Introducing Music Recording
  • Introducing Music Sequencing
  • (Internal assessment)

What will you learn?

Students will take part in 3 practical lessons a week, where you will have the opportunity to prepare work for performance and participate in workshops to develop your skills and understanding of the music industry.

Peripatetic Music Lessons

By choosing the BTEC Music course you will have peripatetic music lessons in your chosen instrument for no additional cost. This is a requirement of the course and will be taught on a rotational timetable by the schools specialist teachers.

How will I learn?

BTEC courses are designed for you to learn by doing! Lessons are fun and exciting, challenging you to develop to the very best of your ability. BTECs are equivalent to one GCSE and are recognised by all sixth form colleges and universities.

You will learn in a variety of ways which will include independent learning, group work activities, teacher led activities, computer based activities and project work.

How will I be assessed?

Each BTEC unit is individually assessed with Pass, Merit or Distinction grades. Your class teacher will complete assessments regularly and you will participate in milestone performances to collect evidence to pass the course.

The Unit 1 external assessment consists of one exam paper lasting for 1 hour.

What could this course lead to?

Students will develop broad knowledge and skills relating to the music industry, outlined above. This will enhance their knowledge of enterprise, applying that knowledge in the context of the music industry, and delivering a music product. The sector-specific knowledge and skills will support progression to a level 3 academic, applied general or technical level music or music technology qualification or an apprenticeship.

This course also gives learners the potential opportunity to enter employment within a wide range of junior job roles across the music industry, for example runner, roadie (backline technical support), stage crew, venue staff, music promotion, and retail and sales roles.

Exam board: Edexcel