Qualification: National Extended Certificate in Music
Exam Board: Pearson; new specification for September 2018 start not yet available
Course Entry Requirements: C/4 in Music GCSE or BTEC Level 2 Merit or Grade 5 standard or above on main instrument desirable but not essential. Suitability for the course will be by audition in which you will be required to perform a 2-3m piece on your principal study and undertake short improvisation and general musicianship tests.
Please make sure that you have understood the overall entry requirements to study at BHASVIC. These are available here and outline the GCSE grades you need to take up one of the Programmes of Study at the college.
Length and size of qualification: 2 year single course
Timetable hours: 4.5 hours per week
Assessment method: A combination of written and performed assessments
BHASVIC Department: Media and Performing Arts
Head of Department: Cath Rowe
What will I study?
The course focuses on performance in both ensemble and solo settings, general musicianship as well as researching and investigating professional practice in the pop music industry and the range of opportunities for solo performance. You will be expected to respond to set performance briefs alongside developing your knowledge of the fundamental rudiments of musical language. The course comprises of 4 units which are: Ensemble Music Performance; Practical Music: Theory and Harmony; Professional Practice in the Music Industry; Solo Performance. Although there is no requirement to have Grade 5 Theory you will have to learn about music theory on the course – it’s not entirely practical!
Is this course right for me?
Studying BTEC Level 3 Music gives you the opportunity to formalise and deepen your knowledge, experience and understanding of the contemporary music industry. You will analyse performance practice and incorporate current trends into your own music making in both solo and ensemble settings as well as strengthening your knowledge of the rudiments of music. This knowledge will then be put into practical use in vocational contexts to deepen your awareness of relationships within the organisations found in today’s ever evolving music industry. Although the course is largely practical, and mostly focused on performance of contemporary music, 2 units have externally assessed written exams.
This Music BTEC course opens up possibilities in many different career areas including performance, composition and production as well as a wide range of jobs that are connected to supporting and promoting the industry such as event management, broadcasting/journalism and education. Students can choose to apply for university courses, conservatoires or start an apprenticeship/job in the sector after completing their studies. Careers where music is directly related to the job could include Music Therapist, Musician, Teacher and Sound Technician. Jobs where studying Music could be helpful are: Arts Administrator, Event Manager, Theatre Stage Manager, Sales, Tour Manager, Merchandiser and Public Relations Officer. Useful websites to research careers and wider progression options could include Careers in Music, UK Music, All About Careers and the Apprenticeship Guide.