BTEC Level 3 National Certificate in Music

Is Music the subject for you?

Yes if you love performing music then this course is just for you! Yes, if you wish to study music or any other subject at a higher level or are looking to take up careers for which a music background is relevant. For example, performance and communication skills, teamwork, and personal vocal/instrumental technique development support some of the skills learners need to progress to higher education, employment, self-employment or training. Courses it could lead to, a degree in Performing Arts, in Music Industry Management and in Music Business and Arts Management. The skills developed within this subject are highly transferable and will tell future Universities and employers that you are a creative thinker and a versatile worker.

Course content

The programme covers broad basis of study for the music sector with a focus on performance, personal instrumental technique development, music theory and professional practice. Learners taking this qualification will study three mandatory units: Music Performance Brief, Music Composition Brief, Professional Practice in the Music Industry. Learners choose one optional unit to support their choices in progression to music courses in higher education, and to link with relevant occupational areas. Optional units cover content areas such as: Arranging Music, Composing Music, Music Promotion and Solo Performance.

Methods of study

  • Intellectual, imaginative, creative and intuitive powers.
  • Investigative, analytical, experimental, practical, technical and expressive skills, and critical judgment.
  • Performing to various audiences and in various genres of music.
  • Composing in your chosen genre of music and arranging a score.
  • Experience of working with ICT music programmes, including traditional and newtechnologies.
  • Basic theory knowledge and practice.
  • Investigating how to and putting on performances and showcases.

How will it be examined?

Two external and two internally assessed units (all the units are practically based) in the final year of study.

Career opportunities

  • Performance: orchestras, performing arts companies, amusement parks, rock groups, or in radio or TV.
  • Composing: publishers, production companies, orchestras, record companies and Broadway producers.
  • Directing: conduct or direct musical groups, such as orchestras and choirs.
  • Production technicians
  • Instrumental or classroom music teacher.