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The Intent of our Music curriculum is:

Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. High-Quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.

Curriculum Implementation in Music:

  • Perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians
  • Learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence
  • Understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.

Curriculum impact in the Music Department:

By the end of key stage 3, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the programme of study.

Examination Board: EDXCEL

Qualification: BTEC Level 2 First Award in Music

What is the BTEC Level 2 First Award in Music?

The BTEC First in Music provides a practical, real-world approach to learning and develops specific knowledge and skills learners need to work successfully in the music industry. The Award offers students the opportunity to develop their understanding of music through performance, composition, music technology and an exploration of the music industry.

The course is designed to be adaptable to your needs, interests and career aspirations and consists of two core units plus a choice of two optional specialist units from a range of specialist areas (totalling 120 guided learning hours):

EDEXCEL BTEC LEVEL 2 FIRST AWARD IN MUSIC

Unit

Core Units

Assessment Method

GLH

1

The Music Industry

External

30

2

Managing a Music Product

Internal

30

 

Optional Specialist Units

3

Introducing Live Sound

Internal

30

4

Introducing Music Composition

Internal

30

5

Introducing Music Performance

Internal

30

6

Introducing Music Recording

Internal

30

7

Introducing Music Sequencing

Internal

30

 

Ultimately the specific focus is up to you; there will be opportunities for you to specialise in the area that you are most talented and interested in.

How will the BTEC Level 2 First Award in Music be assessed?

Most of the units in the Award will be internally assessed, meaning that the assignments are devised and marked by the teachers. Assessment will take place through a range of activities such as performances, compositions, presentations and written work. Unit 1, The Music Industry, is the only unit that is externally assessed and will consist of a paper-based exam, lasting one hour, marked by Edexcel. All learners can resit the external assessment once.

Where can the BTEC Level 2 First Award in Music take me?

The vocational context of the qualification is key and is provided through assignment briefs that give learners realistic, work-based scenarios and projects, therefore preparing them for employment or further education. There are a wide variety of prospective careers that can be explored, for example - popular musician, music administration, concert support and junior roles in music venues.

Having completed a BTEC Level 2 First Award in Music, learners will be ideally placed to progress to the Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Music.

For further information please see Miss S. Mc Shea