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BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate Music

Arts, Media and Publishing

Arts, Media and Publishing
Arts, Media and Publishing

What will you be working towards?

Code 28
Qualification Type National Extended Certificate (BTEC)
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


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The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Music Performance is intended to be an Applied

General qualification. It is for post-16 learners who want to continue their education through applied learning

and who aim to progress to higher education and ultimately to employment, possibly in the music sector or

the creative sector as a whole. The qualification is equivalent in size to one A Level and aims to provide a

coherent course of study covering both performance and the music industry.

There are 3 mandatory units:

1. Practical Music Theory and Harmony

Students will examine the signs and symbols used in musical notation and explore the application of

chords and cadences for composition or arrangement. Lastly all students will have the opportunity to

learn how to produce correct musical notation for performance.

2. Professional Practice in The Music Industry

This unit considers the importance of professional practice in the music industry and is designed to

enable you to develop the relevant skills, knowledge and understanding needed. Behind the bright

lights, costumes, gigs, sessions and festivals, the music industry is run by people who are measured

by how professional they are in their behavior. Being professional is not optional in the music industry

– it is key – and the industry treats it as highly important. Being professional is something that you have

to learn very quickly as judgements are made early and building and maintaining your reputation is

important when you are self-employed and freelance.

3. Ensemble Music Performance

Live performance in front of an audience is an important part of the music industry that has become a

growth area with an increasing use of technology. Musicians rarely work in isolation and the ability to

perform as part of an ensemble is an essential skill for any musician, regardless of style. Whether you

are part of a pop group or a large symphony orchestra, the skills of teamwork and communication are


Students choose from one of the following optional units to make up their qualification:

1. Composing music

2. Music Performance Session Styles

3. Solo Performance

Entry requirements

Grade 5 at GCSE or above in Music or a Distinction in Level 2 BTEC Music and/or ability to sing or play

an instrument to Grade 3-4 standard. Please contact us for more information –

Your next steps...

Music can be studied at many universities in the country, leading to careers associated with recording,

performing, teaching, broadcasting, etc. It can also be studied jointly with other subjects as languages,

mathematics or physics. The study of music and physics leads to acoustics, electronics and sound

recording techniques for example. Students wishing to enter Music Colleges should have taken Music

and most courses there lead to either performing, teaching, conducting or management. Participation in

both choral and instrumental music at any level can be a most enjoyable and rewarding activity. There

are many opportunities in Music Management and in promotional careers for students with Music as a

degree element.


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