BTEC Level 1/2 First Award in Music

Awarding Body

Pearson (Edexcel) - Please be advised this course is still under review by Pearson (Edexcel) and may change. We will update information as it becomes available.

Course Level

BTEC Level 2 (or Level 1)

Qualifications worth

Level 2 Pass Merit, Distinction or Distinction*
equivalent to GCSE grade 4-9 (or level 1 pass, equivalent to GCSE grade 1-3)

What is the Course?

The BTEC Level 2 First Award in Music covers the key knowledge and practical skills required to work in the Music Industry from recording techniques in the studio to sound engineering and production in the media. The course is aimed at students who are looking to ‘learn through doing’. ‘Learning how to rather learning about’.

What will I learn?

Unit 1: Working in the Music Industry

Understand different types of organisations that make up the music industry
Understand job roles in the music industry

Unit 2: Managing a Music Product

Plan, develop and deliver a music product
Promote a music product
Review the management of a music product

Unit 6: An Introduction to Musical Recording

Plan a recording session
Use recording equipment safely to produce multi track recordings

Unit 7: An Introduction to Sequencing

Explore music sequencing techniques
Use music sequencing software to create music

How will I be assessed?

Grading grids with level descriptors for the 4 different levels (L1, L2 Pass, Merit, Distinction and Distinction*) are used to assess the standard of the work. There is a formal exam for Unit 1 which is externally assessed. The other 3 units are all assignment based and internally assessed. Appropriate levels are awarded on completion of an assignment. There are many different types of assessment. Some possible types are as follows: observations, group presentations, written work, individual presentations, recorded interviews, video blog, computer blog.

When will I be assessed?

Assignments are regularly set throughout the course and follow a detailed assessment plan. Students will be given one further opportunity to improve the level they receive for their work.

Additional Information

Students do not need to be able to read music or play an instrument to start the BTEC Music Technology course– BUT IT HELPS! A passion for music is essential as students will be spending all of their time immersed in many aspects of the Music Industry. Students will be encouraged to get involved in on stage and technical support aspects of school extra-curricular music, if they are not already, as this will give them a greater chance to succeed.

What will this qualification allow me to do?

If you enjoyed the BTEC Level 2 Music course then you could consider BTECs in Music Technology/Sound Engineering/Performing Arts as well as A levels in Music Technology and Performing Arts.

Your listening skills will enhance the aural perception needed in language examinations. Your IT skills will be supported as you will regularly be working at the computer. Music Technology students often move into careers involving radio broadcasting, sound engineering, teaching, arts administration/management of groups.

Useful links & Publications

http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/btec-firsts/music-2013-nqf.html