Music BTEC

Performing Arts



Unit 23 – Music Performance Techniques
The aim of this unit is to enable learners to develop their techniques for both solo and group performance, from practice through to performance. Professional musicians work in a highly competitive environment.

Unit 40 – Working in a Musical Ensemble

The aim of this unit is to develop learners’ abilities to work together in musical ensembles. This practical unit explores the nature of ensemble work by allowing learners to become part of a musical ensemble concentrating on the process of working together to produce a musically and artistically satisfying result.

Unit 30 – Pop Music in Practice

This unit is designed to enable learners to expand their knowledge of pop music grounded in practical experience of rehearsing and performing relevant works.

Unit 16 – Major Music Project

In this unit, learners are required to plan, prepare for and deliver a large-scale music project. Learners will research the different roles and processes in the live music industry, and undertake appropriate responsibilities, working both individually and as part of a team.

Unit 33 – Solo Music Performance Skills

This unit enables the learner’s continued development of the specific skills required by a solo performer. Learners should practise regularly and rehearse their chosen pieces thoroughly, in order that they can present performances of the highest standard they can achieve. Some learners may find performing to an audience daunting. Therefore, ample opportunity should be provided for them to perform to an audience on a regular basis throughout the unit. Learners will need to understand the preparation processes required in the lead-up to an extended concert performance.


All units on this exam are internally assessed and externally moderated.

Examination Board – BTEC


This course is designed for students with a love of performance. GCSE Music grade C or higher and BTEC Level 2 Music Merit or higher are considered. If a student does not have one of these qualifications the department will consider musical instrument grades 5 or higher.


This course is based on vocational practices and live performance. Throughout both years performing live is the central core of studies.


Ninety-five per cent of universities and colleges in the UK accept BTEC students, including competitive universities from the Russell Group. More than 50% of 20- to 30-year-olds going on to higher education have progressed via studying a BTEC. Nearly all universities accept BTECs in relevant subject areas, similar to how they would with equivalent A-level qualifications.
Students taking this course have applied to university to do Music, Music technology, Music and Journalism.