St John Plessington Catholic College


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Head of Department:

Mrs A Jeffers 




BTEC Level 2 First Award in Music 

Programme of study

Throughout this course, you will learn about how music and music technology are used today in the 

professional world of recording studios, live concerts and live theatre performances. You will choose from a pathway of performance-based work or technology-based work developing the skills required to support a live production, including sound, lighting, staging and costumes. 

How is the course structured? 

The BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Music is run over two years and content is broken down into units. Each unit is worth a specific number of points and, to successfully complete the course, you must complete each unit to the required minimum standard. You must complete the selected four units in order to achieve the required number of points. Each unit is worth 25% of the overall grading level. 

Unit 1: The Music Industry (Mandatory Core Unit)

This unit focuses on learning about the music industry.

Unit 2: Managing a Music Product (Mandatory Core Unit)

In this unit, you will manage the production of a concert and will take on a specific performing or production role. 

Two specialist units must also be completed: 

Unit 7: Introducing Music Composition 

In this unit, you will learn how to create music using a variety of sources, including loops and software 

instruments. You will edit music by the application of different processes such as quantisation, looping and note editing, and enhance the sound by the addition of appropriate plug-in effects such as reverb, delay and distortion.

Unit 5: Introducing Music Performance

This unit focuses on the ways in which professional musicians prepare for auditions, along with the ways in which they can develop themselves as performers through a rehearsal routine. You will be expected to learn an instrument and perform pieces in ensemble as well as producing solo performances. 

How will my work be assessed? 

Unit 1: The Music Industry is assessed externally. This assessment takes the form of a controlled assessment and is a 1 hour written paper. 

The other three units are assessed through coursework completion. Within assignments, tasks will be completed to PASS, MERIT, DISTINCTION or DISTINCTION* level. Each individual assignment must be completed to the minimum required standard in order to pass the whole unit. All assignment tasks are coursework and contribute to the completion of the course. 

On successful completion of a unit, points are awarded depending upon the level of completion and the size of the unit. At the end of the course, the points will be added from all four units to make a combined total points score. 

What can these qualifications lead to? 

This course prepares you for Further and Higher Education and employment. For example, it may lead to you studying Music in the Sixth Form at SJP. You may also go on to study the subject at university or specialist 

colleges, or perhaps go on to work in the entertainment industry. The course may also be a good choice for those who just wish to develop their confidence through performing or creating Music.