St John Plessington Catholic College


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Head of Department:

Mrs A Jeffers 




BTEC Level 2 Tech Award in Music Practice

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. The music industry is a vibrant, exciting and highly competitive industry that contributed £5.2 billion to the UK economy in 2019 and generated a further £2.7 billion in export revenue. In 2016, live music alone created £3.7 billion in direct and indirect income for the UK. The music industry is constantly evolving and offers many different and exciting new work opportunities. In 2019, the music industry supported more than 190,935 full-time jobs in the UK, 139,352 of which were in the music creators’ sector.

How is the course structured assessed? 

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, pupils must complete each unit to the required minimum standard. Pupils 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.

Component 1
Exploring Music Products and Styles
Non-exam internal assessment set by Pearson, marked by the centre and moderated by Pearson. The Pearson-set Assignment will be completed in approximately 12 hours of supervised assessment. 60 marks

Component 2
Music Skills Development
Non-exam internal assessment set by Pearson, marked by the centre and moderated by Pearson. The Pearson-set Assignment will be completed in approximately 15 hours of supervised assessment. 60 marks

Component 3
Responding to a Music Brief
Requires learners to apply musical skills and techniques in response to a brief to produce a music product.

The three components focus on the assessment of applied knowledge, skills and practices. These are all essential to developing a basis for progression and therefore learners need to achieve all components in order to achieve the qualification. The components are interrelated and they are best seen as part of an integrated whole rather than as totally distinct study areas. Learners will normally take this qualification over a two-year period or longer. This means that they must be given the opportunity to build their confidence in understanding the sector, vocational contexts and vocational attributes over a long period during the course of study before they are assessed. As the interrelated components are not linked to occupational roles, certification is not available at component level.

What can these qualifications lead to? 

This course prepares you for Further and Higher Education and employment. For example, it may lead to 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.