St John Plessington Catholic College

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You will take part in many different music-making workshops over several months to explore a wide range of different styles and iconic performers.  Throughout this you will produce a portfolio of your work.

This portfolio will include many forms of work such as:

  •       Short videos
  •       Audio
  •       Text
  •       Graphics
  •       Annotated photos

This unit is designed to introduce you to performing, composing, producing (using technology) and listening skills

Component 2: Musical Skills Development

 You will specialise from two out of these three areas:

  •       Performing (on your chosen instrument. Remember your voice is an instrument too!)
  •       Composing (writing your own music)
  •       Producing (using technology to create music)

Component 3: Responding to a Commercial Brief

You will be given a brief from the exam board to work on.

You will then develop and present an original creation, choosing one of the four styles the exam board has selected for that year.

You can present this as a solo or group performance, an audio recording or a project using Cubase/music technology.

You work entirely to your strengths.


The BTEC Level 2 Tech Award in Music Practice is run over two years and the content is broken down into three components. In order to be awarded a qualification, a learner must complete and achieve an outcome for all three components. The overall grade is a direct aggregation of performance across individual components, with each component weighted according to the GLH.

Component 1: Internally assessed unit. 30% of the total course grade. 

Component 2: Internally assessed unit. 30% of the total course grade.

Component 3: Externally set task. 40% of the total course grade.


The BTEC Music Qualification allows you to progress to, Level 3 RSL and BTEC courses, A Level Music and Music Technology courses, and higher education courses such as degrees in Music, Popular Music, Music Technology and Music Business.

Career Potential:

The BTEC Music Qualification could lead to a career in Performance, Recording, Music Production, Music Business, Band Management, Music Journalism, Music Therapy, Teaching and many more careers.