To encourage learners to be creative and to broaden their musical horizons and understanding with Areas of Study that inspire and challenge. We enable learners to explore performance and composition with a focus on their own instrument and genre choices and offer opportunities to explore new instrumental skills.
The UK music industry helps to drive economic growth by creating jobs and opportunities for young people. The 2015 UK music survey ‘Measuring Music’ identified that the music industry supported more than 117,000 full-time jobs in the UK, of which 69,300 were professional musicians. The music industry contributed £4.1 billion to the UK economy, outpacing the overall growth of the economy by 2.5 per cent. In 2016, live music alone created £3.7 billion in direct and indirect income for the UK.
This course is designed to support progression to higher education when taken as part of a programme of study that includes other appropriate BTEC Nationals or A Levels. The programme gives a broad overview of the music sector, with a focus on performance, including musical skills development and professional practice.
This qualification gives learners transferable and higher-order skills that are valued by higher education providers and employers. For example, communication, performance and teamwork skills, as well as personal vocal/instrumental technique development are some of the skills learners need to progress to higher education, employment, self-employment or training.
The qualification is intended to carry UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as contributing to meeting admission requirements for many courses, if it is taken alongside other qualifications as part of a two-year programme of learning, and it combines well with a large number of subjects. It will support entry to higher education courses in a wide range of disciplines, depending on the subjects taken alongside it.
This course is useful if you are considering a career in:
For learners who wish to study an aspect of music in higher education, opportunities include:
Learners should always check the entry requirements for degree programmes with specific higher education providers.
This is a two-year course, which leads to a national qualification recognised by employers. The qualification is equivalent in size to one A Level consisting of four units. The content for each unit is:
You can then choose from either: