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BTEC  Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Music Performance

This course has the equivalent 1 A level UCAS points:

Distinction* = 56

Distinction = 48

Merit = 32

Pass = 16

What is the course about?

For the BTEC Extended Certificate in Music:

This course offers a broad yet in depth study into areas of Music and the Music Industry. The course aims to provide pupils with the skills and knowledge required within the industry and at the same time offers higher level thinking and transferable skills for progression to Higher Education or Employment.


Pupils must study all the mandatory units plus ONE optional unit.


Ensemble Music Performance (Mandatory External Assessment)

Practical Music Theory and Harmony (Mandatory Assignment – research task)

Professional Practice in the Music Industry (Mandatory External Assessment – Timed project and computer based task)

Solo Performance (Optional Assignment – 3 pieces, 15 mins in total)

Improvising Music (Optional Assignment – Improvising in different genres)

Composing (Optional Assignment – 3 developed ideas, 2 completed)

Music Performance Session Styles (Optional Assignment – performing music of different genres in different forms)


How will I be assessed?


Internal coursework will be broken into smaller tasks and evidenced by a combination of video recordings with written presentations and / or research tasks, for example, demonstrate and create a presentation about 4 musical genres. This would include history of the genre as well as audio examples from the internet and yourself.


The timed project is assessed by gathering video and computer based evidence. You will be given a scenario and you must independently and individually come up with a project plan, budget, a rationale and a presentation all within the time limit (5 hours).


How will this course help me in the future?


This course will primarily develop your performance and technical skills to enable you to make a step towards participating in or managing live performance in all stylistic genres of the music industry. The course will also develop your planning and organisational skills and you will understand the complex nature of planning and organising a live performance event or community workshop. Possible career pathways are: performer, music theatre actor, classroom music teacher, film/TV composer, singing teacher, music therapist, community worker, peripatetic teacher, music journalist, events manager, theatre/concert venue manager, music producer, session musician, sound engineer, lighting technician etc.