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Music Tech BTEC Level 2

Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Music
What Is Music Tech BTEC Level 2?


The Music Tech BTEC Level 2 qualification has been developed to provide an engaging and stimulating introduction to the world of music. It includes two core units that form the fundamental knowledge and understanding of music principles, followed by a selection of five optional specialist units from which a further two are chosen. It is intended to inspire and enthuse students to consider a career in the music industry, to give them the opportunity to gain a broad knowledge and understanding of, and develop skills in, the music industry, e.g. the live sound industry, solo or group professional performance, or music promotion and publishing, support progression to a more specialised level 3 vocational or academic music course or an apprenticeship and give learners the potential opportunity to enter employment within a wide range of junior job roles across the music industry. It is equivalent to one GCSE.


What Will I Study?


Students will study two core units that form the fundamental knowledge and understanding of music principles, followed by a selection of five specialist units from which a further two are chosen.

The core units are:
Unit 1: The Music Industry – which provides an overview of the industry, particularly focusing on the shape of the modern industry and covering the emergence of the role of the self-employed producer, performer and promoter.

Unit 2: Managing a Music Product – which covers essential aspects for progression.
This unit looks at the development of a music product. As well as providing a vehicle for demonstrating skills and learning, it also introduces the role of planning and promotion in the management of a music product. Learners can base their work on a live concert, event, a CD or online product, providing opportunities for both music performers and technologists.

The optional specialist units offered include:
Unit 3: Introducing Live Sound – which enables learners to set up, understand and operate the concert PA systems required for most of today’s music performances, thus developing a valuable vocational skill and potential employment opportunity.

Unit 4: Introducing Music Composition – which encourages learners to develop creativity in addressing specific needs and requirements when responding to client briefs – similar to the behaviour required in the professional world of music composition.

Unit 5: Introducing Music Performance – which enables learners to develop their skills as performers for progression to the next stage of their education or training, as well as developing their technique and reflective practice.

Unit 6: Introducing Music Recording – which encourages learners to become familiar with recording technology and techniques that will reinforce their musical practice as well as developing important skills for progression into the professional world.

Unit 7: Introducing Music Sequencing – which enables learners to use ICT for music making, giving them a valuable vocational skill as well as a grounding in a fundamental aspect of music making in the workplace.

How Is It Assessed?

The course includes an externally assessed unit in the core to introduce externality into vocational programmes of study. This will assist learners as they progress either into higher levels of vocational learning, or to academic qualifications, by providing independent evidence of learning and progression alongside the portfolio-based/coursework assessment. This approach also helps students in developing their transferable skills in analytical thinking and in applying their knowledge in unfamiliar contexts and scenarios.

The remaining units are internally assessed. Internal assessment enables students to receive feedback on their progress throughout the course as they gather and provide evidence towards meeting the unit assessment criteria.

Entry Requirements

An understanding and application of DAW music sequencing software, a basic knowledge and understanding of music theory, aural and performance techniques (the ability to play an instrument is always welcomed but not a compulsory entry requirement), good English language speaking, listening and understanding skills, and a strong work ethic.

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