KS4 subject information

The BTEC Level 2 First Award in Music is a practical, work-related course, ... The Course is made up of 4 Units adding up to 120 Guided Learning Hours.

KS4 subject information BTEC Level 2 First Award Music Brief overview

The BTEC Level 2 First Award in Music is a practical, work-related course, designed to develop your Musicianship and awareness of the Music Industry through working on vocationally-relevant projects, scenarios and activities. You will take part in a range of performances and workshops as well as class work with specialist staff and visiting professionals and artists. You will need to have a keen interest in Music in areas such as performing, composing and sequencing. You should be committed to developing all of your musical skills. You will need to be committed to rehearsal, be able to work well with others, and also be able to evaluate your own and other people’s work professionally and effectively.

Subject content (including papers)

The Course is made up of 4 Units adding up to 120 Guided Learning Hours. Internally Assessed compulsory Unit: Unit 2: Managing a Music Product The survival of the music industry depends on its ability to evolve and be innovative. In this unit You will manage the planning, delivery and promotion of a live concert or CD. Internally Assessed non compulsory Units (You will need to choose two of the three available): Unit 4: Introducing Musical composition In this unit you will learn how to use compositional techniques to develop a portfolio of ideas in different genres and styles. You will develop one of the ideas into a final finished piece of music. Unit 5: Introducing Musical performance In this unit you will explore skills and instrumental techniques to develop you as a performer. You will rehearse two pieces of music either to perform as a solo or an ensemble. Unit 7: Introducing Music Sequencing Digital technology is a huge part of the music Industry. In this unit you will use sequencing software to create music. Externally Assessed Unit: Unit 1: The Music Industry This unit will allow you to gain a good understanding of the music industry and how it operates.


The internally assessed units will be marked by a member of teaching staff who will assess a mixture of practical performance, rehearsal and development work plus written logbook work. The externally assessed unit will consist of one exam marked by the Exam Board. Grading is as follows; Level 1 pass, Level 2 Pass, Merit, Distinction, Distinction*.

Why study this subject / progression

This course provides progression for those who may wish to study Music at a higher level in the sixth form, colleges of further education, university or specialist Music colleges. It will help develop Music related skills and business skills as well as many other transferable skills such as communication, creativity, confidence and teamwork. Ultimately this course may help lead those looking to pursue careers in Music performance, Songwriting and Composition, education, Music therapy, community Music, events management, marketing and the entertainment industry in general.

Who to contact

Mrs O'Neill

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