Curriculum – Units 1 & 2 (50%)

At KS4 students are currently studying the BTEC Music Course. At the end of year 11 the outcomes are in the form of Pass, Merit, Distinction, and Distinction*.

The course can be tailored to each students’ needs 2 of the units being compulsory and 2 choices which will be decided by the member of staff ensuring it meets the needs of the musical skills that the students have.

Unit 1- The Music Industry 25% 1 hour exam.

The content of unit 1 will be taught throughout year 10 and the exam will be taken at the end of year 10. The content of Unit 1 covers jobs within the music industry, events and planning, health and safety and the structure of the music business.

Unit 2- Making a Music Product 25%

Students will work as a group in order to produce a product which they have planned and made such as a CD or a concert.

Other units – 2 x 25%

Each unit studied is assessed and then the score is converted into points which add up to the overall score of the course.

In order to get a pass in a unit the learner must obtain a pass for every aspect of the unit. To obtain a merit in a unit the learner must obtain merits for all aspects of the unit and so on.

The course is not only a great at developing all musical skills, it is great to prepare the learners for work in the music industry or to lead onto a level 3 course at college.

Learners will be supported with free peripatetic instruments for an instrument of their choice and will be expected to keep a diary or rehearsals and skills developed.

Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Music
Unit Core Units Assessment Method GHL
1 The Music Industry External 30
2 Managing a Music Product Internal 30
Optional Specialist Units
3 Introducing Live Sound Internal 30
4 Introducing Music Composition Internal 30
5 Introducing Music Performance Internal 30
6 Introducing Music Recording Internal 30
7 Introducing Music Sequencing Internal 30
Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
HT1 HT2 HT3 HT4 HT5 HT6
Composition skills building. Jobs in the music industry. Performance skills development and looking at Unit 1 in depth. Musical genres and features. Unit 4 and 5 skills development Unit 2-events and performances. Planning and communication. Set works analysis.
Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
HT1 HT2 HT3 HT4 HT5 HT6
Composition skills building. Start unit 4 composition. Adverts. Unit 1 content learning. Jobs in the music industry. How the music industry works. Unit 1 content Events, performances, planning and communication. Composition completion deadlines. Accessing 8 mark questions. Unit 1 exam final prep. Sit exam Start unit 5. Prepare practise logs and pieces of music chosen for performances.
Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
HT1 HT2 HT3 HT4 HT5 HT6
Unit 5 performance and performance logs. Unit 2 Organising and taking part in the making of a product. Unit 5 and Unit 2 completion. Final performances Final performances