BTEC Music

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Name Role Specialism
Mrs E Cassells Curriculum Leader of Music Jazz, Brass and Voice
Miss L Eyre Teacher of Music/Assistant Principal Voice and Woodwind


The music department at The Ruth Gorse Academy has two fully equipped music rooms with keyboards, guitars and djembe drums. The department has its own computer suite with 21 iMacs. The iMacs have music software such as logic, Sibelius and garage band. The suite is used by all year groups. 30 iPads are also available for students to record their work and show evidence of progress.

Curriculum – Units 1 & 2

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%

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

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.


We pride ourselves on giving students as many performing opportunities as possible. Students are currently preparing for “We Will Rock You”. Later in the year students will be rehearsing and preparing for termly concerts that will be open to a wider audience. Please watch out for tickets!