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Rooks Heath College

Rooks Heath College

Opportunity through Learning

Key Stage 4

 BTEC Level 1/LEVEL 2 FIRST AWARD In Music

Who is the course for?

This course is suitable for students who are interested in learning about the music industry and roles within the industry, learning about music across a broad range of musical styles, who enjoy singing, rapping, playing an instrument and/or music technology and, for students who have an interest in writing songs or learning how to do so.

What can it lead to?

The BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Music provides a solid foundation for students who may wish to pursue the AS/A2 Levels in Music and Music Technology as well as building on their BTEC qualification with BTEC Level 3 Nationals courses in Music or Music Technology. Throughout the completion of the course students will gain knowledge, skills and experiences in real life, music industry driven tasks and projects. They will learn about the different career pathways available to them in the music industry and how the skills developed during the course may be utilised in the varying job roles. Alongside these industry-specific skills, this course will enable students to develop key skills in communication, teamwork and, information technology, which can be useful whatever they wish to do after the completion of the course. As a result, students will be well prepared to gain employment where it is useful to have had experience of music or where they will need to use some of the skills developed during the course. These could very well include careers in the music industry, publishing, entertainment and teaching or any job that involves communication and expressive skills.

Course Overview and Assessment Outline

The BTEC course is structured into 4 different core units of work:

  1. The Music Industry: Learning about the different organisations and job roles that make up the music industry.  
  2. Managing a Music Product: Working in groups to plan, develop, deliver, promote and review a music product. 
  3. Introducing Music Composition: Exploring different technologies and musical styles to create original songs and compositions.
  4. Introducing Music Performance: Developing practical music performance skills by singing, rapping or playing an instrument.

This course is comprised of 75% internally assessed coursework, where tasks are modelled on real life industry projects to enable students to explore potential career pathways in the music industry. There will be one external examination worth 25% to be completed during the second year of the course.

Controlled coursework/homework:

All coursework will be completed during class time. Students will have the opportunity to make use of scheduled lunch time and after school sessions should they require extra support in completing their coursework. There is an expectation that students will be practising their performance skills on their chosen instrument at home. Students are expected to regularly practise their instrument at home.   

What skills do you need to be successful in this GCSE and beyond?

Students will be responsible for the organisation of their own coursework, need to be willing to put in effort and, be persistent in wanting to improve their work and performing ability. Students will be expected to be organised, focused, manage their class time well and meet all given deadlines. They should have ideally been learning an instrument previously, although it is possible to complete the course through singing or rapping if they haven’t already been having lessons on another instrument.

Additional Information:

Students will have the chance to go on trips into London to see musical productions and will be invited to musical performances that we have in at College. There are lots of opportunities for students to be involved in extra-curricular musical activities and these can be use d as part of the student’s coursework (e.g. string group/guitar group/choir performances/rock school). Students will also have greater opportunities for performing in and helping to manage musical concerts as part of their coursework. Students are encouraged to be having weekly lessons on their ‘instrument’ (can be singing lessons or instrumental lessons) either at school or privately.

This course will enable students to develop key skills in communication and information technology, which can be useful whatever they wish to do afterwards. In particular, GCSE Music offers opportunities to develop the wider key skills in working with others (e.g. taking part in rehearsals, performing).