Performing arts, music and media BTEC Level 3 For 16-19 Year Olds


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This is the perfect course for anyone who has a passion for popular music and the music industry. You will study solo and ensemble performance, music production, and music theory. Through integrated music projects, you will also learn about the music industry and how to plan for a successful career.



Must demonstrate instrumental/vocal skills at ABRSM grade 4 or equivalent standard. All students will take part in a practical audition to demonstrate musical performance skills.

Why study BTEC MUSIC at Blackpool Sixth?

All your major performances at Blackpool Sixth will take place in external performance venues to live audiences. You will be part of our music agency and have a chance to be signed to our record label, thereby learning about all aspects of this exciting industry in a highly practical way.

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How will I be taught?

  • Workshop sessions delivered by tutors and industry professionals
  • Independent study and research
  • Skill building in the rehearsal room
  • Collaborative learning

Teacher expertise

All course tutors are vastly experienced musicians and teachers. They are working actively within the music industry and have developed many links to enable students to gain the best possible industry and employability experience, whilst gaining a high-level qualification. Specialisms include performance, music production and recording, composing, arranging, directing ensembles, music theory, analysis, and marketing/ promotion in the music industry. Students are also supported by a specialist team of technicians.

What skills will I develop?

  • Employability skills
  • Real and relevant industry experience
  • Project management
  • Communication skills
  • Collaborative working
  • Independence
  • Confidence
  • Self-esteem
  • Initiative
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How will I be assessed?

BTEC Music is assessed through course assignments, often as live briefs working directly with and for local employers.

Students are assessed using a variety of methods which include in-college and external performances, practical and written assignments, and by using technology.

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What will you study and other information about BTEC MUSIC (SINGLE)

Where does it lead?

The course will provide you with the skills needed to succeed within the music industry or to progress into higher education. The majority of our students go on to study at leading universities in the areas of popular music and music technology, including Leeds College of Music, LIPA, Salford University, and BIMM. Many former students have successful careers in music performance and production, musical directing, teaching, events management, artists’ management and composing.

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