Why study this subject?
- Because you enjoy music as a subject at KS3 and enjoy the challenge of learning an instrument.
- Because music helps you develop your social skills, creativity, concentration, self-discipline and confidence.
- Because music has links to a wide range of subjects. The music industry is worth around £5.5 billion to the UK economy. There are hundreds of interesting jobs within the music industry.
Aims of the course
- To develop your interest in music and your practical skills.
- To develop knowledge and understanding by applying your learning and skills in a work-related context.
- To allow you to take responsibility for your own learning and to develop skills essential for the modern-day workplace. These skills include: team working; working from a prescribed brief; working to deadlines; presenting information effectively; and accurately completing administrative tasks and processes.
What can this course lead to?
- This course could set you on a path to becoming a music journalist, a talent scout, a sound or lighting technician, a promoter, a music therapist, an entertainment lawyer, road crew, an instrument maker, social media and digital music manager, TV or radio broadcaster OR EVEN A PERFORMER OR SONGWRITER.
- Further vocational and academic qualifications:
The achievement of the BTEC First Certificate level 2 has the equivalence of a GCSE graded 4-8. If you achieve a level 2 pass in the BTEC First Certificate in Music, it is possible for you to progress further to the BTEC First Diploma in Music or to move on to a higher level qualification such as a Level 3 BTEC National Certificate. It may also be the first step towards a course in Performing Arts, Musical Theatre, Music Technology, Events Management or other courses related to the creative industries.
Expectations of subject
- There are four units of work: The Music Industry (external exam); Creation of a musical product (concert or CD); performance and composition.
- Music is a performing art and there is, therefore, an expectation that students are committed to developing instrumental and/or vocal skills (through independent learning or with the support of an instrumental teacher) with a view to performing.
- Students taking this course should have the ability to sing or play to a reasonable standard.
- Homework will take the form of on-going development of instrumental skills: participation in some extracurricular activities and musical events; some written assignments.
- It is useful, but not essential, for students to have their own instrument to practise on at home. The music department is well-equipped with keyboards, drums, ukuleles and guitars so students have plenty of opportunity to practise at lunch and after school by arrangement.
Support and provisions
- ‘How to play…..’ YouTube videos and numerous other online resources.
- Independent visits to local music venues and larger scale concerts.
- Instrumental lessons are available at school through the East Sussex Music Service.
- Extracurricular music groups.