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BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
Exam Board: Edexcel
Subject Leader: Mr S Noakes

This course is designed to give students both a practical and theoretical understanding of music and the music industry through a variety of study units. This qualification will equip students with a music foundation which will enable them to progress onto further training or education.

How is the course organised and assessed?

This is a 60 credit BTEC course and is taught across Year 12 and 13. This qualification is broadly equivalent to 1 A Level. This course is very flexible with a mix of optional and compulsory units students must take. For the compulsory Units, students choose one of the following: Unit 23 + 33 or 40 — Music performance techniques (solo performance or ensemble performance), Unit 5 + 3, 7 or 32 — Backline technical management. (Arranging, composing or sequencing), or Unit 11 + 3, 7 or 32 — Music events management. (Arranging, composing or sequencing). There are a host of different choices for the optional units but here are four we recommend: Unit 39 — The Sound and Music Industry, Unit 17 — Marketing and Promotion in Music, Unit 14 — Listening Skills for Music Technologists, Unit 43 — Special Subject Investigation.

What's next?
Students who have completed this course will be in ideal places to both begin working within the music industry or to go onto further music education. 


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