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Level 3: BTEC National Extended Certificate in Music

Exam Board: Edexcel

Entry Requirement

GCSE Music - Level 5.  Students must be undertaking peripatetic Music Lessons on their chosen instrument. 

What does it include?

You will study all of the compulsory units of work and will choose one unit of work from the optional block.

Compulsory units of work:
  • Ensemble Music Performance Techniques (Task)
  • Practical Music Theory and Harmony (Assignment)
  • Professional Practice in the Music Industry (Task)
Optional units of work:
  • Composing Music (Assignment)
  • Music Promotion (Assignment)
  • Music Performance Session Styles (Assignment)
  • Solo Performance (Assignment)
  • Music Software Skills (Assignment)
Assessment at A Level




Student demonstrates


Set and marked by The Westgate School and verified by the exam board. 

Practical tasks

Work-related scenarios

Can be tailored to local industry needs.

Application of knowledge and skills to complete a practical project over a period of time, working individually or in groups.


Set and marked by exam board.

Practical real life work scenarios and time-based pressures.

Students will work under controlled conditions.

Application of learning to common workplace or Higher Education scenarios, providing a consistent standard of assessment for all BTEC Students.

The Future

The study of Music BTEC provides an excellent basis for Higher Education courses in Music.  It can lead to careers in performance, composition, publishing and media, music production, sound engineering, arts administration, event management, popular music and jazz and music education. 

Music helps you to develop a variety of skills such as analysis, dedication, group skills, self-confidence and self-reliance.  It stretches your imagination and makes you think and react quickly.  These are skills valuable to all types of employers. Music BTEC will introduce you to the Music Industry sector and give you the underpinning skills needed to meet industry requirements.

Further information
Miss N Yates, Music Curriculum Leader