Level: Advanced (Level 3)Awarding Body: Edexcel
Why study Music Production?
The specification supports a curriculum where learners are encouraged to continually revisit their approaches to making and understanding music, refining their skills, adding complexity and exploring new contexts. At the same time, assessment requirements are clearly delineated; this ensures that all learners are being consistently measured to national standards, facilitating progression to university and to employment in the modern music industry.
What can it lead to?
The course facilitates progression to university and to employment in the modern music industry.
The qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as contributing to admission requirements for many relevant music courses. When combined with other qualifications in a two-year study programme, such as A Levels or another BTEC National
Foundation Diploma, learners can progress to higher education degree programmes.
How is the course organised?
Module A: Music Skills Development
Assessment unit A1: Performing as an ensemble
Assessment unit A2: Creating musical material
Assessment unit A3: Using musical styles
Module B: Music Production Skills Development
Assessment unit B4: Studio recording
Assessment unit B5: Creating musical material through production
Assessment unit B6: Music technology and live events
Module C: The Music Industry
Assessment unit C7: Planning a career in the industry
Module D: Personal Music Profile
Assessment unit D8: Using development plans to refine skills
Assessment unit D9: Producing a personal project
Assessment unit D10: Using material for self-promotion and networking
Module E: Collaborative Music Project
Assessment unit E11: Undertaking a defined technical project role
Assessment unit E12: Using creative collaboration to develop a project
Assessment unit E13: Producing a collaborative project
How is the course assessed?
The assessment units allow you to assess learners using the established grades of Pass, Merit and Distinction, which in turn provide for overall qualification grading on the established scale for BTEC Nationals.
There are clear links from the learning and teaching modules to the assessment units, each of which is graded against defined criteria to ensure national standards.
Each assessment unit has simple, clear evidence and assessment rules, and all terms are used consistently and defined explicitly across the assessment units.
What do I need to qualify for this course?
The General entry requirements are five GCSEs grades 9-4 for an Advanced Vocational programme, including English Language and Maths, and a grade 4 or MM and above in Extended Certificate Level 2 in the subject.
Learners may demonstrate ability to succeed in various ways. For example, learners may have relevant work experience or specific aptitude shown through diagnostic tests or non-educational experience.
Who are the teachers?
Martti Sewell and Andy Jones
What do students say about the course?
"I was better off studying the Diploma in Music because my school didn’t offer A-Levels that interested me.
At the college, I am studying what I want a career in, surrounded by like-minded individuals in stylish and modern music studios and recording spaces.
I enjoy using the sound board and having the opportunity to record and create music.
Once I finish my course I would love to travel with my music and study abroad."