BTEC BTEC First Certificate in Music This is a one year level 2 course exploring different aspects of music such as performing, recording, composing and a research project about music itself. It will help to provide you with the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary for employment or further career development in the area of music. Awarding body: Edexcel ITCHEN SIXTH FORM COLLEGE Middle Road, Bitterne, Southampton SO19 7TB Tel : 023 8043 5636 Email : firstname.lastname@example.org www.itchen.ac.uk 10.09 NU What is a BTEC First Certificate? technicians. A BTEC First Certificate is a practical, work- related course. You learn by completing Specialist Unit 4: Exploring Musical projects and assignments that are based on Composition: realistic situations, activities and demands. A BTEC First Certificate is equivalent to two Music thrives on the continuing development of GCSEs grades A*– C new ideas and sounds, and composers are at the forefront of this progression. Exploring composition brings out the creative aspect of What grades will I need? music in an individual, and you will learn and develop the technical and disciplined skills You will normally need to have at least one of which are required by every working the following: composer. The focus is on experimentation and A BTEC Foundation Certificate in a related originality, and your finished piece can be subject either acoustic or electronic – or a mix of both! A standard of literacy and numeracy supported by a general education equivalent to 4 GCSEs at Specialist Unit 14: Exploring an Area of Music: grades D-G You will be encouraged to choose your own Related work experience area of musical interest which could range from Other related level 1 or 2 qualifications a particular style of music to the career of a certain performer or a type of music technology equipment. You will be guided in doing What topics will I study? independent research using the Learning The course is made up of three units – one Resource Centre, internet and other methods, mandatory core unit and two specialist units. such as listening to audio material and speaking The specialist units enable you to study to specialists in the area you are studying. You particular areas in more depth. will develop skills through in-depth investigation of the topic, collation of all relevant information and findings, and the final Core Unit: Planning and Creating a Music presentation of your study in an appropriate Product: manner by the deadline set. You will be involved in the planning, preparation and creation of a music product – How will I be assessed? be that a live concert or a CD recording. Your role will be either as the performer or the All units are assessed, and graded and an technician, and it embraces all instrumentalists, overall grade for the qualification is awarded by singers, computer music specialists, DJs and the centre and are subject to external verification.