STYLE OF ASSESSMENT
Students are required to sit a 1 hour written examination based on the workings of the music industry which is worth 25% of the qualification. This contains both short answer and extended response questions, testing students understanding of a job role and organisations within the Industry. The remainder of the course is assessed through practical assignment tasks.
OVERVIEW OF COURSE
The course itself is split into four equally weighted units where students can achieve a Distinction*, Distinction, Merit or Pass. (Roughly equivalent to A*, A, B or C at GCSE respectively).
The four units to be studied are as follows:
UNIT 1: The Music Industry
This unit gives students an overview of the music industry, with a particular emphasis on the job roles that exist within it e.g. a performer, a promoter and the self-employed producer.
UNIT 2: Managing a Musical Product
Students undertake the planning, promotion and rehearsal required for the presentation of a musical product i.e. a live music concert. This unit provides opportunities for both performers and technologists.
UNIT 5: Music Performance
Students are required to perform two pieces to an audience as both a solo artist and as part of an ensemble, tracking their progress over time.
Unit 7: Introducing Music Sequencing
This unit requires students to explore music sequencing techniques through use of Logic Pro before creating a sequenced musical performance on this software.
This course would suit Students with a love of performing music (any instrument /ability level). Students should have an interest in the workings of the music industry including the role of music technology in music production. Students must have an enthusiasm to work co-operatively as part of a group as well as an ability to work independently.
The music department at Huish Episcopi offers a varied and inclusive range of extra-curricular music activities that run on a weekly basis. Involvement in such activities are highly encouraged at Key Stage 4 in order to ensure students receive a well-rounded musical experience. This, coupled with annual musical productions, frequent performance opportunities both within and beyond the Academy as well as trips to see orchestral concerts are all offered to music students at Key Stage 4.
FURTHER STUDY AND CAREER CONNECTIONS
Music is one of the most popular Level 2 BTECs and is taught in over 2,500 Secondary Schools nationally. It is recognised by colleges and universities and is considered to be excellent preparation for further musical study, specifically the BTEC Level 3 Digital music production and BTEC Level 3 Music Performance.