Year 9 / ks4

Music BTEC

This qualification is taught over 120 guided learning hours (GLH).
These units include: two mandatory units (60 GLH) and two optional specialist units (60 GLH).

Mandatory Units:
Unit 1: The Music Industry
Unit 2: Managing a Music Product
Optional Units:
Unit 6: Introducing Music Recording
Unit 7: Introducing Music Sequencing

How will I be assessed?
Grading grids with level descriptors for the 4 different levels (L1, L2 Pass, Merit, Distinction and
Distinction*) are used to assess the standard of the work.
There is a formal exam for Unit 1 which is externally assessed. The other 3 units are all
assignment based and internally assessed.

When will I be assessed?
Assignments are regularly set throughout the course and follow a detailed assessment plan.
Students will be given one further opportunity to improve the level they receive for their work.

Unit 1 – The Music Industry:
The music industry may appear to be led and dominated by just a few massive multi-national
companies, and all-powerful impresarios who hold careers and contracts in
the palm of their hand. But that is only half of the picture. The music industry relies on countless
individuals, small industries, partnerships, local agencies and promoters who make the world of
music a true industry. It includes different types of performance venue, organisations that create
music products such as recordings or live shows, companies whose work involves arts
administration (such as funding bodies) and businesses providing services such as transport and
equipment hire.
This unit will allow you to gain a good understanding of the scope of the music industry. You will
investigate music organisations to find out about the work they do and how they relate to and rely
on one another. You will also be given the opportunity to find out about the people who work in
these organisations, from performers to people who work in technical, production and
administrative roles.

Unit 2 – Managing A Music Product:
The survival of the music industry depends on its ability to evolve and be innovative with the
products created.
This unit will enable you to manage the planning, delivery and promotion of a CD or other music
product. The success of your music product will rely heavily on the planning and development
process. It is important that different types of audience are understood and successful promotion
is able to effectively engage these audiences. Your research should introduce you to elements of
industry practice.