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Subject Leader: Mr C Rochester


BTEC Level 2 First Award in Music

Exam Board: Edexcel
Level: 1/2

Course Overview

This is a vocational course comprising four units, one of which is externally assessed. Learners embark on a journey of skills development, ranging from individual and group performance skills to composing their own music. The course is largely practical and does not necessarily require a high level of skill on an instrument.

Assessment:75% coursework. 25% exam.


Curriculum Content

Year 7

Term 1-2: World music, performing and composing, African drumming
Term 3-4: Basic keyboard skills, performing and reading basic notation, elements of music
Term 5-6: Minimalism, composing skills, improvisation skills

Year 8

Term 1-2: World music, performing and composing, Gamelan
Term 3-4: Ukuleles, instrumental skills, working as an ensemble, performing and composing skills and notation
Term 5-6: Composing and performing skills, elements of music, moods, Film music

Year 9 BTEC

Skill based year. Pupils work on performance skills and building up confidence. Begin going through material for Unit 1 examination.

Year 10 & 11 BTEC

Term 1: Building up confidence and ensemble skills
Term 2: Unit 5 -  Introducing Music Performance
Term 3: Unit 5 -  Introducing Music Performance
Term 4: Unit 1 - The Music Industry
Term 5: Unit 5 -  Introducing Music Performance
Term 6: All units: to improve grades

Unit 1: The Music Industry will be taught throughout the year, with a specific focus during term 4.


Useful Website Links:

Sound Junction
Sound Hub Kent

Suggested Revision Guides and Books:

Revision guides are created by the music department staff and distributed to pupils on the GCSE course.

OSL and Extra-Curricular Activities:

OSL runs an individually arranged times with students. There are a variety of clubs on offer.  Details are available on Tutor noticeboards or from the Music Department.