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Exam Board: Edexcel
This is a vocational course comprising of four units, one of which is externally assessed. Learners embark on a journey of skills development, ranging from individual and group performance skills to managing their own music event. The course features a variety of different practical assignments and having some level of skill on an instrument is required.
Assessment:75% coursework. 25% examination.
Term 1 and 3: Rhythm and Timing, Construction of Melodies.
Term 2 and 4: Improvisation within different genres.
Term 5 and 6: Composition, Notation, Chord Progressions and Scales.
Term 1 and 3: Composition and Songwriting.
Term 2 and 4: Music Performance Project.
Term 5 and 6: Musical Genre Development.
Skill based year. Pupils work on performance skills and building up confidence. Begin going through material for Unit 1 examination.
Term 1 and 2: Unit 3 - Introducing Live Sound. The Planning Stages.
Term 3 and 4: Unit 3 - Introducing Live Sound. Health and Safety.
Term 5 and 6: Unit 5 - Introducing Music Performance. Rehearsal and development skills.
Unit 1: The Music Industry will be taught throughout the year, with specific focus during term 2 and 4.
Term 1 and 2: Unit 2 - Making a Music Product. Planning and development stages.
Term 3 and 4: Unit 5 - Introducing Music Performance. Preparation for a live performance.
Term 5 and 6: Unit 2 - Making a Music Product. Running a live event. Unit 3- Introducing Live Sound.
Unit 1: The Music Industry will again be taught throughout the course of the academic year.
Revision guides are created by the music department staff and distributed to pupils on the BTEC course.
OSL runs at individually arranged times with students. There are a variety of clubs on offer. Details are available on Tutor noticeboards or from the Music Department.