Level 3 Music BTEC

Single Option: Extended Certificate
Double Option: Diploma


The BTEC Level 3  Music courses are enjoyable, creative course for students who wish to pursue a career or interest in music. The course aims to provide a practical understanding of the skills and knowledge needed for a career in the music industry. Lessons will be focused around practical performance work while developing understanding of related music theory and performance techniques.


The qualification consists of a number of core and optional units. These include:

  • Working and Developing as a Musical Ensemble
  • Solo Music Performance
  • Live Music Worshop
  • Pop Music in Practice

The course includes a large amount of practical ensemble work meaning effective communication skills and ability to work productively as part of a group is essential. It is also necessary to be able to work independently and have good organisational skills.


Students who have completed BTEC Level 3 in Music may move onto a variety of university courses or specialist music schools. There are also career opportunities in other areas of the arts in addition to Performance or teaching.


All units will be completed through a combination of practical and written work. Coursework is assessed internally, then externally moderated.


The minimum entry requirements for Level 3 applied study apply.

In order to choose Level 3 BTEC in Music as an option you should have a strong interest in Music and enjoy performing as an individual and as part of a group. You should also be interested in learning music theory in order to enhance your performance and composition skills.

You should have a grade 5 or above in GCSE Music or at least a Merit in Level 2 BTEC Music. You should also be able to play an instrument or sing at grade 5 level. If you have not taken GCSE or BTEC Music but have completed grade 4 theory then you may be considered for this course.