BTEC Music Performance

2023/2024 & 2024/2025


The BTEC National Level 3 Extended Certificate in Music Performance is designed for musicians with a desire to develop a wide range of musical skills in music theory, performance and composition, but also want to learn more about the music industry and the different roles that are available to qualified musicians. You will study four units across the two year course:

  • Unit 1 Practical music and theory
  • Unit 2 Professional practice in the music industry
  • Unit 3 Ensemble music performance
  • Unit 4 Solo performance

Pearson BTEC Music Performance

Requirements for Study

Students should be proficient on an instrument, have some understanding of music theory, and have a desire to perform both as an individual and also as an ensemble. The following requirements also apply:

  • APS 3.7 or above
  • 9 - 5 in English Language or English Literature
  • Level 2 qualification in Music or a successful audition


Unit 1 you will need to create a portfolio of evidence around notation and music theory. This is internally assessed and then verified by an external examiner.

Unit 2 is an exam where you will have taught material on the music industry, a limited amount of preparation time and then an examination in controlled conditions.

Unit 3 is also an externally assessed element where students create a collection of video and written evidence around an ensemble performance.

Unit 4 is internally assessed and is designed to show the progress students make towards a solo performance through video and written evidence of practice and preparation.


Students taking this qualification would be able to apply to university to take courses such as BA (Hons) in Performing Arts, BA (Hons) in Music Industry Management and BA (Hons) in Music Business and Arts Management.

Students also learn valuable skills such as critical thinking, approaching non-routine problems by applying expert and creative solutions, using systems and technology, communicating, working collaboratively, negotiating and influencing, self-presentation and self-management, adaptability and resilience, self-monitoring and development which would support students working in the creative industry in a variety of careers. Career options could be Director of Music, Music Producer, Festival Director, Tour Manager, Artist Manager, Composer and Performer.


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