Welcome to the Music Department

Departmental Courses

 

  • BTEC Music (Pearson)
  • GCE Music (Pearson)

 

Our aim is to teach young people to be creative and work collaboratively as a group whilst learning the importance of music in society.

We also hope to inspire young musicians to develop lifelong passion for music whilst learning the elements of music needed for successful performances/ compositions.

At Key Stage 3 we take a practical and creative approach. We believe that the music curriculum is broad and interesting. There are 6 topics for each year group that follow our schemes of work. These include film music, musical futures, world music, musicals and music technology. There is assessment built into each of these 6 topics and these are of a practical nature that are recorded. The music department also runs a special music class aimed at students who play and instrument/ sing. These students take one extra lesson of music a week and this helps them to develop the essential skills needed at GCSE music and beyond.

BTEC Music  

Why study BTEC music?

This qualification provides an insight into the music industry. The music industry is vibrant, exciting and highly competitive

This qualification is the equivalent of a GCSE in music and is ideal to learn about the different musical styles and techniques of music practice – from composition and performance, to songwriting. The qualification also incorporates music technology with the use of music software and the recording studio.

You will explore and develop important practical skills that are vital in the modern music industry, from rehearsing to experimenting with technology, equipment and instruments. This qualification is for you if you would like to understand more about the music industry.

Components:

  • Exploring Musical Products
  • Musical skills development
  • Responding to a Commercial Music brief

Assessment

You will carry out mini – projects throughout the course. The teacher internally marks these so you will receive feedback as to how you are getting on. Towards the end of the course, your knowledge and skills of either a music creation ( composition) and production ( music technology) or Music creation and performing will be assessed through a task that is set and marked by the examiner. All of the work done throughout the course will prepare you for this final task.

Which students do well at Music?

  • …those who have a keen interest in the music / performing / creative arts industry
  • …those who enjoy music
  • …those who wish to develop knowledge and understanding of the underpinnings of creating music and music technology

What can BTEC Music lead to?

  • This qualification can lead students on to a level 3 Music courses
  • Some students may go on to complete a music technology / music based course

Requirements for the course

To play an instrument / sing

                        and / or

Have an interest in music technology

Who do I contact for more information?

Mrs A Lloyd  a.lloyd@poolehigh.poole.sch.uk

The Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended National Extended Certificate in Music Performance

The Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended National Extended Certificate in Music Performance is intended to be an Applied General qualification. It is for post-16 learners who want to continue their education through applied learning and who aim to progress to higher education and ultimately to employment, possibly in the music sector or the creative sector as a whole.

The qualification is equivalent in size to one A Level and is aimed at learners who are interested in music performance and want to study a broad programme of qualifications, sectors and subjects to support progression to higher education. It will be of particular interest to learners who want to develop skills and techniques in rehearsal and performance. It is designed to be taken alongside other Level 3 qualifications.

What does this qualification cover?

You will study three mandatory units:

Unit 1: Practical Music Theory and Harmony

Unit 2: Professional Practice in the Music Industry

Unit 3: Ensemble Music Performance.

You will choose one optional unit.

  • composing music
  • Music performance session styles
  • Solo performance
  • improvising music.

Assessment

Externally assessed units:

Unit 2: Professional Practice in the Music Industry

Unit 3: Ensemble Music Performance.

Internally assessed units:

Unit 1: Practical Music Theory and Harmony

  • composing music
  • Music performance session styles
  • Solo performance
  • improvising music.

What could this qualification lead to? In addition to the music sector-specific content outlined above, this qualification gives learners transferable and higher-order skills that are valued by higher education providers and employers, for example performance techniques, communication skills, team working. It also gives you an opportunity to focus on your personal vocal/instrumental technique. The qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as contributing to meeting admission requirements for many courses.

Entry Requirements:

  1. Current entry requirements to PHS sixth form
  2. Instrumental skills / singing Grade 3 minimum
  3. GCSE (Grade 5 ) / BTEC music level 2