Hartlepool Sixth Form College


BTEC Music

Course Content

The UK music industry helps drive economic growth by creating jobs and opportunities for young people. The 2015 UK music survey ‘Measuring Music’ identified that the music industry supported more than 117,000 full-time jobs in the UK, of which 69,300 were professional musicians. The music industry contributed £4.1 billion to the UK economy, outpacing the overall growth of the economy by 2.5 per cent. In 2016, live music alone created £3.7 billion in direct and indirect income for the UK.

The content of this qualification has been developed in consultation with academics to ensure that it supports progression to higher education. In addition, employers and professional bodies have been involved and consulted, in order to confirm that the content is also appropriate and consistent with current practice for students who choose to enter employment directly in the music sector.

In addition to the knowledge, understanding and skills that underpin study of the music sector, BTEC Music gives students the experience of the breadth and depth of the sector that will prepare them for further study or training. This includes the opportunity for students to choose several topics from a selection of options reflecting the progression pathways within music.

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Also as part of the course, students will create a music product of their choice, allowing them to utilise the breadth of their knowledge and skills to create an industry relevant product from concept through production to evaluation. This will allow them to develop a key skill for progression to higher education.


This qualification offers students the opportunity to develop their musical, technical and listening skills over their course of study through a process of self-evaluation, practice and review, a key skill for progression to higher education. The qualification carries UCAS points and meets the requirements for admission to many relevant courses. However, it also supports students progressing directly to employment. It will give students the knowledge and understanding required to apply for a range of music business assistant roles, primarily alongside an apprenticeship in areas such as music administration, music publishing or music marketing; as well as preparation for a diverse range of self-employed roles as part of a portfolio career.