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BTEC First Award in Music

Title of qualification

BTEC First Award in Music


Exam Board



What will I learn?

  • Explore musical styles and techniques, and gain an understanding of roles in the industry.
  • Develop musical knowledge, skills, and techniques and apply them to a music product.
  • Put skills into practice by responding to a brief as a composer, performer or producer.


How will this course be assessed?

  • Component 1: Exploring the music industry – 30%
  • Component 2: Developing music skills – 30%
  • Component 3: Responding to a music brief – 40%


What skills do I need?

  • Literacy - the ability to read and write fluently.
  • Listening skills.
  • The ability to co-operate in group activities.
  • Creativity.
  • Confidence.


What is next for me after this course?

With a BTEC Tech Award in Music, your students are able to explore, challenge and realise their potential. During the course, students can see whether the industry is one they want to be in, where they could go, and gain the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in their next steps. After completing the course, your students can continue on to further vocational and academic study at level 2 and level 3, as well as apprenticeships and traineeships. What’s more, the transferable skills your students master during their studies such as self-reflection, communication, teamwork and problem solving will also support their progress.


Are there any restrictions with this course?