BTEC Music

BTEC Level 1/2 First Award in Performing Arts: (Music)

This qualification is designed for learners with an interest in the performing arts and Music in particular.

This course consists of three modules:

Unit 01 Individual Showcase

In this unit students will consider how they present themselves to their audience to showcase their skills with confidence and clarity. Successful completion of this unit will require students to consider the skills necessary to showcase their abilities including completing applications and auditions.

Unit 02 Preparation, Performance and Production

In this unit students will learn how to develop a performance piece as a member of a fictional performance company. Students will take on a specific performing or production role and will prepare for, and produce, a performance by carrying out tasks that are appropriate to the role.

Unit 05 Musical Theatre Skills

This unit may help you to appreciate and develop skills in a performance style that is different from your main discipline and is, therefore, useful in expanding your repertoire of skills.  You will need to demonstrate your technical ability in each discipline and will have opportunities to perform each skill equally.

In order to improve your musical theatre skills it is important to regularly review your progress.  You will therefore be encouraged to understand your own strengths, identify areas for your development and as a result set targets for your improvement.

Unit 06 Music Performance Skills

In this unit you will explore and develop your music performance skills to help you adapt to each style of music you may perform and improve as players/singers.  You will begin by exploring and developing the essential vocal/instrumental techniques you should use regardless of the style of music through teacher-led practical sessions.  You will be required to play an active part in our own development by reflecting on your progress on a regular basis and you will be encouraged to do this by identifying your strengths and areas that are in need of development.  The unit culminates with a performance where you will apply the performance skills you have developed.


Unit 1 is an externally assessed unit, set and marked by a representative of Edexcel. Units 2 and 3 require students to produce a portfolio of evidence which are internally assessed by teaching staff in school and externally moderated by Edexel.


This qualification supports progress to further study in the field of Performing Arts and Music.

Regardless of the career you eventually follow, studying Music will assist you, particularly with teamwork, decision making, communication skills and presentation skills. Music can help to build confidence and prepare you for the world of work.