The music sector has a value of almost £4 billion in revenue and employs more than 100,000 people in the UK. The content of this qualification has been developed 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 appropriate and consistent with current practice should learners choose to enter employment directly in the music sector. 

The mandatory content allows learners to concentrate on either the development of their musical performance or production skills and creative techniques, and relate them to the music industry.

St Vincent music department focuses on practical skill development and real-world projects including live performance, festivals & events, composition, recording & releasing of original material. Many of our alumni have active careers in the music industry, performing in bands, working for studios and record labels, teaching and other industry roles. 

Students are given creative freedom to follow their own musical interests and are encouraged to take ownership of their own projects and musical endeavours.

Course duration: 

One year for Level 2 and two years for Level 3.

Entry requirements: 

Five GCSEs – Grade 4 or Above. Ability to play an instrument (including vocals) For Level 2, Five GCSEs at grade 2 or above.

How students will learn:

Synoptic assessment: Synoptic assessment requires learners to apply learning from across the qualification to the completion of defined vocational tasks. The qualification has been designed to promote iterative integrated assessment through learning and teaching modules, which provides a strong basis for synoptic assessment. 


Course work, task assessments, music performances – concerts, recitals and rehearsal projects. 

Enrichment opportunities:

Recording studios, music universities, music festivals, events and concerts, radio stations, record labels.

Progression routes: 

From Level 2 to Level 3 BTEC Music Performance & Music Technology (Production). Intensive music programme. Other Level 3 programmes.

Potential university courses:

Music Business, Music Performance, Music Technology, Music Composition.

Potential career paths:

Music Performer, Producer, Composer, Music Teacher, Music Engineer, Music Agent.

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