Music in Key Stage 4 aims to further develop the skills learnt in Key Stage 3; Performance and Composition. Music is a popular subject at Key Stage 4, with thanks to the range of practical skills covered throughout the course. Students studying music at this level can expect to join a thriving department which aims to develop well rounded and experienced musicians.  


Useful for careers in…

Music Performance, Production, Sound Engineering, Music Marketing, Music Events Promotion, Composing, Instrument Technician, the opportunities are endless!  

Students at Key Stage 4 follow the Level 2 BTEC First, which is a vocational course, equivalent of one GCSE, made up of two core units and three optional units. Students are graded at; Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction * level.

What will I learn?

Core units

Unit 1 - The Music Industry: This unit covers an overview of the industry, particularly focusing on the shape of the modern industry and covering the emergence of the role of the self-employed producer, performer and promoter.

Unit 2 - Managing a Music Product: This unit looks at the development a music product. As well as providing a vehicle for demonstrating skills and learning, it also introduces the role of planning and promotion in the management of a music product. Learners can base their work on a live concert, event, a CD or online product, providing opportunities for both music performers and technologists.


Optional units

Unit 4 - Introducing Music Composition: This is a unit which encourages learners to develop creativity in addressing specific needs and requirements when responding to client briefs – similar to the behaviour required in the professional world of music composition.

Unit 5 - Introducing Music Performance: This unit enables learners to develop their skills as performers for progression to the next stage of their education or training, as well as developing their technique and reflective practice.

Unit 7 - Introducing Music Sequencing: This unit enables learners to use ICT for music making, giving them a valuable vocational skill as well as a grounding in a fundamental aspect of music making in the workplace.

Students can go on to study Music at A-Level or Level 3 BTEC after progressing through the Level 2 BTEC qualification, and eventually go onto study at University standard.