Music Single Vocational A Level (BTEC Extended Certificate)

Course Description

If you want to be a musician or a singer or just have a passion for performing then this could be the course for you. We are looking for students who love playing and listening to different styles of music, and who want to learn via a practical ‘hands on’ pathway. This is a vocational course with a wealth of practical opportunities which will challenge you to become a confident musician. You will also develop essential theory and knowledge preparing you for a career in the industry.

Entry Requirements

Students will be expected to have a minimum of two GCSEs at grade 6 and three GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English Language and Mathematics at grade 4. This course may be taken alongside A Level courses and may be more suited to learners with a strong profile of prior attainment in vocational studies.

GCSE Music or BTEC Level 2 Music, a proficiency (Grade 4 or equivalent) on a musical instrument or the ability to sing at a similar grade will be an advantage. Rockschool qualifications will also be accepted. Some knowledge of music theory would be useful for the Practical Music Theory and Harmony unit.

Course Content

Practical course with creative lessons featuring a range of teaching styles

Hands on experience in the art of performance skills and performing techniques

Studying and playing certain musical styles like rock and pop music

Develop your own instrumental or vocal skills

Develop your compositional skills

Explore what makes someone a professional in the music industry

Access to our industry standard recording studio

Essential musical theory

Excellent performance opportunities


There are four units in total, three of which are compulsory. Two components are assessed internally and two are assessed externally. There are elements of both written and practical work.

Component 1: Music theory and harmony unit

Component 2: Research unit

Component 3: Ensemble performance and

Component 4: Composition unit

Enrichment and Work Experience

We have a fantastic enrichment programme you can get involved with in order to have some fun and also develop your skills and compliment your studies. Enrichment opportunities include:

• Soul band

• Rock band

• Musical theatre productions

• Friday foyer performances

• Brass ensemble

• Concerts

• Music technology / creating music

Additional Information

Students will need to bring their instruments on a regular basis throughout the course as all of the units have practical and performance elements.

Links with other subjects:

Music blends well with many subjects including: Music Technology, Performing Arts, Drama, Maths, English, IT, and Computing.


Future Career Opportunities

Performing, professional singer and songwriter, teaching, music publishing, music journalism and media, music technology and research.

Why study at The Sixth Form Bolton?

You will be taught by a professional musician who plays for the renowned Black Dyke Band. He has won the European, National and British Open titles on numerous occasions and performed at Glastonbury in 2017. We have excellent facilities for you to learn and perform in, including state-of-the-art sound and recording studios and a theatre for performances. Music to us is more than just a subject - it’s our passion! If you share this passion then we invite you to join us and be with like-minded people who are all striving to reach the same goal. We expect our students to be committed to The Sixth Form and our course and we promise to provide you with all the help and support you need to succeed.