Leeds East Academy


Year 9 Options Process - Music


At KS4 you will get the chance to develop your instrumental skills and will be introduced to a host of new skills that will form you into a well-rounded musician who is ready to take on everything that the music industry has to offer.

Course Details

 At Leeds East Academy we study BTEC Tech Award in Music Level ½.

Within this course you will complete three modules, which will help develop a range of musical skills.

  • Exploring Music Products and Styles

In Exploring Music Products and Styles you will explore a range of musical genres and access a range of workshops to explore those genres. You will cover musical genres of your choice as well as the use of music in films and the media.

  • Music Skills Development

In Music Skills Development you will develop skills on your chosen instrument and learn what it takes to be a working musician, organising rehearsal and setting yourself goals for progression. You will be supported throughout this by peripatetic lessons on your chosen instrument.

  • Responding to a Commercial Brief

In the Responding to A Commercial Brief you will be set a task by the exam board where you will respond to a set of criteria with a performance or composition. You will be exploring what this brief means and using what you have learnt in the previous two modules.

Progression beyond GCSE

At college you can carry on to a Level 3 BTEC or an A-Level course. BTEC courses are designed to be a stepping stone into the music industry and are primarily practical courses. A-Level courses are more theoretical as well as developing your performance and compositional skills. This will prepare you to go onto University to study music further.

Where will the course take you? 

As well as careers that directly link to the music or creative industries, studying music offers you a wide range of skills that will be invaluable to you in the world of work. The aptitude to learn a new skill, the ability to organise you time and how to effectively work within a group are all things you will develop throughout the course.

There are a range of career options open to you as a musician and most working musicians will not limit themselves to one strand – it always pays to have a diverse range of skills! Some of these careers include;

  • Session Musician
  • Singer-Songwriter/Solo Musician
  • Studio Engineer
  • Live Sound Engineer
  • Composer
  • Music Compositor
  • Radio DJ
  • Events/Venue Manager
  • Promoter

Course structure and assessment

 The modules you will cover will be:

  • Component 1: Exploring Music Products and Styles – 30%, Marked Internally.

    In this module you will be marked on a series of workshops all based on a range of musical genres, which will include performance workshops, composition tasks, vocal sessions and group performances.

    Component 2: Music Skills Development – 30%, Marked Internally.

    You will prepare and be marked on a skills-understanding portfolio containing written, audio or video evidence that documents your knowledge and understanding of personal, professional and musical skills.

    Component 3: Responding to a Commercial Music Brief – 40%, Marked Externally

    You will respond to the music industry brief either as a music creator and producer, or as a music creator and performer. The brief will consist of a scenario that will include a list of 10 pieces of music from a range of genres that you have covered in Component 1. They will be required to use one of these in their final product. Music which is created and produced must be saved as a digital audio file. Final performances must be video recorded. All learners will respond individually to the brief; however, they may perform with other learners in response to the brief.

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