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Samuel Whitbread Academy

Music Technology BTEC

Music is a unique subject that gives students the ability to express their creativity in a safe and practical way. It teaches students to connect with other people, working as a group as well as giving the opportunity to express themselves individually. Music integrates many different subjects, as well as teaching them transferable skills that they can apply to other subjects and careers.

At Samuel Whitbread we endeavour to improve student’s confidence through our inclusive curriculum and opportunities. The act of making Music develops young people’s sense of identity and increases resilience, which will help to prepare them for life after education.

BTEC Music Technology teaches young people about culture and diversity through studying different genres and learning their techniques. Every culture has used music as an integral part of life, whether it be to creatively tell a story, share a message or celebrate.



BTEC Music Technology is split into 5 units. Music and Sound for Media; Remixing and Reworking; Commercial Music Production; Mixing and Mastering Techniques; and DAW Production. Lessons are dedicated to developing skills required for each unit as well as embedding reading and literacy skills. Students will be given challenging and specific reading tasks to be used as a learning tool. All subject material for Music will be accessible for students through the sixth form learning platform, as well as on google classroom.


KS5 Curriculum

At Samuel Whitbread we follow the Edexcel BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Music Technology: Digital Music Production.

Year 12: The first year of BTEC Music Technology will explore the software and explore how music and sound are used in the industry. Students will discover how music becomes commercially successful and will learn how to develop their compositional skills and techniques, and how to compose to a given brief, as well as apply the mark scheme effectively. They will look at different genres and discuss how they are compared and contrasted to other pieces of similar time, genre, style and composer as well as discussing influences and developments.

Year 13: Through year 13 students will explore different styles of remix and reproduce these based on the knowledge they have gained. They will also develop their use of samples and compositional skills towards their DAW Production exam.



Students will have had the chance to study a broad and rich music curriculum which will enable them to access further education as well as continue to develop their love for the subject. They will also have had the opportunity to work with a professional composer developing their skills in compositional techniques as well as the ability to write to a brief.



Revision Materials

There are no published resources for this. Revision for this exam involves practising using the software in the music department.


Academic Enrichment and Extension Opportunities

Tech Crew and Extra-curricular: Students are encouraged to join tech crew which offers opportunities throughout the year at all the in-department events, as well as supporting school wide with tech requirements.

Workshops: You will get the chance to work alongside people in the industry and a professional composer.

Trips: We aim to go to studios and theatres to experience the tech aspect and allow students to see the industry in action.

Subject Ambassador: Sixth form music students are invited to be Music subject ambassadors. This means supporting teachers in lessons with other year groups, talking to prospective students and parents at open evenings and teaching extra-curricular clubs to younger year groups.


Future Options and Career Opportunities

Music as a career can take you in many different directions, depending on the area you choose to specialise in.

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