Level 2 BTEC Extended Certificate in Music

Level 2 BTEC Extended Certificate in Music

Course Code: L2CMUS Duration: 1 Year Attendance: Full Time Location: Farnborough Campus Start Date: 09/09/2024    


About the course

This course is ideal for School Leavers who want to pursue a career in the music and music technology industry.

This qualification is designed to introduce you to music and music technology. You will learn in a very practical environment and be taught by highly experienced industry professionals, using the Mac suite for your computer music work, performing live on stage and around the college at various events, and recording in our professional studio. You will cover a broad number of topics including the music business, studio recording and live sound mixing. You will have the benefit by being surrounded with performing arts, creative arts and media students and staff.

Who is this programme for?

This course is aimed at aspiring musicians who want to make a start in the music and music technology fields and wish to get the basics down before progressing on to a Level 3 course in Music and Music technology.  If you are looking to further your knowledge and experience of music and music technology in a very practical and exciting way, in our purpose built recording studio and live stage performance spaces, this course will essentially give you all the skills that you will require to progress. For students who have a passion for this subject area and are very well motivated this could be the beginning of a truly exciting and rewarding experience. 

What will I study?

The course covers a broad range of topics, with an emphasis on practical performances, as well as being introduced to the recording studio & live sound environments and computer based music using Logic Pro X software.

It is also important to support you in associated skills, so the course will help you to improve and develop with additional GCSE English and Maths where necessary. You will also receive group and individual tutorial support to keep you on track and if needed additional learning support is available.


The course is free for school leavers up to the age of 18, and all students will be expected to own and maintain good quality instruments, and will also need a good quality set of over ear headphones and a min 4GB USB Drive. 

Contact Us

If you have any questions about this course then please contact us by phone on 01252 40 55 55 or message us.

Your course

How will I be taught?

You will be taught by experienced industry professionals in our various teaching spaces that include the Westminster Studio Space which houses a live sound stage, recording studio and mix room, as well as the Mac Suite in our media block. You will also have access to our brand new University Centre building where students can book booths for group work, computers for solo work and use the well stocked library.

Teaching styles will include largely practical based sessions as well as lectures, workshops and lessons.

What modules are covered?

  • Composition
  • Performance
  • Recording music
  • Music industry
  • Music computer systems

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will take place throughout the year for each subject area, with students building a portfolio of evidence for each unit. Assessment methods include live performances, recorded songs and material, practical assessments of activities, online submission through SoundCloud and YouTube, PowerPoint presentations (both solo and group), written reports, essays and interview style Viva Voces with your subject tutor. Evidence will be gathered using DV cameras and audio recordings where required. Check out our YouTube page! YouTube.com/fcotmusic.

View a range of creative work

Visit www.farn-ct.ac.uk/portfolios to see examples of students' work across all of our creative subjects. 

Your future

What Next?

If you achieve a Merit (with some Distinction units) or Distinction you will be able to progress to the Level 3 qualification in Music Technology. This can lead to an apprenticeship or a university course in Music related subjects.

Entry Requirements

What is the entry process?

A successful reference, interview and music audition are required. You will need to play an instrument at a basic level, have the capacity to be versatile when working with others in a range of music genres, and most importantly you should have a developing passion for music.

What previous qualifications and experience will I need?

From school:

  • Four GCSEs at grades 9-3 (including English and maths)

From college:

  • Relevant level 1 qualification (to include English and maths at level 1 or higher)

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Course Enquiry

Please contact us through the form below. After submitting a form we will contact you as soon as possible. We will delete your information one month after the beginning of the next academic year.



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