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Key Facts

Level:
Level 1
Subject Sector:
9.1 Performing Arts
Credits:
6
Qualification No:
601/4436/1
GLH:
48 hours
Total qualification time:
60 hours
Price:
£28.00 per learner
Age Range:
Pre 16, 16-18, 19+

Qualification purpose

Prepare for further learning or training and/or develop knowledge and/or skills in a subject area

Qualification Grading Type

Pass

Assessment Methods

  • Portfolio of Evidence

  • Why choose this qualification?

    These qualifications are intended to provide learners with a broad introduction to the music sector, equipping learners with underpinning knowledge and skills specific to the sector alongside a range of transferable employability skills. They are designed to support progression to further learning and ultimately to work in music or other related sectors.

    The Skills for Music and Music Technology qualifications form part of our Suite of Skills qualifications that cover a number of sectors and are available at Level 1 and Level 2. The employability skills units are common across the suite, enabling easy transfer of credits between qualifications and supporting opportunities for cross-faculty working.

    The qualifications have been developed with the support of a number of further education colleges, training providers and adult and community learning providers. They have been designed to be consistent with the principles for study programmes for 16-19 year olds but are also relevant, particularly in the case of the smaller qualifications, for adults including the unemployed. These qualifications are also suitable for pre 16 learners.

    Changes to our “Skills for…” qualifications

    The recent review of our Vocational qualifications has resulted in changes to qualifications in the Music and Music Technology sector that will come in to effect as of the 1st August 2020. Please refer to the new Skills for Music and Music Technology qualification specification or unit spreadsheet for further details.

    Rules of Combination

    Learners must complete at least 6 credits including the single mandatory unit from Group A, totalling 3 credits, and further credits from Group B (Optional Units). Units with the same title or similar content are barred. For full details see list of barred units which can be found in the qualification specification.


    Units

    Barred units

    Barred unit description

    Mandatory

    The learner must achieve the single mandatory unit totalling 3 credits.

    Working in the Music Industry

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    24
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    D/506/6722
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    Optional Units

    Learners must achieve a minimum of 3 credits.

    Basic Music Theory

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    38
    Credits:
    4
    Unit No:
    T/506/6709
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    Freelancing

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    34
    Credits:
    4
    Unit No:
    T/506/6712
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    Multi-Track Audio Recording

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    24
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    F/506/6714
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    Music Improvisation

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    24
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    L/506/6716
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    Music Marketing and Promotion

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    24
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    R/506/6717
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    Music Rehearsal Skills

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    24
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    D/506/6719
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    Music Skills for Solo Performance

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    40
    Credits:
    5
    Unit No:
    L/504/8118
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    Musical Ensemble Skills

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    40
    Credits:
    5
    Unit No:
    J/504/8117
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    Song Writing Skills in Popular Music

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    35
    Credits:
    4
    Unit No:
    J/504/8053
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    Sound and Audio Production Skills

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    35
    Credits:
    4
    Unit No:
    L/504/8054
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    Using Aural Skills in Music

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    24
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    Y/506/6721
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    Using the Internet as a Medium for Music

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    27
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    R/617/0991
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    What is the purpose of this qualification?

    This qualification provides an introductory set of knowledge and skills, relevant to the music and music technology industry. Learners must complete the mandatory unit: Working in the Music Industry.

    This qualification is particularly relevant for:

    • unemployed adults needing to demonstrate their interest in and commitment to a specific vocational area to potential employers, particularly where further work-based training will be on offer
    • young people on traineeships who are working at level 1 and are seeking a short, focused qualification in the sector in which they wish to work/gain an apprenticeship, as part of the work preparation training element of a traineeship
    • learners of any age who have been disengaged with learning and need a short introduction at level 1 before progressing straight to a larger certificate or diploma at level 2.


    How is this qualification different from other, similar qualifications?

    This qualification is part of a suite which includes an Award, Certificate and Diploma. Learners should take the Award if they need only a small amount of focused learning in health and social care before progressing to employment (with further training where possible) or to a Level 2 qualification, as illustrated in the target learner profiles provided above.


    Progression & Entry Requirements

    Learners do not need any prior qualifications or a specific level of attainment to take this qualification. It is available to learners of any age. Learners can progress to a level 2 certificate or diploma in Music and Music Technology, including Gateway Qualifications’ Level 2 Certificate and Diploma in Skills for Music and Music Technology.

    Funding information

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    We have done our best to collate and summarise the key information, and wherever possible we alert our providers to changes in funding policy.

    This funding information is provided in good faith and it is always advisable to check directly with the funding agencies before committing to delivery.

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