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Key Facts

Level:
Level 1
Subject Sector:
9.1 Performing Arts
Credits:
37
Qualification No:
601/4437/3
GLH:
290 hours
Total qualification time:
370 hours
Price:
£126.50 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 the single mandatory unit from the Mandatory Group (M), totalling 3 credits. In addition, they must complete a minimum of 21 credits from Group O1 (Optional units - Music and Music Technology) and 13 further credits from either Group O1 or Group O2 (Optional units - Employability Skills, English and Maths). Learners cannot include more than one unit with the same or similar title.


    Units

    Mandatory

    Learners 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 (Music and Music Technology)

    Learners must complete a minimum of 21 credits from this group.

    Basic Music Theory

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Basic Music Theory

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

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Collaborative Composition

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    27
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    K/506/6710
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    Creating Harmony

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Creating Harmony

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    35
    Credits:
    4
    Unit No:
    M/506/6711
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    DJing Skills

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    DJing Skills

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    27
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    M/504/8032
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    Freelancing

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Freelancing

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    34
    Credits:
    4
    Unit No:
    T/506/6712
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    Live Sound Recording

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Live Sound Recording

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    24
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    A/506/6713
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    MIDI and Audio Techniques

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    MIDI and Audio Techniques

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    40
    Credits:
    5
    Unit No:
    L/504/8040
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    MIDI Sequencing and Software

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    MIDI Sequencing and Software

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    40
    Credits:
    4
    Unit No:
    R/504/8041
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    Multi-Track Audio Recording

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Multi-Track Audio Recording

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

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Music Arrangement

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    24
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    J/506/6715
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    Music Improvisation

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Music Improvisation

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

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Music Marketing and Promotion

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    24
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    R/506/6717
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    Music Production and Remixing Techniques

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Music Production and Remixing Techniques

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    32
    Credits:
    4
    Unit No:
    Y/506/6718
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    Music Rehearsal Skills

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Music Rehearsal Skills

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

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    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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    Putting on a Music Event

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Putting on a Music Event

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    34
    Credits:
    4
    Unit No:
    R/506/6720
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    Song Writing Skills in Popular Music

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    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

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    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

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    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

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    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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    Optional units: Employability, English and Maths

    A maximum of 13 credits may be completed from group O2a, O2b and O2c.

    Employability Skills

    A maximum of 13 credits may be completed from group O2a, O2b and O2c.

    Applying for a Job

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    M/617/4059
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    Career Planning

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    A/617/4064
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    Communication skills for work

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    A/617/4081
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    Conduct at Work

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    R/617/4071
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    Customer service skills

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    16
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    H/617/4074
    Click here to view full unit details

    Digital Skills for Work

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    M/617/4157
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    Exploring Entrepreneurship

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    H/617/4091
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    Exploring and Presenting Enterprise Ideas

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    H/617/4088
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    Health and Safety in the Workplace

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    A/617/4095
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    Interview Skills

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    L/617/4098
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    Introduction to Self-Employment

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    F/617/4101
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    Making the Most of Work Placement

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    R/617/4104
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    Negotiation Skills

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    H/617/4107
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    Numeracy Skills for Work

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    L/617/4148
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    Searching for a Job

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    T/617/4130
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    Self-Management Skills for Work

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    J/617/4133
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    Setting and Meeting Work-Related Targets

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    D/617/4137
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    Skills for Creative Thinkers

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    15
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    H/504/6262
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    Skills for Effective Participants

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    15
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    Y/504/6260
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    Skills for Independent Enquirers

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    15
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    D/504/6258
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    Skills for Reflective Learners

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    15
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    A/504/6915
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    Solving Work-Related Problems

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    K/617/4142
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    Time Management

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    A/617/4145
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    Working Safely

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    10
    Credits:
    1
    Unit No:
    H/617/4124
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    Working in a Team

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    L/617/4151
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    Working with Colleagues

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    D/617/4154
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    English

    A maximum of 13 credits may be completed from group O2a, O2b and O2c.

    Engage in Discussion

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Engage in Discussion

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    M/505/6129
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    Engage in Discussion

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    Y/505/6321
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    Listen and Respond

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Listen and Respond

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    H/505/4135
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    Listen and Respond

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    D/505/6319
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    Read for Information

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Read for Information

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    H/505/6127
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    Read for Information

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    L/505/4131
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    Read for Purpose and Meaning

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Read for Purpose and Meaning

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    D/505/6126
    Click here to view full unit details

    Read for Purpose and Meaning

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    Y/505/6318
    Click here to view full unit details
    Speak to Communicate

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Speak to Communicate

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    K/505/6128
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    Speak to Communicate

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    R/505/6320
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    Write Accurately

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Write Accurately

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    L/505/4159
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    Write with Accuracy

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    F/505/4160
    Click here to view full unit details
    Write to Communicate

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Write to Communicate

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    H/505/6130
    Click here to view full unit details

    Write to Communicate

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    D/505/6322
    Click here to view full unit details
    Maths

    A maximum of 13 credits may be completed from group O2a, O2b and O2c.

    Making Calculations

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Making Calculations

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    K/505/4864
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    Making Calculations

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    F/505/4868
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    Money, Time and Temperature

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Money, Time and Temperature

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    D/505/4862
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    Money, Time and Temperature

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    M/505/4882
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    Numbers, Decimals, Fractions and Percentages

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Numbers, Decimals, Fractions and Percentages

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    A/505/4867
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    Using Whole Numbers, Decimals, Fractions and Percentages

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    T/505/4866
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    Numerical Relationships, Algebra and Ratios

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Numerical Relationships, Algebra and Ratios

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    J/505/4869
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    Using and Communicating Data

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Using and Communicating Data

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    H/505/4863
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    Using and Communicating Data

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    J/505/4872
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    Using Probability

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Using Probability

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    A/505/4870
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    Using Size and Shape

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Using Size, Shape and Measures

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    M/505/4865
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    Using Size, Shape and Space

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    L/505/4890
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    What is the purpose of this qualification?

    This qualification provides a wide range of introductory skills, as well as core knowledge, relevant to the music industry, alongside generic employability skills which are needed both in the music industry and across other sectors.

    This qualification is particularly relevant for:

    • Young people interested in a career in the music industry who intend, but need a fairly extensive learning programme at level 1 before they will be ready, to access level 2 qualifications or a level 2 apprenticeship
    • Young people and adults, including those who have had a significant break from or disjointed experience of education, who wish to work in the music industry but need a a fairly extensive grounding in the subject and an extended opportunity to develop more general workplace skills, before applying for work.


    What skills, knowledge, or understanding does this qualification develop?

    Learners must complete the mandatory unit: Working in the Music Industry. Optional units include knowledge and skills relevant to different job roles in the sector (such as Music Arrangement, DJing skills, Music Marketing and Promotion) alongside generic employability skills (such as time-management and solving work-related problems).


    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 Diploma if they need an extended introduction to the sector including the opportunity to build up a range of skills and knowledge, explore a number of potential job roles and career pathways in the sector, and gain a set of more generic workplace skills. The Diploma will be suitable for learners who would benefit from an extended period of time working at level 1, up to 2 years, before progressing to employment or to a level 2 qualification or apprenticeship.


    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).

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