Teaching the BTEC Level 1/2 Awards in Music, Yorkshire

Effectively deliver this KS4 course which is perfect for students who enjoy practical music making.

Fri 14th Jun 2019, 10am - 3.30pm
Outwood Adwick Academy, Windmill Balk Lane Woodlands Doncaster DN6 7SF
Book Your Place Tickets from £125


The BTEC vocational qualifications – both the Level 2 First Award in Music and the recently introduced BTEC Tech Award in Music Practice – provide an ideal programme of study for students at Key Stage 4 who have thrived through the Musical Futures practical approaches to learning at Key Stage 3.  Delegates who are teaching either specification are welcome to attend.

This course will ensure that delegates understand the specification, assessment criteria and opportunities for practical, real-world student focused learning offered by these qualifications.  We will also look at how Musical Futures resources can be used to enhance learning and make the course accessible for all students.

Note: The course will refer to both the new BTEC Tech Award in Music Practice (from 2018) and the BTEC Level 2 First Award in Music (to 2022)

Examples of best practice will be shared including sample student work (video recordings & written activities) along with model assignment briefs and assessment/verification protocols.

Aims of the course

  • Understand the requirements of  the BTEC Music specification
  • Develop your understanding of the grading criteria and apply it to student work in order to assess effectively
  • Develop your confidence in creating effective assignment briefs
  • Develop your knowledge of how Musical Futures resources can provide accessible approaches to teaching to engage all students
  • Understand the systems and processes needed to deliver BTEC courses effectively

Please note: this course is designed for those who are interested in seeing how a practical approach like Musical Futures can be used to deliver this kind of qualification and are seeking ideas and practical advice on how a successful centre for the BTEC qualification approaches the specification and assessment criteria.  The course is delivered by experienced BTEC teachers but representatives from Pearson are not present on the day.


  1. Qualification Overview– Develop your understanding of the course and the specification
  2. Assignment Briefs– Learn how to use the Pearson model assignment briefs to engage learners in practical, real-world learning activities and make the most of the Musical Futures informal learning and classroom workshopping pedagogies
  3. Grading Criteria & Assessment– Understand how to unpick the assessment criteria in order to assess accurately
  4. Centre systems– Learn about the policies, systems and internal verification procedures required to run the programme successfully
  5. Resources– Explore how Musical Futures resources can be used to engage all students in practical music making throughout the course

Who is it for?

This course is particularly suited to:

  • Heads of Department
  • Classroom teachers in Secondary/FE
  • Instrumental teachers/freelance staff involved in BTEC delivery

What's included?

  • Sessions led by an experienced BTEC teachers
  • Example assignment briefs
  • Sample student work to review/use as exemplar material
  • Assessment activities to develop confidence
  • Sample internal verification logs
  • Exemplar centre systems and protocols
  • A selection of Musical Futures resources (worth up to £200) to use with your students including songwriting, music technology, playalongs and more!

Benefits of Musical Futures training

  • Based in a school setting
  • Increase student participation in creative subjects
  • Led by a practising teacher who understands the realities of classroom teaching and delivering the BTEC course with students

Book Your Place

Professional development is offered at at £125 (Early Bird)/£145 Standard per person, and includes:

  • All related resources
  • Lunch and refreshments

Cancellation policy: read our terms and conditions HERE

Secure your place by booking online using the form below. All courses are payable via credit/debit card, PayPal or invoice. For more information contact info@musicalfutures.org or call 020 7250 8323




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Kristina Carpenter

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Yesterday's course was absolutely outstanding. I now have a strong understanding on how to run it and know how my assignment briefs should look etc. Top marks to Martin and Fred Longworth!
Jack Cotton - Music Teacher, Broadgreen International School, Liverpool

Terms & Conditions

For information about our cancellation policy and other conditions of booking please read our full Terms & Conditions