BTEC Higher Nationals in Music (RQF)
This qualification brings greater emphasis to the professions and opportunities within the creative industries. The combination of pathways and units will allow you to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to work within one of the most dynamic and growing areas of the global economy.
Recognising the diversity of roles within the creative industries, and the need for both specialist technical skills and broad employability skills, this qualification seeks to embed this range of skills throughout the units; stressing both the creative and the professional.
Pathways within this qualification
This qualification has been developed in collaboration with industry experts, universities, colleges and students to ensure that it is a programme that meets the needs of both today’s students and the industry’s future. To help our students develop in their chosen specialism, we developed a number of pathways, some of which are listed below:
- Session Musician
- Artist Development
- Sound Design
- Sound Engineering
Please note this is a combination of pathways at both BTEC HNC and HND level. Colleges we work with may choose to deliver a selection of pathways which is why we suggest that you consult with your local college regarding exact options available to you.
Careers after a BTEC Higher National in Music
Some typical jobs after completing the HNC*
Some typical jobs after completing the HND*
|Top Line Songwriter; Arranger; Songwriter; Transcriber; Performer; Solo Artist; roadie; Music Producer; Music Promoter||Composer for Media; Composer for TV; Composer for Games/ Apps; Studio Session Musician; Live Session Musician; Solo Artist; Performer; Sound Designer; Assistant Sound Designer; Sound Engineer; Studio Sound Engineer; Live Sound Engineer; Studio Sound Engineer; Music Producer; Record Label Manager; Record Label Owner; Event Manager; Artist Manager.|
*These are suggestions of the typical job roles related to this qualification at this level. Pearson does not guarantee employment upon completion, and you will have a responsibility to make sure that you meet the employer’s requirements.
Industry support and recognition
For years, employers have valued the skills and knowledge that BTEC Higher National students bring to the world of work. That is why students choose to study our programmes. We are proud to have developed our Pearson BTEC Higher National in Music with experts from organisations, including: Ramrock Records, the British Academy of New Music, BBC, the Music Industry Association and Musicians' Union, to name a few.
Support while you study
As a BTEC Higher Nationals student you will have access to a specially designed range of digital resources, to ensure that you’ll have the best possible experience during your course. These are available on our free dedicated platform for Higher National students – HN Global.
You’ll be able to access free online learning to develop your study skills to support your higher education learning, and career development resources to support you with preparing for the real world. With HN Global, you can also participate within a community of other BTEC Higher National students from around the world, via online forums, to discuss anything relevant to your course.
Progression to university
We work with universities in the UK and around the world, explaining the content, structure and purpose of BTEC Higher National qualifications, so that the universities recognise your value and accept applications from you as a BTEC Higher National holder onto a degree programme. You can currently top-up your HNs to over 1500 degrees worldwide and we continue our work to grow this number.
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Where to study BTEC HNC/HND in Music?
If you'd like more information, or find a college that delivers the BTEC Higher Nationals in Music, you can visit the following sites:
We have created a handy guide with more information about BTEC Higher National qualifications so you can find the right one for you.