BTEC Higher Nationals in Music (RQF)

BTEC Higher Nationals in Music (RQF)

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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 industry, as well as what you would expect to achieve throughout your course. To help our you develop in your chosen specialism, there are a number of pathways, some of which are listed below:

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  • Session Musician
  • Artist Development
  • Production
  • Sound Design
  • Sound Engineering
  • Composition
  • Performance

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.

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. We currently have agreements to top-up HNs to over 1200 degrees worldwide and we continue our work to grow this number.

Visit our Pearson Degree Finder to find all the current articulations.


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