With the introduction of affordable recording technology over the last two decades, the traditional career path of working full-time in a recording studio is being replaced by a multi-income stream approach. To carve a career in the music industry these days you need to be able to record, compose, create sound design, remix, produce, working collaboratively with other music creators. This two-year vocational course will give you the skills to work in the music industry in the 21st century.
Level: Vocational (level 3)
Type: Single award
Begin with the end in mind
POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS:
Sound engineer, junior music producer or engineer, remixer, junior sound designer, music studio assistant.
POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY STUDY OPTIONS:
Music Technology and Production, Digital Music and Sound Arts, Music and Sound Production
Topics you'll cover
OVER TWO YEARS:
- Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) production using Logic
- Mixing and Mastering Techniques
- Music and Sound for Media
- Commercial Music Production
- Remixing and Reworking
As well as the units detailed above, you will get hands-on practical experience in the recording studio.
Assessment and Qualification
- Assessment: One unit (DAW Production) is externally assessed under controlled conditions, the others are internally assessed through coursework.
- Exam board: Pearson
- BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Digital Music Production
- Equivalent to one A Level.
Course entry requirements
- At least five GCSEs at grade 4 (including English)
- The ability to play a musical instrument
- Grade 5 Music Theory would be a useful qualification, but it is not essential
- You will need to be able to read music
- Music audition - demonstrate a good skill and repertoire on your instrument or vocal performance
- Good school reference including attendance and behaviour
- Making a good impression at the college pre-enrolment interview
- All students will be auditioned and given a chance to play examples of their recordings or sequences
- You need a high level of musical interest, which will be shown in what musical skills you have already, as sequencing work during the course requires you to work from notated music scores.
What students say about the course
"Music technology is a very useful subject to take at college. You learn how technology is used throughout everyday life, not just in music itself! Other interesting topics we cover include music and the sound for media, foley (sound effects), studio work, different ways to record and mixing while using Logic Pro. The teachers are very supportive and push you to achieve your highest potential. They give great feedback on how we can improve our work."
Nathan Finn, previously at Bitterne Park School
During your studies you will have access to extra materials and activities as part of your course. These extra items (such as equipment, study guides and workbooks etc.) are built into the normal day-to-day running of our courses and so we ask students to make an annual payment towards these additional costs.
A copy of our course payment breakdown can be course payment breakdown.