Music Technology – BTEC National Extended Diploma level 3 – C0173

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Course Overview

This course is designed to give you, the modern music producer, the skills and knowledge you need to pursue a career in the music industry in a variety of roles. It is a two year course with students studying the subsidiary diploma in the first year before progressing into year two complete the extended diploma. Students must pass year one to progress to year two. The Extended Diploma carries UCAS points and universities recognise the qualification as a method of progressing to relevant degree courses.

If you are aged 16 to 18, you will be enrolled on a study programme. This will include retaking GCSEs or undertaking Functional Skills in English and maths if you haven’t already achieved a grade 4 or above.
You will take part in activities that help you to develop your personal skills, such as building your character and confidence. This will help you to live well and move into your chosen career.

If you are 16-19 years old these activities will be timetabled as will work experience and placement. You can also choose to take part in other activities.
For other age groups, activities will be tailored to your needs.

What You'll Learn

Year 1

In year one, you will study units on programming (covering Digital Audio Workstation use with synthesis, sampling and audio sequencing on Ableton and Logic Pro); music business (careers and the flow of money around the industry); composition (genre specific and to brief); recording (microphone techniques, use of hardware and software, mixing and mastering) and audio principles (acoustics and studio equipment).

Year 2

Subjects from the first year are covered in more detail during the second year, with more of an emphasis on independent study and in-depth study. You will explore live performance using technology, running a record label, running your own recording projects, composing for media and dissertation writing.

Entry Requirements

Entry to this course requires five GCSEs at grade 4 (C) including English (essential) and maths (desirable). You will be required to provide one reference and it is desirable that you can demonstrate 90% attendance at your last place of work or study.
You will be invited to attend a welcome event where you will participate in an audition to show you have a suitable level of experience in either recording, live sound or using computers to make music, this is to support your careers choice and ensure that we place you on the right programme for you.

Consideration will be given to all applicants over the age of 19 who do not hold formal English and maths qualifications.

How you will be assessed

Assessment is via coursework completed over the year. Examples of assessment include reports, recordings, compositions and presentations.
You will need to evidence in your work that your skills and understanding are sufficient to pass each unit.

Course Fees

Tuition fees

Tuition Fees (16-18): £0.00

Tuition Fees (19+): £7395.00

Additional Costs

There is a materials fee of £20.

Material Fees



If the course is longer than one year the total fees are for the first year only and further fees may apply in future years. All fees are based on a ‘home’ learner status. Please contact us for information on overseas fees.

For more information, please see our course fee disclaimers page.

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Course and Career progression

Successful completion of the first year leads to the second year of the course. Upon completion, you will be eligible to study for a degree in a music technology (including our own foundation degree) or other related subjects or progress to related jobs such as technicians, live engineers, producing, teaching, or composing for media. The non-musical skills you will learn on the course such as managing multiple projects to deadline are very much transferable skills to jobs that aren’t necessarily music related.

What Happens Next

Apply online via the College website, or if your school uses the Positive Steps @16 (PS16) application system please apply through this and speak to your careers advisor if you are unsure. You will need details of your qualifications and employment history, a reference, and a personal statement to complete your application. Once your application has been successfully processed, you will be sent a conditional offer and be invited to a Welcome Event at the college for a tour and suitability audition. You will then need to confirm your acceptance of the course offered to you.

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