Music and sound technology

Music and sound technology

With state of-the-art music and sound facilities, high success rates, and impressive learner satisfaction, there has never been a better time to study to be a performing musician at Leicester college.

The department has access to professional grade teaching facilities, including four acoustically soundproofed practice rooms, three professional recording studios and over 60 Apple Macs and iPads.

Who are Leicester College’s Music and Sound Technology Courses for?

Our performing musician courses are suitable for both school leavers as well as older people and/or those with a bit of experience in the industry already. The appropriate level for you will be decided based on your prior qualifications and work experience – many learners stay with us for two or more years to develop their skills to the required level for employment. If you are aged 16 to 19 and don’t yet have your English and maths at grade C/4 or above, these subjects will be an essential part of your study programme. All courses are designed to give you the skills and knowledge needed to work as a professional in this industry .

Our Performing Musician courses are available at levels 1, 2 and 3. On our level 3 course our learners will receive small group tuition on their main instrument, as well as studying the history of popular music; music business; music technology; musicianship and composition. Our other lower level courses are designed to give learners the skills and knowledge needed to pursue a career in the music industry. They are highly practical in nature and centre on rehearsal, performance, instrumental skills and developing your academic skills.

The technical theatre courses we offer are level 3 – Production Arts BTEC Extended Diploma and a Level 4 Foundation Degree in Technical Theatre. During these courses you will cover things such as: backstage technical theatre; concert production; stage and theatre lighting; live sound and stage management; and you’ll also get the chance to help run shows at our professional city centre venue, the Sue Townsend Theatre.

Our sound technology courses range from Level 1 to Level 4/5. Level 1 and 2 are courses suited for learners wanting to understand the behind the scenes aspects of music recording, creation and production. Whereas our Level 3 Music Technology BTEC Extended Diploma offers a modern approach to traditional recording and computer music production, working on things like studio-based sound engineering. Our Level 4/5 course is a Creative Sound Technology Foundation Degree providing learners with the skills for a career in the music business, this course also offers the opportunity to focus of individual work-based learning.

Further Information

Learners will have the opportunity to engage in a dazzling array of guest lecturers and masterclasses. All courses involve a mixture of practical and theoretical assessment. We also offer a lot of work experience opportunities.

Lucy Campbell

Lucy Campbell

Access to Music BTEC (performing musician)

"The course gave me an outlet for my creativity through performances held on a regular basis. It gave me an excellent foundation in all the practical aspects of musicianship.

I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Leicester College. The course catered perfectly for me and I made a lot of friends for Life."

Lucy is now part of a band called Eden who have proven to be successful in the classical charts.

Beginners Guide to Song-Writing

Course Code: C5306

Key Information

  • Start Date 26 Feb 2020
  • Study Hours Part Time
    2.25 hours per week
  • Duration 6 weeks
  • Campus Abbey Park Campus

This course is for adults aged 19+. This is a six-week evening course for beginners. It will give you some solid hints and tips on writing songs and is delivered from our facilities at Abbey Park campus. This course doesn’t lead to a formal qualification which means there is a relaxed approach in class and […]

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Introduction to Playing Drums

Course Code: C5307

Key Information

  • Start Date 30 Oct 2019
  • Study Hours Part Time
    2.25 hours per week
  • Duration 6 weeks
  • Campus Abbey Park Campus

This course is for adults aged 19+. This course is over six weeks: an evening a week and it will teach you how to play the drum kit. You’ll be taught in small groups from the very basics of using and playing the drums on both electronic and acoustic kits in our music and sound […]

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Music Technology Diploma level 2

Course Code: C0161

Key Information

  • Start Date 03 Sep 2019
  • Study Hours Full Time
  • Duration 1 year
  • Campus Abbey Park Campus

This course is for those seeking a career in the music industry including recording studio engineers, modern computer producers, live sound engineers for concerts and theatres, radio, TV and film sound and sound equipment manufacturing. You’ll gain a broad overview of all the creative and technical aspects that music technology has to offer. We also […]

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Music Technology Diploma level 3

Course Code: C0173

Key Information

  • Start Date 03 Sep 2019
  • Study Hours Full Time
  • Duration 1 year
  • Campus Abbey Park Campus

Taught over two separate years, this level 3 course offers a broad overview of the many skills which are need to become a modern music producer. It is equivalent to three A levels (or one and a half if you leave after year one). Successful completion of the course means you will be eligible to […]

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Music Technology Foundation Degree

Course Code: C0044

Key Information

  • Start Date 23 Sep 2020
  • Study Hours Full Time
  • Duration 2 years
  • Campus Abbey Park Campus

The two-year foundation degree in music technology, in association with De Montfort University, is an industry-facing programme that offers a wide range of relevant music technology themes and subjects. Graduates will have a strong scientific understanding of acoustics and various audio technology applications required by this dynamic sector. Vital industry skill sets will be developed […]

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Music Technology Foundation Degree

Course Code: C0044

Key Information

  • Start Date 24 Sep 2019
  • Study Hours Full Time
  • Duration 2 years
  • Campus Abbey Park Campus

The two-year foundation degree in music technology, in association with De Montfort University, is an industry-facing programme that offers a wide range of relevant music technology themes and subjects. Graduates will have a strong scientific understanding of acoustics and various audio technology applications required by this dynamic sector. Vital industry skill sets will be developed […]

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Performing Musician Diploma level 2

Course Code: C0125

Key Information

  • Start Date 03 Sep 2019
  • Study Hours Full Time
  • Duration 1 year
  • Campus Abbey Park Campus

This course is designed to give you, the modern musician, the skills and knowledge you need to pursue a career in the music industry in a portfolio career. If you’re age 16 – 18, you’ll be enrolled on a study programme which will include retaking GCSEs or undertaking Functional Skills in English and maths […]

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Performing Musician Diploma level 3

Course Code: C0171

Key Information

  • Start Date 03 Sep 2019
  • Study Hours Full Time
  • Duration 1 year
  • Campus Abbey Park Campus

This course is designed to give you, the modern musician, the skills and knowledge you need to pursue a career in the music industry in a variety of roles. The course takes place in two one year parts. Students must pass year one to progress to year two. It’s worth UCAS points and allows entry […]

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Progress 8 Technical Award in Music Technology

Course Code: C6331

Key Information

  • Start Date 07 Sep 2019
  • Study Hours Part Time
    2.5 hours per week
  • Duration 28 weeks
  • Campus Abbey Park Campus

This course provides you with the opportunity to study music composition and technology in a way which will give you a basic introduction to the sector. It will introduce you to using computers to make music. This course is part of the Progress 8 suite of qualifications. It has been designed to meet the […]

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