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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.

Music Technology Diploma level 2 – C0161

Course Code: C0161

Key Information

  • Start Date 01 Sep 2020
  • Study Hours Full Time
  • Duration 1 year
  • Campus Abbey Park Campus

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

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Music Technology Extended Diploma level 3 – C0173

Course Code: C0173

Key Information

  • Start Date 01 Sep 2020
  • Study Hours Full Time
  • Duration 1 year
  • Campus Abbey Park Campus

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. […]

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Performing Musician Diploma level 2 – C0125

Course Code: C0125

Key Information

  • Start Date 01 Sep 2020
  • Study Hours Full Time
  • Duration 1 year
  • Campus Abbey Park Campus

This course offers a very practical approach to what is involved in being a modern musician. You will learn the skills and knowledge you need to pursue a career in the modern music industry. If you are age 16 to 18, you’ll be enrolled on a study programme which will include retaking GCSEs or undertaking […]

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Performing Musician Subsidiary Diploma level 3 – C0171

Course Code: C0171

Key Information

  • Start Date 01 Sep 2020
  • 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. 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 […]

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Music Performance with Business Foundation Degree – C2335

Course Code: C2335

Key Information

  • Start Date 28 Sep 2020
  • Study Hours Full Time
  • Duration 1 year
  • Campus Abbey Park Campus

This foundation degree gives you an excellent grounding of a variety of topics to spark your creativity and skills relevant to a career as a performing musician. You will gain invaluable knowledge and hands-on experience which will develop familiarity into this fun and vibrant industry.

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Music Technology Foundation Degree – C0044

Course Code: C0044

Key Information

  • Start Date 28 Sep 2020
  • Study Hours Full Time
  • Duration 1 year
  • Campus Abbey Park Campus

Join a unique degree programme which combines both creativity and technology to give you the ultimate skillset. Accredited as an Apple Pro Training Centre and with access to our modern recording facilities, you'll be able to study subject specialisms whilst developing a strong scientific understanding of the music industry.

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Performing Musician Higher National Certificate – C2333

Course Code: C2333

Key Information

  • Start Date 01 Aug 2021
  • Study Hours Part Time
    4 hours per week
  • Duration 1 year
  • Campus Abbey Park Campus

Combining performance skills with industry knowledge this course will help you develop a strong understanding of what it takes to become a performing musician. With access to modern recording studios, industry-expert teaching, and well-equipped rehearsal space, you have the opportunity to take your creativity to the next step and become a professional in the music industry.

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Music Technology Foundation Degree – C0044

Course Code: C0044

Key Information

  • Start Date 23 Sep 2021
  • Study Hours Full Time
  • Duration 1 year
  • Campus Abbey Park Campus

Join a unique degree programme which combines both creativity and technology to give you the ultimate skillset. Accredited as an Apple Pro Training Centre and with access to our modern recording facilities, you'll be able to study subject specialisms whilst developing a strong scientific understanding of the music industry.

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Music Performance with Business Foundation Degree – C2335

Course Code: C2335

Key Information

  • Start Date 28 Sep 2021
  • Study Hours Full Time
  • Duration 1 year
  • Campus Abbey Park Campus

This foundation degree gives you an excellent grounding of a variety of topics to spark your creativity and skills relevant to a career as a performing musician. You will gain invaluable knowledge and hands-on experience which will develop familiarity into this fun and vibrant industry.

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