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Music Technology - Level 3 BTEC Extended Certificate

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Useful Information

The main purpose of this qualification is to prepare learners for working in the music technology sector, particularly as musicians, arts officers, producers and directors, audio visual and broadcasting equipment operators. This qualification enables learners to develop a core of knowledge around the music technology industry and the use of recording and technical equipment. It provides the breadth and practical application of music technology learning which will prepare learners for a number of job roles in the sector, either in its own right or when taken alongside an additional complementary qualification.

In each unit, learners will  develop a range of transferable skills, for example communication, independent learning, teamwork, analysis and evaluation. Employers specifically look for these skills and behaviours to complement technical knowledge and skills, and so they will provide an advantage when learners progress to the workplace. The content of the qualification meets the knowledge, understanding and skills that underpin the role of the music technician. Students will study units, which include the following topics:

  • Studio recording techniques
  • Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) production
  • Live sound
  • Music and sound for media

Students will study two mandatory units (1 of which is externally assessed) and three optional units.

Course Overview

The Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma course is made up of six units:

  • Music production techniques 
  • Sequencing 
  • Systems and techniques 
  • Live sound techniques 
  • Sound creation and manipulation 
  • Back line technical management

The core unit in studio production forms part of a major project and culminates in students producing industry standard tracks.

Course Highlights

Course Specific Trips & Visits & Experiences

The Department organises a variety of trips which include visits to: Perfomance Showcases, SoundExpo Show, and presentations by guest speakers and performers from the industry.

Students have an opportunity to support the Music Performance students by managing the technical aspects of their performance at two music venues outside College as well as performances in College.

Career Opportunities & Further Study
Students could take this course to prepare for degree courses in Music or more general higher education courses, as the course offers skills that are useful in lots of subjects. With further training students could go into a job directly related to Music such as a Sound Engineer, Audio Technician, Musician, Music Therapist or Teacher of Music. The course will also help students develop the skills, understanding and knowledge for entering today’s workforce across many industries.


The course is assessed by 66% coursework, including performance logbook, journals, audio and video evidence, presentations, accounts and evaluations and 33% DAW exam.

The exam board for the course is Pearson BTEC.

Entry Requirements

Students wishing to do BTEC Level 3 courses, need to have (or expect to achieve) at least four GCSE passes at Grade 4 or above including English and Mathematics (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accpeted on a BTEC Level 3 Programme.

In addition to the general entry requirements for this subject, students should have previous experience of making or producing music and a passion for the music creation process. They should also have basic keyboard skills, which will help with the MIDI-sequencing, which is an integral part of the studio production process.

Students will be invited to attend an audition and interview with the Music staff after applying to follow the course. This will be an opportunity for students to present some of their performances and learn about how the course will develop their potential. Students will be asked to bring examples of music they have produced or recorded to their interview.

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