Music Technology BTEC (level 3) Certificate/Extended Certificate

Music Technology BTEC (level 3) Certificate/Extended Certificate

The BTEC Music Technology course introduces students to some of the key skills and techniques required by the studio musician, whether as a composer, producer or sound engineer. The course centres on the use of recording equipment and music software and is extremely practical. The department boasts industry standard facilities including 25 iMacs with Logic Pro X and Komplete 10 software, as well as 3 studio recording spaces.

Students are encouraged to listen to a range of contemporary music, recognising and assessing how musicians use music technology in today’s world. The course is also supported by visiting performers, workshops and external visits. You will undertake 3 units on the one year course and 6 units on the two year course. Units will cover areas such as setting up and capturing live recordings, live sound engineering, composing in different styles including the use of software instruments and audio files, listening to and analysing music, and creating sound effects and music for the moving image.

This vocational qualification links directly to current practice in today’s music industry.

Additional
Grade 4 in English Language. It is expected that students will be proficient on at least one instrument and/or vocals.
Assessment
All units are internally assessed through many practical projects and some written assignments. Grades of Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction* are awarded which are equivalent to AS/A level grades for the purpose of university entrance. Continuous coursework assessment throughout the year.
Progression
Music Technology combines well with many subjects, such as Maths, Media Studies, Physics and performing arts subjects. It is also ideal as a subject to be taken alongside Music.

There are a vast number of degree courses specialising in different aspects of Music Technology, including courses in composition for film, TV and video games, computer software and music production, recording, sound manipulation and the management of music businesses. Most of these courses lead directly into specialised careers.

Most of our students progress to top universities or conservatoires to continue their study of Music Technology. Our BTEC students have been awarded offers on the Tonmeister course at Surrey University. This prestigious course is widely considered to be the best sound engineering course in the world.