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Music Technology BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

This is a full time vocational course designed for people who want to learn about music and sound production, the music industry and other related areas. You do not have to be particularly interested in performance on an instrument. Encouraging student's creativity is one of the priorities of the course. Emphasis is also put on developing your academic ability and improving your employability skills in general.

Entry Requirements

You will require five GCSEs at grades A-C or equivalent including English Language or Mathematics. Mature student’s experience may be taken into account in lieu of this. There is no requirement to be able to play an instrument or to have studied music at GCSE. Suitability for the course will be established with an interview, this also gives you the chance to discuss any other matters relating to this course, other qualifications and general life at the College.

You should demonstrate a keen interest and desire to study in this subject area.

Please be aware we offer a Level 2 Diploma in Music Technology if you think you will not achieve five GCSEs at grades A-C.

Course Content

The course covers sound recording techniques, midi sequencing and sampling, music theory, live sound, music and sound for film and television, studio management, music/events management and aspects of professional practice in the entertainment industry. Students will also be made aware of historical and contemporary developments in the arts and popular culture.

You will be taught by professionals from the industry who are specialists in their discipline and qualified teachers. You will use the college computer music suites, equipped with Logic Pro and Reason software, to develop your sequencing and production skills. You will also have intensive use of our state of the art recording studio.

The course is made up of the following units:

Year 1

Composing Music

Delivering a Music Product

DJ Performance Techniques

Listening Skills for Music Technologists

Music and Society

Live Sound Techniques

Sequencing Systems and Techniques

Sound Creation and Manipulation

The Functional Musical Keyboard

The Sound and Music Industry

Year 2

Concert Production and Staging

Music Events Management

Studying Music from Around the World

Planning and Delivering a Music Product (double unit FMP)

Music and Sounds for the Moving Image

Music Production Techniques

Special Subject Investigation

The Music Freelance World

How will I be assessed?

You be continually assessed in all the units on the course. Much of the work is practical in nature but written assignments are required to support this. There is no final examination.

Will I need any extra equipment?

Good quality closed back headphones will be required. Although students will find it useful to have access to music software at home this is not a requirement of the course as all practical work can be completed during lesson time.

What qualifications will I get?

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music Technology, this course is equivalent to 3 A levels.

Functional Skills – Level 2 – Working With Others and Problem Solving.

What will it allow me to do in the future?

Higher education to study at degree level (about 30% of students on the course choose this route). Alternatively you could go straight into the music industry. You may also use the qualification to access other degrees/employment in areas such as media, film and television, broadcasting, acoustics, events/music management, live sound and other disciplines that are not directly related to music.

Course Information

Students, aged over 19 on the 1 September of the year the course commences will be required to pay tuition and examination/assessment fees. There are a number of grants available for students on low incomes and for those studying on a first time qualification.

This course no longer attracts government funding subsidy for students aged 24 or above on the start date of this course. To help pay for these fees you may be entitled to the 24+ Advanced Learning Loan.

Please contact Customer Services on 0800 056 0511 or email customerservices@southdowns.ac.uk for further information.

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