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What's Involved

This specialist qualification is for you if you are hoping to pursue a career in the music industry. It will train you practically on state of the art equipment in preperation for working in the many established and emerging roles related to music technology. You will work on individual workstations enabling audio and MIDI sequencing and use Logic, Reason, and Ableton software. Studio recording and mixing techniques are taught using two new recording studios - one with analogue equipment and a variety of outboard and the other with a digital ProTools HD system and surround sound monitoring. All tutors teaching on the course still work professionally in the music industry as performers, producers or engineers. The course includes workshops with industry specialists in various subjects including production, composition and the music business.

You will develop your skills and understanding in a wide range of specialist areas including:

  • Sound Design,
  • Composition for Film & Games,
  • Live Sound,
  • Studio Recording Techniques,
  • MIDI Sequencing,
  • Music Technology in Performance,
  • Events Management,
  • DJ Performance,
  • Radio Programming,
  • Music Video Production,
  • Marketing,
  • Acoustics.

Lighting workshop sessions are available with individual guidance. You will be able to book rooms and resources outside of timetabled sessions to gain confidence and experience on 'Industry standard equipment'. Our students are encouraged to take part in organised trips to music-related venues and professional studios. In addition, you will be supported in gaining work experience with the advice and guidance from experienced specialist lecturers being invaluable to your career development.

Entry Requirements

When you apply, in your personal statement, please indicate if you would prefer the Music Performance or Music Technology pathway.

You will have gained at least 4 GCSEs at grade 4 / C or above (including English and/or maths), a First Diploma (at Merit) in a relevant subject or you will need to demonstrate relevant industry experience. You will also be required to attend an interview where you will be expected to demonstrate your passion for a career in this area with the commitment and dedication which you will need to succeed. You will be required to present an essay on a set topic and bring examples of recording or sequencing work you have done.

Please Note: Students are normally registered in the first instance on the Diploma with progression to the full Extended Diploma after one year, subject to completing the coursework satisfactorily.

Where will it take me?

The Level 3 (90 Credit) Diploma in Music Technology is equivalent to 1.5 A Levels and stands alone in its own right as a qualification to prepare you for work in the industry. However, most students progress onto the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music Technology for a second year of study (leading to Higher Education in most cases).

The Level 3 (90 Credit) Diploma in Music Technology will allow you to experience a variety of areas of employment available to you within the music industry. This may lead to work within studios, music retail outlets or sound engineering. Previous students have gained employment in recording engineering, media composition, live engineering, audio installation and education.

Course Assessment Method

The course has 90 credits over a one year period which are assessed using a variety of practical projectss, presentations, essays and workshops.

Core modules on the course will cover the following areas:

  • Sound Recording Techniques,
  • Music Sequencing,
  • Acoustics,
  • The Sound and Music Industry,
  • Backline Technical Management and
  • Planning a Music Recording.

Where and When

Music Business, Events & Production - Music Practitioners Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma Rsl (Qcf)

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Fee Information

Course Code Study Mode Start Date Under 16 16-18 19+ International
A625NAF-19 Full Time 09/09/2019 £5,337 £0 £5,337 N/A

Notes About Fees

Fees shown are per year, they are estimated at this stage and will be confirmed at enrolment.

Find out more by speaking to Admissions:

  • For full-time further education courses call 01708 462833
  • For part-time further education courses call 01708 462801
  • For higher education courses, or if you’re an overseas student, call 01708 462801


  • To find out if you’re entitled to support call Student Services for advice on 01708 462718 ext 2718
  • You don’t have to pay tuition or admin fees if you’re 16-18 and studying a further education funded course.
  • You need to pay higher education course fees each academic year.


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