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What's Involved

This specialist qualification is for you if you want to have 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 and
  • 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 invaluable to your career development.

Entry Requirements

You will have gained at least 4 GCSEs at grade 4 / C or above, a First Diploma (at Merit) in a relevant subject or be able 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.

Where will it take me?

The Extended Diploma Music Technology course is equivalent to three A Levels and therefore will allow you to continue onto a relevant HNC/D, Foundation Degree or BA/BSc Hons. You can apply to continue your studies on the Open University-validated BA Hons Music Performance & Technology degree here at Havering College.

The Extended Diploma in Music Technology will allow you to experience a variety of disciplines within the music industry. This can lead to work within studios, music retail outlets, sound design for media, composition and live performance work . Previous students have gained employment as studio engineers, composers, music business owners, live engineers. teachers and events organisers.

Course Assessment Method

The course is assessed using a variety of practical projects, presentations, essays, performances and workshops.

Core modules on the course will cover the following areas:

  • Live Sound,
  • Composition & Sound design for film,
  • Sound for Games,
  • Music Video,
  • Marketing,
  • DJ Performance Techniques,
  • Events management,
  • Major Project (CD Launch) and
  • Music Technology in Performance.

Where and When

Music Performance, Events & Production - Music Technology Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma BTEC (Qcf)

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Fee Information

Course Code Study Mode Start Date Under 16 16-18 19+ International
A626NDF-19 Full Time 09/09/2019 £4,226 £0 £4,226 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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