Why Study Music Technology?

This course is for you if you are interested in learning how a recording studio works, creating and recording music using computer technology, engineering the sound at live events, designing a sound scape to a specific brief or any other aspect of working in the recorded and live sound industry.

This Level 3 course is equivalent in value to a full A Level.

Why Study Music Technology at Worcester Sixth Form College?

  • Purpose built newly refurbished recording studio
  • 3 x Rehearsal studios for Music Technology student use, also double as mini recording studios
  • Music Technology computer suite containing 21 up to date PCs running the latest version of Cubase along with M-Audio midi keyboards
  • Each student has their own ‘tool kit’ including headphones, an audio interface, a microphone, and a selection of basic cables
  • During the course the aim is to go on at least two visits per year. Previously these have included; day long visits to a local recording studio, a guided tour of Symphony Hall where we looked at the acoustics of the building, visit to Plasa (sound & lighting trade show); a two day visit to The Eden Project and Falmouth University in Cornwall where we carried out workshops
  • You also get the opportunity to get involved with the Performing Arts Academy. If you’re not much of a performer you can get involved with the technical aspects of the productions such as sound, lighting, pyrotechnics etc

Progression Opportunities

This course is perfect for anyone looking to embark on a career in the music industry including further study in Higher Education or an advanced apprenticeship. The course is also excellent for aspiring musicians and performers and those considering a career backstage in theatre.

A large proportion of our students go on to study related subjects at university; either directly in music technology or related subjects in performance, music, song writing etc.

profile student

James Bower

Music Technology - Pershore High School
I studied Music GCSE at high school and now I’m studying Music Technology, English Language and Literature and Film Studies. This combination of courses will definitely help me in the future as I’m planning to do a practical film course at university. Music Technology relates to this as we look into different types of microphones and where/when they are best used. We also spend a lot of time working with software, which I’m sure will come in handy when constructing the sound for films. A great example of this is for a project last year, I created the soundtrack for a horror movie trailer, mixing and mastering sound effects as well as the actual music. This goes to show how Music Technology can be applied to other industries.

Entry Requirements

Essential QualificationsOther Desirable Qualifications / CombinationsSkills & Attributes Required for SuccessGuidance on Costs or Commitments
Please see ‘General Course Entry Requirements’GCSE Music or IT at grade 4 or above.Excellent attendance and punctuality. The ability to meet strict deadlines. To work as an individual or part of a team. A good understanding of music and competence in at least one musical instrument and/or singing. A willingness to perform in front of staff and other students is essential.A course fee of £82 is payable upon starting the course. This pays for basic equipment for each student which they then get to keep upon completion of the course.

Qualification Levels & Enrollment Options

Qualification NameA Level EquivalenceDurationAwarding Body
Applied General Certificate1 A Levels (1 Block)2 yearsNCFE

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