Why choose Music Technology Level 3?

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, that combined with the fact that the teaching is provided by a current industry professional means that you will complete the course with a high level of competence and a broad and varied knowledge of the industry, preparing you for further study or a job in the music sector.

Resources and Facilities

Free peripatetic lessons for all Music Technology students in most instruments

  • 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
  • Close links with local commercial recording studio
  • Each student has their own ‘tool kit’ including headphones, an audio interface, a microphone, and a selection of basic cables

Teaching and Learning Styles

Students will find themselves engaged in a variety of activities from formal classes covering theory work to small practical workshops in the studio. As much of the course as possible is taught through hands on experience by a tutor with current industry experience. Students will engage in a lot of group work for the practical elements of the course where they will be recording each other or acting as performers for others to record.

Extra-Curricular Activities

During the course the aim is to go on at least one visit per term. These include; day long visits to a local recording studio, a guided tour of Symphony Hall where we look at the acoustics of the building, annual trip to Plasa (sound & lighting trade show) and there is also the chance of attending ‘Music Technology Live’ which happens in a different European city each year. 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.

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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.

Assessment & Course Content

Half of the course will be externally assessed and the remainder takes the form of coursework assignments, again incorporating as many practical elements as possible. Assignments will consist of a mixture of recordings, observations, and written assignments.

Special Course Requirements

To be able to access the music technology course students should have a good level of proficiency at an instrument and/or singing. Students also need to be able to read music to a basic level and also be able to play a simple melody on a piano keyboard. A good level of IT competence is also necessary as many of the course components are based around tasks using computers and technology

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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