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Music Technology Level 3 BTEC at Grey Court School

Course description

Music Technology is the study of both the scientific and creative elements involved in the production of recorded sound.  The role of Music Technologists is constantly evolving with new developments in equipment and ever-increasing standards demanded by an industry driven by innovation.  You will gain experience through completing projects to professional standards in both live and studio environments using and maintaining a variety of industry standard software & hardware; learning techniques for producing music using both audio and MIDI sequencing; manipulating and correcting audio using digital effects processors; and researching your progression into the freelance world.  

Course content

By studying a BTEC in Music Technology you will gain skills and experience from a vocational course that is centred around practical project work.  You will have the opportunity to be hands-on from the very start of the course and build a diverse portfolio of skills development that include maintaining backline instruments such as electric guitars, producing music using the industry standard software we have available in the specialist multimedia room of the sixth form and controlling the live sound for concerts.

In the first year you will study

Backline Technical Management:  In this unit you will learn what a standard backline is (as used in the industry) and focus on setting up an electric guitar to a professional standard.  This will involve completely taking the instrument apart into component parts and re-building it to play as effectively as possible.

Sequencing Systems and Techniques:  In this unit you will learn how to realise musical ideas by using sequencing software to create pieces containing both MIDI and audio data.

The Music Freelance World:  In this unit you will learn some of the knowledge and skills on how to manage yourself as a freelance professional working in the music industry.


In the second year you will study

Music Production Techniques:  In this unit you will learn how to set-up a digital audio workstation; record audio effectively; create a good musical mix of the piece including correctional and creative effects processing; bounce the project to a CD.

Live Sound Techniques:  In this unit you will design and set-up the sound equipment and manage a live musical performance by creating good front of house sound and monitor mixes.

Special Subject Investigation:  This unit gives you the opportunity to carry out an in-depth and practical investigation into a chosen area of interest.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English but although helpful, no prior qualifications in Music, Music Technology or Performing Arts is required. Students must have a real passion for listening to and producing music.  Experience in audio recording and editing is desirable but not essential.

Although an obvious complementary course to this would be the A Level in Music, Music Technology degrees are often scientific qualifications (BSc for example) so as well as the creative subjects such as art and photography, Music Technology is an excellent opportunity to apply the knowledge discussed in a Physics classroom.


100% controlled assessment that is internally assessed and externally moderated.

Future opportunities

Music Technology BTEC can lead to careers as a live sound engineer, producer, musician, studio manager, mixing engineer, record label manager, ADR recorder, composer, editor, SFX editor, sound technician, mastering engineer.

At Grey Court we offer the opportunity to take part in several school performances as a music technology specialist will be available at various points during the course.  Extra support can be offered to students wishing to increase their learning beyond that of the six planned units in extra-curricular time.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 02 October 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Course code: Music Technology BTEC