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Music - Extended Diploma in Music Technology (Rock School - RSL) level 3 at Kirklees College, Huddersfield Centre

Course description

This course prepares you for the music industry
and you will develop both your theoretical
and practical understanding of the business
as a performer, technician or manager. Many
of the music tutors are active musicians or
producers. The music team has years of music
industry experience, including management,
performance and production.

Course content

Students on both pathways study these core
• Getting Work in the Music Industry
• Revenue Flow in the Music Industry
• Music sequencing and production
Students on the music performance pathway
study these additional units:
• Music Rehearsal Skills
• Improving Instrument Performance
• Auditioning for Music
• Composing Music
Students on the music technology pathway
study these additional units:
• Live Sound Recording
• Digital Recording & Production
• Using effects processers
• Using Dynamic Processors
Musicians practice in our three soundproofed
and air-conditioned rehearsal rooms, equipped
with industry standard backline:
• Nord Stage 2 keyboards
• Ampeg bass amps
• Fender and Line 6 guitar amps
• Mapex drums
• Vocal PA
• Apple iMacs for accessing TAB, sheet music
and recording video diaries etc.
Music Technology students have access to
our three air-conditioned recording studios
equipped with industry standard equipment,
• Universal Audio Apollos
• Focusrite ISA 828
• Avid control surfaces
• True Analogue Synthesizers
• KRK 2.1 monitoring

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSEs with the following grades:

English and maths at 4 or above, and

3 other GCSE’s grade C or above + Audition

Music Tech experience preferred for the Technical route

Experience of playing in a band, or an instrument preferred for the Performance route


• A minimum of five GCSEs grade A*-C including English language, and maths at
grade D or above, or
• Level 2 qualification at overall merit grade, preferably in music, English at level 2, and
maths at level 1.
There are additional entry requirementsdepending on which pathway you choose (see below).
Music performance
For the music pathway you should be competent on your instrument and be at grade 3 or equivalent.
If you have no formal music qualification then you should have some experience of playing in a band.
You will have a short audition at interview to assess your ability.
Music technology
For the music technology pathway you should be competent with one of the popular music sequencing packages Live, Logic orCubase, and have maths GCSE at C. Playing an instrument or having a music qualification,such as GCSE music is not essential but would be useful as you will be studying some music
theory and practice.


With e-portfolios and blogs, video diaries, presentations and writing reports or essays, practical assessments, regular band performances (musicians only), recording and producing bands and mixing to CD etc, uploading work and music to the internet

(Skydrive, Soundcloud), doing shows in a range of venues in West Yorkshire, running a number events in Huddersfield, including Industry Unplugged.

Future opportunities

A degree in popular music or music production
at many universities, including Huddersfield,
Leeds and Leeds College of Music. The
Academy of Contemporary Music and BIMM
are both popular destination for the performing
A degree in music technology, media,
multimedia, music business and other related
subjects. Recent destinations for progressing
students have included LIPA and SSR (School of
Sound Recording) but many students prefer to
study locally at the University of Huddersfield.

Further information

Contact the college, tel: 01484 437070 or email:

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: 27 June 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years


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    • The college's Highfields Centre is home to all courses in Media, Music and Performing Arts and boasts impressive facilities which include:
      Professionally designed soundproofed rehearshal rooms, recording studios, media equipment and rehearsal spaces.