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BTEC Level 3 90 Credit Diploma Music Technology at Leeds College of Music

Course description

Why the BTEC Level 3 90-Credit Diploma?

This 90-Credit Diploma in Music Technology is available for those who want to study for only one year. This will be because either you already have AS qualifications and some UCAS points, or you are over 19 just want to do a one year course. 

If you are a school leaver or you do not have any existing level 3 qualifications, you should apply for the 2-year BTEC Extended Diploma in Music Technology course.

The 90-credit Diploma lets you study a broad and stimulating curriculum consisting of a variety of units that are appropriate to your specialism and truly relevant to the modern music industry.

Course content

Music Technology: The course

This non performance-based course gives you a thorough and up-to-date grounding in music technology, with a focus on using technology to capture, manipulate and produce music.

You will explore areas such as live sound, sound recording, sequencing, and mixing and mastering. Although practical skills development is a core aspect of the course, you will spend time learning to use music software in a variety of contexts and develop your understanding of the history of music technology and production. The course also involves a fair amount of written and theoretical work often connected to researching and writing reports, or preparing and presenting information. You will learn about the music industry itself and develop skills and knowledge which prepare you for professional life.

Units You will study units from the BTEC syllabus. Here is a list of the possible units you may study:

  • Live Sound Studio Recording Techniques
  • Music and Sound for Media
  • Music Technology in Context
  • DAW Production
  • Creative Synthesis and Sampling
  • Composing Music
  • Remixing and Reworking
  • Mixing and Mastering Techniques
  • Studio Design and Acoustics
  • Commercial Music Production
  • Working and Developing as a Production Team

Entry requirements

Admission Requirements

Minimum Age The minimum age at the time of enrolment for Further Education courses is normally 16 as stated in the Edexcel Programme Specifications. There is no upper age limit on entry.

Qualifications A minimum of 4 GCSEs (grade A*-C) including English Language and Maths. (Please note that equivalent qualifications such as BTEC and NVQ cannot be accepted)

You should also demonstrate an enthusiasm for/understanding of music technology, preferably with some experience.

Interview You will be expected to attend an interview and take a short music technology test.

If English is not your first language then you must have a British Council English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 5.5.


Assessment is done through periodic coursework, projects and set tasks. You will attend lessons 3 to 4 days per week.

Financial information

Will I have to pay tuition fees?
Most students will not have to pay tuition fees and there are no audition fees for this course.

  • If you are aged 16 to 18 on 1st September of the year in which you enrol you will not have to pay tuition fees.
  • If you are aged 19 to 23 on 1st September of the year in which you enrol you will not have to pay tuition fees if you have not already achieved a full Level 3 qualification*

If you already have a full level 3 qualification, you will need to pay for the course, but can apply for an Advanced Learning Loan to cover the cost of the course.

  • If you are aged 24 and over on 1st September of the year in which you enrol you will need to pay for the course, but can apply for an Advanced Learning Loan to cover the cost of the course.

* A full level 3 qualification is equivalent to 2 or more A level, passes, a BTEC level 3 Diploma, or NVQ level 3.

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Future opportunities

The BTEC 90-credit Diploma carries up to 210 UCAS points (dependent on the grade).

Our alumni have gone on to sign with Island Records and have number one singles (John Newman), and compose music for film and television (Richard Canavan).

If you choose to continue your studies in music at undergraduate level, the 90-credit Diploma will have given you a valuable headstart either at Leeds College of Music, or at other Universities.

If you decide not to continue with music, there is no reason why you could not move on to Higher Education in another area – like any Level 3 qualification, the 90-credit Diploma gives you a skillset relevant to a wide range of study and work.

Further information

Important reference information:

The college requires 2 references. Please provide the contact details for an additional person (not friends or relatives) who would be prepared to give you a character reference. This might be your instrumental teacher, employer or school music teacher.

Find out more about our BTEC courses by booking onto an Experience Evening. These can be booked through our website:

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 September 2017
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