Music Technology BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at Bedford College
This Music Technology Production course will introduce you to practical skills in sound recording, composing and music technology, including the creation and production of music through the use of computer and sound recording systems.
During the course you will study a range of topics, including:
- Sequencing – using software packages such as Logic Pro to compose, edit and mix music and soundtracks
- The music business – researching and exploring areas of the industry, such as record labels, recording studios, live performance and the jobs associated with these
- Sound recording – learning how to set up and operate equipment in the College’s professional-standard recording studios for the capture and processing of sound
- Performance – working in groups to develop your skills, using traditional and electronic instruments for live performances.
To begin this course you will need four GCSEs grade A-C including English, OR a Music Technology Level 2 qualification (with Functional Skills), OR an equivalent Level 2 qualification.
Applicants without music specific qualifications will need to show some evidence of previous musical experience; for example, instrumental skills. It is essential that you have a strong interest in learning about recording and making music with computers.
Entry will be subject to a successful interview, which will include a practical workshop session to demonstrate your technical skills and a short performance on a musical instrument.
This course could be free! You will be eligible if you are aged 19-24 on the 31st August of the year you are starting your course and are actively seeking employment and in receipt of a means tested benefit (such as job seekers, housing benefit, council tax benefit). Please note you will need to be able to produce evidence of the benefit in your name when you come to enrol.
On successful completion of this course (and achieving Functional Skills at Level 2) you could progress on to studying for a Foundation Degree or a BA (Hons) in a related subject. Alternatively you could progress into employment in the music industry.
As part of the course you will have the chance to go on a trip. Previous trips include industry conventions/exhibitions such as Music Live, and educational trips to The British Music Experience. There will be an additional fee of approximately £40 to cover the cost of these trips. You will be required to provide your own headphones and memory stick/hard drive to participate on this course. Advice on suitable equipment will be provided at your interview.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bedford College directly.