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Digital Music Production (Level 3) Rockschool at New College Swindon

Course description

This one- or  two-year course is a great way to develop your Music Technology skills. Through the three main topics you will learn:

  • the principles of digital music production
  • how to use music sequencing and production software in a range of musical styles
  • remix techniques
  • musical analysis
  • mixing techniques
  • advanced use of effects
  • to use Logic Studio  and Apple Mac based Audio Technology

This course is suitable for anyone who has a keen interest in Music Technology but it is focused towards students who wish to study modern digital styles of music production such as house, hip hop, drum & bass, electronica  and dubstep. The course does not cover live analogue recording - although there is access to a recording studio for students to record vocals or other instruments if required.

Course content

You will aim to complete three main topics in one year


You will learn how to produce music in a range of musical styles -  studying software synths, samplers, effects automation, and midi and audio editing.


You will learn how to restructure existing tracks into different musical styles- using time stretching, sampling  and various audio processing techniques

Listening to Music

You will have to analyse various records

Entry requirements

Ideally each student will need five GCSEs at Grade C to start this course, however  we are willing to accept any student who  can show previous experience or a strong desire to study the subject.


All work is coursework based and there are no written exams. You will be expected to keep a portfolio of your work, which is assessed and marked by your tutor

You must complete ALL units and assessment criteria to gain the full qualification

Future opportunities

On completion of the course students will receive a Music Practitioner’s Certificate in Technology worth 20 credits at level 3 on the  Qualifications and Credit Framework ( QCF).

You will also build a portfolio of work which will be helpful to any University application.

It is also possible to do a second year on the course and gain a maximum of 70 UCAS points by completing an extended certificate.

It can also help you on your way to a career in the music industry, or to a technology/computer–orientated career

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact New College Swindon directly.

Last updated date: 28 April 2016

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