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BTEC Music Technology at Winstanley College

Course description

What is the BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Music Technology?

BTEC Music Technology is a one A-Level equivalent carrying the same UCAS points as an A-Level.  This course can be studied alongside two other BTECs or A-levels

What will I study?

The course features a wide range of specialist units. These include an in depth look at the operation of the recording studio and the processes involved in creating a music product, focusing upon the equipment needed, suitable microphone techniques, professional studio procedures with a unit dedicated to mixing and mastering techniques.

The course also covers the use of sequencing software, developing your skills to sequence both MIDI and audio material.  You use DAW software to aid in music creation, production and arrangement through specific sequencing techniques.  The course also features a unit devoted to live sound techniques, setting up and operating the equipment needed for live music events.

The course aims to simulate a vocational working environment adding employability skills such as Self Management, Team Work and Problem Solving.

What subjects combine well with Music Technology?

The course combines very well with a vast range of other subjects, both creative (Media, Theatre Studies) and science-based (Maths and Physics). It can be a stimulating contrast to other subjects too. Many of our students combine this course with the BTEC in Music Performance and/or Music A-Level.

What can I do with Music Technology?

Music Technology has a wide range of progression routes including University degrees in Music Production, Audio Engineering for Live and Studio, and Acoustics. When tied with subjects such as Media or Film Studies, students have gone on to study Broadcasting for both Radio and TV.  Some students progress straight into employment in areas such as Events Support at venues around the country.  Organised talks at or from universities are offered each year to aid progression, and the study of the music industry as a whole forms part of the course.

What Enrichment is available?

To extend your musical experiences you will undoubtedly wish to take advantage of our trips and visits that have included visiting The British Music Experience and Ronnie Scott’s in London, along with trips to see the orchestra in Manchester.  We also put on a range of concerts and musicals each year, and encourage students to get involved as sound engineers, performers, conductors and technicians. Recent productions have included ‘Joseph’, ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’, and ‘The Big Music Show’. Weekly ensembles cater for a wide range of musical tastes such as Rock, Jazz, Folk, Classical and Funk, and we actively encourage students to start their own groups in their favourite styles.

What are the facilities like?

Our Music Technology facilities are state of the art. The course is housed in the new Media and Performing Arts Centre. Music Technology is taught in a large iMac suite, with MacBooks available for mobile study, all of which contain access to industry standard software packages.

The Music Department also offers a second large music classroom, two practice rooms, a band room and two dedicated professional digital recording studios. All of which are soundproofed and fully equipped.

We have contacts with performers and practitioners in the industry, music colleges and universities in order to provide up-to-the-minute careers advice. Many of our former students have gone on to work in the industry and we always welcome their return to pass on advice to our current students.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 25 September 2017
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  • Start date: Next September