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Music Production (1st Year) Btec Level 3 90-credit Diploma at Chichester College

Course description

This is a one year practical hands-on course aimed at introducing students to the world of Music Production. We have designed the course to cover a wide range of activities and skills from: Recording & Mixing bands, Creating original music using Sequencing & Sampling, as well learning about Synthesisers using some of the best hardware Synths on the market. We also cover the Music Business, Composing and Music Theory to equip students with necessary skills for an ever changing industry.

Course content

Your first year is aimed at getting you familiar with all the equipment that we use in order to capture and produce music. This achieved through practical classroom tasks and demonstrations, enable you to learn and develop your skills through experience. In Music Production Techniques you will learn about how to record bands using state of the art equipment and accessing many classic vintage EQ's and Compressors. You will be taught the skills to edit, mix and produce to semi-professional standard. The other aspect of Logic is it's powerful Sequencing engine, here you will be shown how to completely use Logic's MIDI tools, Synthesisers and Sampler, to manipulate and create your own sounds. Alongside these skills, we believe it is important to have a good foundation of how Music and the Industry works, this is a vital component in an ever competitive market. To ensure this, we cover Music Business, Composing, Theory & Applied Harmony, Keyboard skills and Music and Society.

The main emphasis and delivery method is the practical hands-on approach. The reason for this is that we feel you will learn more by doing and by making mistakes! This enables you to think about your approach and how to improve yourself as an engineer/ producer. There are of course class based sessions where there will be written work involved, and where possible it is electronic submission. This is to avoid a lot of paperwork and the potential loss of work.

Entry requirements

For all students: 5 GCSE Grades (A*- C) minimum, English and Maths is also priority. However, previous experience and playing an instrument although not critical, is very useful. For Mature students applying for the course, experience is not critical but is helpful.


The BTEC assessment criteria is based on Pass, Merit and Distinction. The majority of the assessing that takes place on the course is through practical work and observations. There is usually some written documentation or research that will need to also accompany the work that you produce.

Financial information

For all fee details please refer to the Chichester College website

Future opportunities

This course leads on to Year 2 (see MUS140CF1A) so that you can achieve the equivalent of 3 A-Levels. The range of skills you will have gained from this course will equip for University, or you can apply for apprenticeships/jobs within the industry.

Further information

We do suggest investing £40-£50 in a decent pair of headphones (AKG, Sennheiser or Beyer Dynamic), as well as portable USB3 Hard Drive to store and transfer Audio files.

For some trips there maybe a request for students to contribute towards some of the fares, but this will be indicated with plenty of time before the event takes place.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 01 April 2016
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