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Music BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate at Bedford College

Course description

This course will introduce you to practical skills in performing, sound recording, composing and music technology, including the creation and production of music through the use of computer and sound recording systems.

Course content

During the course you will cover a number 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.

Entry requirements

You will need three GCSEs at grade A*-D, or a Music Technology Level 1 qualification or an equivalent Level 1 qualification. You must also demonstrate or provide evidence of musical ability and/or previous experience at interview.

Financial information

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.

Future opportunities

On successful completion of the course (and achieving Functional Skills at Level 2) you could progress onto Music Technology Level 3. Alternatively you could progress into employment in the music industry.

Further information

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. 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.

Last updated date: 04 February 2016
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