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Music Technology BTEC Level 3 Diploma at Portsmouth College

Course description

This course has been designed to support students with ambitions in the music industry, music journalism or radio - usually via Popular Music or Music Technology courses at university.  If you love music you are likely to flourish on this course.  We do not require you to have any previous instrumental, theoretical or technological experience.

Course content

Each module has been selected to develop a better understanding of the music business, all genres of pop music and the science underlying music technology.

We have a dedicated music studio filled with industry-standard equipment and a suite of Apple Macs running the latest versions of Logic Pro and Pro Tools software.  Many of our students either sing or play but this is not essential for the course; all that is required is an open mind and bags of enthusiasm.

You will learn:

  • How to record, engineer and master your own tracks
  • How the equipment in a music studio works
  • The development of pop music – from Blues to Muse
  • Live music: running festivals and gigs
  • What a record label does and how the music industry works
  • What World music is…

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs at grades A*-C, one of which would normally be English Language. If you wish to include a Level 2 BTEC or OCR National qualification as part of this entry requirement you will need to have achieved a Merit grade or higher.


This is achieved through continuous appraisal of your written and practical work.

Further information

Music Technology students have great performance opportunities, in College and at venues in the City, including the Cellars and the Wedgewood Rooms.  Studio time is available to create your own recordings and compositions.  Visits to professional music venues and companies include: Metropolis Studios, Britannia Row Productions, ABRSM and London College of Music.  Specialist instrument lessons are available (drums or guitar) for a small weekly charge.  You can also develop your skills in composition and be the sound engineer for college shows.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 July 2016