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Music Production Level 3 Extended Diploma at Strode College

Course description

This course offers a wide range of subjects so you can develop the practical skills, technical knowledge and portfolio of work needed to take the next step into the music industry or to move up into higher education.

Music production covers many areas over the two year of the course and you do not necessarily need to play an instrument to get started. Students often start the course with a variety of previous experience including IT, engineering, DJ performance, instrument skills, bands, producing and live sound. You must demonstrate that you are committed and motivated to work hard.

Here are just a few examples of the many exciting assignments you will be set on this course: remix a track in Logic, string and set up a guitar, record a band in the studio; organise a music event at a local venue; set up a stage and run a sound desk; compose a sound track for a computer game.

You will study a range of industry focused subjects including: Music Events; Mixing; Mastering; Listening Skills for Musicians; Backline and Technical Management; Sequencing; Composing; Performance using technology; Creating and Marketing a Musical Product; Synthesis and Sampling; Live Sound; Video Production; Sound Design. You will create a portfolio of your work including studio recordings, mixes, compositions and videos.

  • Logic Pro and Ableton Live music production software
  • Industry links include music venues, instrument technicians and local studios
  • Bookable recording studios and rehearsal facilities
  • Adobe video editing, sound editing and graphic design software
  • Develop your instrumental skills with weekly lessons and performance opportunities. (Instrument lessons are available on a subsidised basis)
  • Optional unit in DJ Performance

The course group runs the record label ‘StrodeTech’, which allows you to develop real world projects such as creating and marketing your own musical product, organising promotional events and establishing an online presence. You will also organise a launch party which will be covered by local radio, local press and be attended by people in the music industry. This is a real opportunity to showcase your music performance, composition and production skills.

Music Technology students gain links and insights into the industry through visits, trips and ‘production’ workshops. These include, The BPM Show at the NEC, The Music Production Show in London, Bristol - Chemical Record and O2 Academy (live sound focus), Bath - Real World Studios and Bath Spa University. Our growing list of industry links includes Paul White form Sound on Sound magazine, Orchard Recording Studios, O2 Academy Bristol, Real World Studios, SDOS Recordings, Jaywalk Music, The Red Brick Building, The Musician’s Union as well as music producers including ‘Anugoo,’ ‘Dharmonk,’ and DJ ‘Roy Bar’.

Each year, Strode Music Technology students release a compilation album showcasing their work.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs grades A* - C or equivalent, such as Level 2 Diploma at pass, merit or distinction. GCSE Music and/or English Language and instrumental skills will be an advantage but are not essential.


The course is continually assessed through a series of practical assignments, presentations, blog entries, worksheets and written reports. Assignment briefs clearly outline what you have to do and how you will be assessed. There is plenty of support available to help you achieve your full potential.

Financial information

Headphones and an external hard drive.

Future opportunities

Career options include live sound for music venues and festivals, theatre technician, radio, TV, performing musicians, DJs, journalism, computer games, composition work, education, promotion and events.

Our students have gone on to study degrees in Creative Music Technology (Bath Spa), Sound Technology, Music Events Management, Music Performance (BIMM), Commercial Music, TV/Film and Game Technology (UWE). Students have gained work in the industry as promoters, producers, DJs and theatre technicians. 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 29 April 2016

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