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Music Technology Level 3 Vocational at Worcester Sixth Form College

Course description

This course is for you if you are interested in learning how a recording studio works, creating and recording music using computer technology, engineering the sound at live events, designing a sound scape to a specific brief or any other aspect of working in the recorded and live sound industry. This Level 3 course is equivalent in value to 2 A Levels, that combined with the fact that the teaching is provided by a current industry professional means that you will complete the course with a high level of competence and a broad and varied knowledge of the industry, preparing you for further study or a job in the music sector. 

Course content

Students will find themselves engaged in a variety of activities from formal Basses covering theory work to small practical workshops in the studio. As much of the course as possble is taught through hands on experience by a tutor with current industry experience. Students will engage in a lot of group work for the practical elements of the course where they will be recording each other or acting as performers for others to record. 

Entry requirements

  • GCSE Music at grade C or above or equivalent. 
  • Must pass the diagnostic skills assessment provided by the Department at Induction.
  • Desirable: Advised to work towards Grade 5 theory.
  • GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above, otherwise will be added to your programme of study.

Essential to read treble and bass clef. Essential to recognise keys up to three sharps and three flats. Good vocational/ instrumental skills. Commitment to complete individual coursework tasks – 70% of the AS course. Interest in a variety of music styles


A third of the course will be externally assessed and the remainder take sthe form of coursework assignments, again incorporating as many practical elements as possible. Assignments will consist of a mixture of recordings, observations, and written assignments. 

Financial information

Optional visits/workshops £30

Future opportunities

This course is perfect for anyone looking to embark on a career in the musci industry including further study in Higher Education or an advanced apprenticeship.

Further information

Resources and Facilities
Free peripatetic lessons for all Music Technology students in most instruments
Purpose built newly refurbished recording studio
3 x Rehearsal studios for Music Technology student use, also double as mini recording studios
 Music Technology computer suite containing 21 up to date PCs running the latest version of Cubase along with M-Audio midi keyboards
Close links with local commercial recording studio 
Extra-curricular Activities 
During the course the aim is to go on at least one visit per term. These include; day long visits to a local recording studio, a guided tour of Symphony Hall where we look at the acoustics of the building, annual trip to Plasa (sound & lighting trade show) and there is also the chance of attending 'Music Technology Live'which happens in a different European city each year. 
You also get the opportunity to get involved with the Performing Arts Academy. If you're not much of a performer you can get involved with the technical aspects of the productions such as sound lighting, pyrotechnics etc. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Worcester Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 18 October 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years
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