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Music Technology & Performance Level 3 Diploma at Somerset College

Course description

You will choose either the Performance or the Technology pathway. These are separate routes although students integrate on both pathways.

Whether you are interested in playing in bands, electronic music production or even classical music, this course can help you break into the music industry. It is ideally suited for musicians who prefer to play music rather than simply write about it.

You can choose to specialise in classical music, pop or modern music and be asked to play for the Music Technology students in order for them to record your track.

Course content

Units include:

  • Practice and develop your skills in your own chosen instrument
  • The music industry
  • Music theory
  • Critical listening skills
  • Music notation
  • World music
  • Basic music technology
In addition, Music Performance students will do live performances, work on improving their skills at rehearsing, being the lead performer, being recorded and performing in a music video. Music Technology students will also do recordings (both in the studio and at live events), make pieces of music in Pro Tools, develop skills in mixing and mastering, as well as working on the technical side of creating music videos.

You will also get to work with paying clients, gaining invaluable work experience in a professional setting.

You will use some of the industry leading tools and software such as Pro Tools HDX, and Digidesign C24 desk (a dedicated control surface for Pro Tools, which includes 16 channel pre-amps).

Entry requirements

It is expected that you will be a musician with some experience in playing an instrument. You also need to have a minimum of five GCSEs at grade C and above, including a C in English Language or a Level 2 Diploma in Music at Merit grade or above.


Throughout the year you will work on various projects with assessment through practical and written work. There will be regular performances of pieces, as well as opportunities to be recorded and aired on local radio.

Further information

This course will provide the UCAS points needed to progress to University.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 August 2016

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