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Music Technology: Digital music production BTEC Level 3 at The Harvey Grammar School

Course description

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY: Digital Music Production - BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate              

Examining Board: PEARSON Head of Department: Mr S J Barker


A BTEC Level 3 Diploma is a practical, work-related course. You learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. As well as learning about the employment area you have chosen, you develop the skills you would need to begin a career in Music Technology.


This qualification is equivalent to one A Level.

This course provides a natural progression from the BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Music (ideally with the Music Technology units). A knowledge of basic music theory and terminology, and some experience of music technology equipment and software, is essential.


Course content

What is the course structure?

The course is made up of five units, of which two are mandatory units and one is externally assessed (indicated below by *).  The remainder of the units are chosen with guidance from your tutor from a selection of optional units. The units are:


  • Music and Sound for Media
  • DAW Production*


Optional units – remainder chosen from:

  • Creative Synthesis and Sampling
  • Remixing and Reworking
  • Mixing and Mastering Techniques
  • Commercial Music Production

Entry requirements

BTEC diploma in music technology

Entry Criteria: Level 2 BTEC Music at Merit or above and GCSE grade 4 in English and Maths


How is the course assessed?

All units are assessed and graded via coursework activities (including those externally assessed, which are completed under controlled conditions) and an overall grade for the unit is awarded. Each unit grade is assigned a set of points, which are totalled up at the end of the course to provide an overall qualification grade.

Future opportunities

What can I do at the end of the course?

This course is a recognised route into Higher Education. Students may progress to a Higher National Diploma or Degree course. Employment opportunities range from music industry, recording studios, theatre, radio, TV, films or multi-media companies.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 22 January 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years