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Music Technology BTEC National Diploma Level 3 at The Manchester College

Course description

On this one-year course, you’ll learn about sound recording and mixing, taking a look at both the theory behind it and how it works in practice, using a range of the latest music software, in our state-of-the-art studios. This practical knowledge will be underpinned with a solid theoretical base when you study acoustics and learn about the music industry and how to make money from your music. You will also learn about live sound operation in sessions at the iconic Manchester venue, Band on the Wall.


You don’t need to have any formal qualifications to enrol on this BTEC National Diploma in Music Technology, however we will invite you to come and meet us for an interview and you’ll be expected to show some prior engagement with and enthusiasm for music technology. If you have successfully completed the Level 2 Music Technology, that will be beneficial – but it’s not essential.

Financial information

Much of this course will be focused on hands-on practical assessment, including live demonstrations, recording sessions, portfolio building and group work. There may also be some question and answer sessions with your tutor, and some written work.

Future opportunities

All full-time courses are free to 16-18 year olds who meet funding regulations. For further details please call the Course Enquiry Team on 03333 222 444.

Further information

Once you’ve completed this diploma, you’ll have the qualifications to continue onto a higher level course. A great next step would be to have a look at our HNC in Music Technology here at The Manchester College. Throughout these courses, you’ll be building up the necessary skills and experience to enjoy a successful, rewarding career in the creative industries, perhaps as a sound engineer or as an independent composer-producer. You can find out more about the huge range of career opportunities in the industry here. (Link to Careers)

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: 10 April 2018
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    • Shena Simon Campus is a vibrant sixth form centre in the heart of Manchester. The campus offers a full range of A levels and is well known for its excellent performing arts and music courses. It has industry standard media facilities and two theatres.

      Performances at the Waterside Theatre and Sackville Theatre are open to the public and are advertised on our events page.

      Facilities at Shena Simon Campus include:

      • rehearsal rooms and recording studios
      • IT suites designed for music and media production
      • DJ skills booths
      • photography studios and darkroom
      • Waterside Theatre and Sackville Theatre
      • theatre set production workshop
      • science labs
      • dance studios
      • library resources centre (LRC)

      Local area

      Shena Simon Campus is a Grade II listed building in a lively and beautiful part of the city centre. Whitworth Gardens, also known as Sackville Park, is a leafy urban oasis next to the campus. Shena Simon is surrounded by university buildings, giving 16-18 year olds a window into student life. The streets around the campus have lots of interesting architecture in the ornate style of the textile industry.

      Manchester’s central bus station and Piccadilly and Oxford Road train stations are a few minutes’ walk from the campus. The National Express coach station is just around the corner.

      Shena Simon has the benefit of all the city centre’s attractions. It is particularly close to Chinatown and the Cornerhouse gallery and arts cinema.