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BTEC Music Technology Subsidiary Diploma Level 3 at Christleton High School

Course description


BTEC Level 3 Certificate in Music Technology (Production)

Students study the Level 3 Certificate in Year 12 (equivalent to AS), with the opportunity to progress on to the Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Year 13 (equivalent to A2). Each of these contains 3 assignments as follows:

Course content


Year 12:

Music Production Techniques

Students will learn how microphones work and how to use them. They will learn how to record music in a studio and then how to mix and master it ready for potential marketing and promotion.

Listening Skills for Music Technologists

Students will listen to a wide variety of recorded music and will critically analyse what they can hear in terms of musical and sonic components, faults and errors and timbral and acoustic properties. Evidence for this includes a podcast and a music magazine article.

Sequencing Systems and Techniques

Students will learn how to set up and MIDI sequencing system and also how to route audio correctly. They will learn how the language of MIDI works, how to manipulate and edit audio, and will create their own sequences using MIDI and audio.

Year 13:

Sound Creation and Manipulation

Audio Engineering Principles

Delivering a Music Product

Entry requirements


There are no specific grade requirements for entry, although a meeting with Mr Ralphson in order to discuss musical performance skills, interests and background is essential.

An enthusiastic, keen, positive attitude towards Music also required as is an inherent interest in technology and sound recording. Much of this course is computer-based, so strong IT skills are also important.


1 Assignment per unit.

Future opportunities


Students can study audio engineering at many HE Institutions throughout the country before entering a wide range of occupations such as management, production, education, live music and many others.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Christleton High School directly.

Last updated date: 06 May 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years