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Music Technology Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma at Newbury College

Course description

This one year course carries the same UCAS tariff as one A level, and is aimed at students who wish to learn and develop skills so they can progress to a career in music production and technology. Students will also be able to progress onto the second year, which is the full Extended Diploma in Interactive Media and carries the same UCAS tariff as 3 A Levels.



This is a practical, work-related course. You will learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. The course is designed to provide you with a wide range of skills and to broaden both your job and higher education opportunities. You will learn a broad range of skills including acoustics, keyboarding, mixing, recording and editing and produce a portfolio including a fully produced and mastered album, pop video, music-based website and scores for film sequences The course is designed to provide you with a wide range of skills and to broaden both your job and higher education opportunities. At points in the year when productions are scheduled, you will need to be in college for extra sessions to rehearse.

You will also complete a skills project which will build your confidence and your employability skills as well as covering subjects such as equality and safeguarding which are designed to broaden your knowledge of these subjects and help with your employment potential.

Entry requirements

Students will need to have five GCSE passes at grade C or above, preferably including Maths and English. Alternatively, students may be accepted onto the course if they have an equivalent vocational qualification at a merit grade, and Functional Skills Maths and English, preferably at Level 2. All students must have achieved, or show the ability to achieve, Maths and English to GCSE grade C or equivalent. Where a student has not yet fulfilled this requirement a functional skills qualification is a mandatory part of this course.


Assessment is throughout the year by assignment and portfolio. Students will be assessed by a combination of assignments, practical work, projects and tests set by the Course Team. Students will produce a portfolio of work which is assessed against the grading criteria for the units. Assignments set will have an agreed hand in date that will need to be met in order to meet the awarding body guidelines. Some units will also need you to complete externally set and marked assessment material in addition to your portfolio work.

Future opportunities

Successful candidates may progress on to the Extended Diploma in Music Technology and then on to HNC Graphic Design or to University. Alternatively learners may wish to enter employment.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 03 May 2016

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