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BTEC Music Technology Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma *FEES PAYABLE* at Millfield School

Course description

The use of music technology is becoming increasingly

widespread – from sound engineers and record

producers to those who need to create audio content

for a website or business presentation. This could

include editing sound for video clips, dance or

drama productions or even your birthday party.


The BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Music

Technology can be readily combined with a wide

range of other courses or as a complement to a

media/arts based curriculum, or indeed as a

companion to Music A level, giving it an extra

dimension for those who may wish to go into the

commercial side of music.


There are now a huge variety of courses in recording,

producing, creative music technology, song writing

and commercial music for which this course is an

ideal starting point. Facilities at Millfield are second

to none and will provide a thorough grounding in

the subject.


Course content

The BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Music

Technology is a two year course equivalent to an

A level, although it is possible to achieve a BTEC

Certificate, equivalent to an AS Level, after only one

year of study. In this course there will be six units

taught over the two years:


1. Music Production Techniques

Use of the studio, basic recording and

production techniques, recording live sound,

editing, effects and other key skills.


2. Sequencing Systems and Techniques

Using Logic on the Mac to create music in

a variety of styles.


3. Listening Skills for Music Technologists

Listening to your own and others’ work to

identify key features, faults, balance and mix.

Essential techniques which you will use in every

element of the course.


4. Delivering a Music Product

This is an extension of the recording and

production work done in the Lower Sixth. Here

you will finish your recordings to a professional

standard, transfer to CD or internet based formats.

Working in teams, you will gain experience in a

variety of roles in the music industry.


5. Marketing and Promotion in the

Music Industry

A practical introduction to these essential

techniques that will focus on a real event at

school which you will have the responsibility for.


6. Special Subject Investigation

An opportunity to make an in-depth study of an

area of music technology that interests the pupil.


Entry requirements

To do well at Music Technology it is necessary to

have some understanding of and interest in music.


It is helpful to be able to play an instrument or sing,

as well as being willing to take part in class based

performance and recording. An understanding of

music to the equivalent of at least grade C at GCSE

is desirable.

Those who don’t have this qualification can be assessed individually.


Teaching and learning in this course combines

practical, hands-on experience with class based

learning. This is a vocational course that uses real

world scenarios as the basis for each unit and as such

gives an excellent preparation for work in the music

industry or further study at degree level. Assessment

is through coursework set and marked internally and

verified by the exam board.


The exam studied is the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary

Diploma in Music Technology (Production).


Financial information

ATTENTION: Please ensure that you understand that course fees will
 be payable before submitting your application.

Future opportunities


How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 May 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years


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      ATTENTION: Please ensure that you understand that course fees will be payable before submitting your application.