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Music Technolody BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at Havering College of Further and Higher Education

Course description

This specialist qualification is for you if you want to have a career in the music industry. It will train you practically on state of the art equipment in preperation for working in the many established and emerging roles related to music technology. You will work on individual workstations enabling audio and MIDI sequencing and use Logic, Reason, and Ableton software. Studio recording and mixing techniques are taught using two new recording studios - one with analogue equipment and a variety of outboard and the other with a digital ProTools HD system and surround sound monitoring. All tutors teaching on the course still work professionally in the music industry as performers, producers or engineers. The course includes workshops with industry specialists in various subjects including production, composition and the music business.

Course content

You will develop your skills and understanding in a wide range of specialist areas including:

  • Sound Design,
  • Composition for Film & Games,
  • Live Sound,
  • Studio Recording Techniques,
  • MIDI Sequencing,
  • Music Technology in Performance,
  • Events Management,
  • DJ Performance,
  • Radio Programming and
  • Acoustics.

Lighting workshop sessions are available with individual guidance. You will be able to book rooms and resources outside of timetabled sessions to gain confidence and experience on 'Industry standard equipment'. Our students are encouraged to take part in organised trips to music-related venues and professional studios. In addition, you will be supported in gaining work experience with the advice and guidance from experienced specialist lecturers being invaluable invaluable to your career development.

Entry requirements

You will have gained at least 4 GCSEs at grade C or above, a First Diploma (at Merit) in a relevant subject or be able to demonstrate relevant industry experience. You will also be required to attend an interview where you will be expected to demonstrate your passion for a career in this area with the commitment and dedication which you will need to succeed. You will be required to present an essay on a set topic and bring examples of recording or sequencing work you have done.


The course is assessed using a variety of practical projects, presentations, essays, performances and workshops.

Core modules on the course will cover the following areas:

  • Live Sound,
  • Composition & Sound design for film,
  • Sound for Games,
  • Music Video,
  • Marketing,
  • DJ Performance Techniques,
  • Events management,
  • Major Project (CD Launch) and
  • Music Technology in Performance.

Future opportunities

The Extended Diploma Music Technology course is equivalent to three A Levels and therefore will allow you to continue onto a relevant HNC/D, Foundation Degree or BA/BSc Hons. You can apply to continue your studies on the Open University-validated BA Hons Music Performance & Technology degree here at Havering College.

The Extended Diploma in Music Technology will allow you to experience a variety of disciplines within the music industry. This can lead to work within studios, music retail outlets, sound design for media, composition and live performance work . Previous students have gained employment as studio engineers, composers, music business owners, live engineers. teachers and events organisers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Havering College of Further and Higher Education directly.

Last updated date: 18 April 2016

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