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Music Technology BTEC National Certificate at Fortismere School

Course description

To gain theoretical knowledge, understanding and practical learning in the management and setting up of a recording studio based on industry requirements.

To develop the knowledge and skills to produce multi-track recordings, mix-down, editing and production processes using computer software, and apply basic concepts and practices employed in analogue and digital sound recording techniques.

To learn about how sound behaves in performance venues and recording studios; explore sound as a waveform and the physics of sound using formulae and quantifying measurements. Develop musical vocabulary, aural perception and theory of music from popular music, jazz, classical music, music from film and television and from around the world - sound engineers or DJs need refined listening skills and an ability to listen to music critically.

Course content

You will study:


The National Certificate is worth TWO A levels. Therefore if you earn a double distinction you will earn 240 UCAS points equivalent to TWO A grades at A level:

Four core units:

9 Creating a Music Product
24 Music Sequencing or
34 Sound Recording Techniques

30 Planning a Music Recording
39 The Sound and Music Industry

Eight specialist units from the list:

1 Analogue and Digital Audio Principles
3 Audio Engineering
7 Computer Music Systems
8 Concert Production and Staging
11 DJ Performance and Technology
14 Introduction to Acoustics

15 Listening Skills for Musicians
18 Music and Society
19 Music and Sounds for Multimedia
24 Music Sequencing
25 Music Technology in Performance
28 Operating Live Sound
33 Sound Creation and Manipulation
34 Sound Recording Techniques
35 Special Subject Investigation

37 The Functional Music Keyboard
38 The Music Freelance World
41 Working with Music Notation Software Packages
37 The Functional Music Keyboard
38 The Music Freelance World


Entry requirements

At least 5 Grade C's at GCSE level are required. A Grade B in Music is recommended, and B Grades in Maths and a relevant technology are recommended. Students should demonstrate a keen interest in music technology, and are likely to have experience of producing, composition and performance. A competence in essay writing, using spreadsheets and calculator, and applying basic formulae is necessary. A commitment to recording opportunities and school concerts is essential.

Further information

You will have regular access to a suitable recording studio, rehearsal space, PC computers and Sibelius/ Cubase software. It is hoped that during the course music industry professionals, such as sound engineers, music producers will visit, and/or students will spend time in London recording studios and at the Roundhouse in Kentish Town. Students are required to work as a studio production team/company managing budgets and keeping records.
Learning will require individual study and research, written essays and portfolios of work, visual/ oral presentation, group discussion, and both theoretical and practical lessons.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 22 September 2016
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