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Music Technology BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma at Holy Cross Sixth Form College

Course description

Music Technology students at Holy Cross get a chance to participate in a wide variety of music activities, both as part of the course and in the varied enrichment programme. We have regular band nights for budding musicians and those who prefer the technical side can provide live sound for events. We are proud to have excellent facilities for the subject, which have been recently upgraded. These include a specialist Music IT Suite, comprising 23 iMacs running Logic, ProTools, Ableton and Sibelius and a purpose built recording studio with industry standard equipment. There are opportunities to use the facilities outside lesson times and students are encouraged to initiate their own projects as well as those offered within the department. Other enrichment activities include the Musicollegey project, college production, guitar group, chamber choir, orchestra and jazz band.

Course content

In BTEC Music Technology, the course covers the practical areas of sequencing, arranging and recording.

In Year 1, there are three units:

  • Music Production Techniques: you’ll learn about the key components of a recording studio and how to use them to produce recordings and mixdowns. Through learning how to use recording hardware, including a variety of microphones, and studio software - Logic and Pro Tools -  you’ll produce a studio design, demonstrate how to setup and record a track, completing the unit with a mix-down
  • Music Technology in Performance - this unit helps to develop your listening skills in relation to music, specifically electronic music. You will also produce a piece of music that you perform live, using Ableton Live to control accompanying lighting and visuals.
  • Sequencing Systems and Techniques - this unit focuses on your ability to use sequencing software (Logic) and to demonstrate your skills by creating several pieces of music, utilising different tools in the software.

Assessment takes place as an on-going process for each of the units and includes the submission of CD recordings and supporting paperwork. Emphasis is on practical work and there is no formal final written exam.

Entry requirements

General college entry requirements. Whilst playing an instrument may be beneficial, it is not a requirement for this course. However, students should have a strong interest in music and recording technology.

Future opportunities

There are a multitude of progression routes available after studying BTEC Music Technology including studio engineering, live sound engineering, post production engineer, mastering engineer, broadcast engineer and film location recording. For some degree courses, it may be useful to combine Music Tech with a Physics A Level.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Holy Cross Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 09 October 2015

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