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Music Technology BTEC Certificate-Extended Certificate Level 3 at PETROC

Course description

Mastery of today's complex music technology can plug you in to all kinds of exciting careers in the music industry. This qualification can pump up your opportunities for higher education or employment.

Lessons take place using Logic on Mac computers.

Course content

The two year course consists of one mandatory unit, at least one specialist unit and one optional unit. You'll study Music Production Techniques in depth. The aim of this unit is to develop your understanding of the equipment and techniques used in recording studios to the point where you are ready to produce a complete studio recording. 

You'll study Sequencing Systems and Techniques too, developing your knowledge of music sequencing software and the transferable skills that enable musical ideas to be realised in audio and MIDI environments. With the skills you'll learn, you'll be able to set up, use and discuss sequencing systems and techniques.

Initially, in year one, you will study for the Certificate which is equivalent to one AS Level. The Subsidiary Diploma course is equivalent to one A Level and is completed in the second year of study. You will study this course alongside 3 other A Level subjects, or BTEC equivalents.

There is one mandatory unit with two further optional unit to be achieved. Music Production Techniques is the mandatory unit that is an introduction to the recording studio and professional recording techniques. The recording studio for this course is based at the Sticklepath campus.

Entry requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs at grade C or above, or equivalent, including English Language and Maths. We recommend that this includes GCSE Music.


The course is assessed through coursework, preparation and production, research, written assignments, log keeping, discussion and evaluation. Over one year you will compile a portfolio of coursework. This coursework is all marked by our lecturers and a sample is verified by an Edexcel examiner. This ensures that all marking is fair and matches Edexcel standards. There will be certain key dates (like recording deadlines) by which you have to complete work, but there are no timed written tests. You will study three units each of which will be graded Pass, Merit, or Distinction. These are then condensed down to the grade you will receive at the end of the course. This is equivalent to an AS Level and accepted as such by universities and the trade.

Future opportunities

This Subsidiary Diploma qualification is the equivalent of an A Level in terms of UCAS points. In the past, students have moved on to higher education at the likes of Bath, Salford, TVU, Leeds and Cardiff. You can study a foundation degree here at Petroc, a valuable higher education qualification. Some students have gone straight into the profession and others have started their own businesses.

Further information

Students ask what sort of professions they can go into and some examples include recording studios, radio or television, theatre sound, computer companies, sample or sound effect companies, sound and music for games etc.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 February 2017

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