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Music Technology BTEC Level 3 Diploma at Carlisle College

Course description

This course will prepare students for employment and progression to higher education and is equivalent to 3 AS levels. It is also a requirement for entry onto the Extended Diploma in Music Technology course. The course is predominately project led and has collaborative projects with Music, Media and Performing Arts courses providing students with exciting hands on vocational learning experiences. You will take part in both academic and practical studies alongside other like-minded and creative students who all share a keen interest in the music and sound industries.  On this course you will be working with other students in a supervised, structured and well-resourced environment.  These resources include a professional recording studio, post-production suite, music lab and music practice rooms, all equipped with industry standard hardware and software.

Course content

You will study nine units throughout the academic year, which will include:

  • Music Production Techniques
  • The Sound and Music Industry
  • Music Technology in Performance
  • Listening Skills for Music Technologists
  • Live Sound Techniques
  • Backline Technical Management
  • Sequencing Systems and Techniques
  • Sound Creation and Manipulation
  • The Functional Music Keyboard

(Units may vary each year)

Most units are delivered and assessed through industry related projects that put students into real industry situations including:

  • Live Sound Music Road Show
  • Music Record Production
  • Music Technology Performance

Students on this course are involved in running the sound for most of the years gigs for Music and Music Technology and have opportunities to be involved in technical aspects of Performing Arts shows and productions.

Entry requirements

  • 5 GCSEs at grades A* - C to include English & Maths
  • GCSE Music desirable but not essential
  • BTEC Level 2 First Diploma in Music at Merit
  • GCSE English and Maths at grades A* - C

Applicants should have good instrumental skills, vocal skills or demonstrable production skills; however, we do not require you to have an official music qualification. A basic understanding of music theory and or composition is also beneficial.

Audition and Interview:
Perform one piece of music on your specialist instrument;  or present a portfolio of work and a piece of music programming/sequencing production work


You will be assessed in a mixture of different ways such as:

  • Technical Live Shows
  • Digital Productions and Portfolios
  • Demonstrations
  • Presentations
  • Reports
  • Essays
  • Formal Tests
  • Observed Workshops

Future opportunities

You can progress onto the Extended Diploma in Music Technology, which will require you to have gained a merit level at the 90-Credit Diploma. It is possible for students to progress onto University if they have studied AS levels in the past and have enough UCAS points, however most students will need to progress onto the Extended Diploma in Music Technology to have sufficient UCAS points for University entrance.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 14 September 2016
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