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Music Technology - Advanced Audio Engineering at Runshaw College

Course description

Why should I come to Runshaw to study Music Technology Advanced Audio Engineering?

This is a vocational course designed for competent creative musicians with interests in creating high quality audio recordings.

We have a range of industry standard facilities including a Mac Suite with the most recent Pro Tools software and a recording studio with 2 live rooms and a large control room and a Pro Tools HD system.

The Music department facilities include a suite of six practice rooms containing electric and acoustic pianos. All students get unlimited access to the facilities outside of lesson times.

We also organise a range of extra-curricular music activities including instrumental bands and ensembles, Jazz and Popular Music workshops, concerts and concert tours (both local and international).

In 2018, 80% of students achieved A*-A grades.

What will I study?

You will study:

  • Multi track recording in the studio
  • Music production using a Digital Audio Workstation
  • Creating a finished audio product (Mastering)
  • Sound design
  • Music technology in performance
  • The music producer - listening skills

Entry requirements

For access to our A Level Programme, our entry requirements are 5 x Grade 5 equivalent (5 x Grade 5 or B) in a range of separate subjects.

For Music Technology specifically, this should include:

  • A Grade 5 Practical in an instrument; AND
  • A Grade 3 in Music Theory
  • OR students will need to pass an audition - this will need to be discussed with the Head of School.


How is the course assessed?

As the course is a single Vocational option within the A Level Programme and is equivalent in point score, on completion of Year 2, to a complete A Level, you will work towards:

  • Year 1: Edexcel Certificate in Music Technology (Production)
  • Year 2: Edexcel Subsidiary Diploma in Music Technology (Production) examination

Financial information

No course fees are applicable for 16-18 year old learners who meet funding regulations.

Future opportunities

What will this course prepare me for?

This course gives you an in-depth knowledge of sound engineering, sound recording, music-production and applies these skills to a range of contemporary scenarios.

This qualification is well respected in the industry and is highly valued for entrance to undergraduate study.

Where are you going?

  • Audio Engineer
  • Musician
  • Producer
  • Software Developer
  • Studio Manager

Further information

Which subjects complement this A Level?

Music Technology is considered to be a rigorous and academic course and therefore it fits in well with any combination of A Levels.

For anyone considering a career in music, sound engineering or music production, the following A Levels will be useful:

  • Mathematics
  • Media Studies
  • Music
  • Performing Arts
  • Physics

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 21 September 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Course code: LAMUTEC

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