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Music Technology (Production) BTEC Level 3 Diploma / Subsidiary Diploma at Lowestoft Sixth Form College

Course description

You love music. It’s the soundtrack to your life. You know everything about your favourite artists and always have their latest tracks on your iPod. Live shows are  incredible and if you could, you’d be at the front of every gig. If you don’t make the gig, then at least you always know when the next one is. Is this you? Then apart from this, you will have questions: ‘How is music recorded?’, ‘What is that effect on the guitar called?’, ‘What does a sound engineer do?’ and ‘How do record deals work?’

If it’s answers to these questions you seek, then this is the course for you. As well as having all your questions answered, you will have the opportunity to learn and practice all aspects of music production, including sequencing music on Apple iMacs, recording in our studio as well as planning and managing your very own live events.

Course content

We Offer Two Different Pathways:

  • Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (equivalent to one A Level)
  • Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Diploma (equivalent to two A Levels).

During this widely practical course, you will develop the necessary skills to create musical products for various occasions. This may include studio recordings, music for film and television and organising music for live events. You will become confident with using music production software like Logic 9 Pro, using it to record and edit musical ideas. Recording and production skills will be taught in our studio using state of the art digital technology. You will learn about microphones, mixing and develop essential listening skills. In your second year, you will have the opportunity to plan and manage your very own music event, taking on a specific role within a production team and seeing it through from start to finish. You will learn all the considerations necessary to make a successful event. During the major music product unit, you will learn about the different roles within the record industry, assuming one as you deliver a music product to professional standards. This may comprise of an EP/demo of contemporary music, a portfolio of soundtracks for movies or video games.

Entry requirements

4 A*- Cs at GCSE or a Merit in a full Level 2 BTEC Diploma or equivalent vocational qualification. If you want to add an A Level to your BTEC, you will need to meet the entry criteria for 4 A Levels. You will need to be able to play a musical instrument, be a singer or a DJ. A knowledge of music theory is an advantage, but not essential.

Future opportunities

This BTEC course will give you the skillset needed to start your career in the highly competitive, yet fascinating world of music. The course is recognised by universities and will act as a fantastic foundation from which to continue your studies in music production at degree level.

Further information

You will be taught by experienced, enthusiastic experts with industry experience and study within state of the art facilities. You will have opportunities to visit local music businesses and talk to professionals within the industry.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 September 2016
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