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Music Technology Level 3 at Wiltshire College

Course description

During the course you will also get the opportunity of to take part in production day visits such as to Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds and real-world experience working to client’s brief creating sound designs for apps or soundscapes for film. At Chippenham you will also be part of the NoizNoizNoiz record label team, finding new artists to sign to the label, mixing or mastering tracks or working on the promotional side, learning how to market and promote new release on iTunes.

Other courses at Wiltshire College include Music, Performing Arts, TV and Film and Games Development. As a Music Technology student, you will have the opportunity to work with other student groups in the creation and production of music for their subjects, such as for live performances, media products such as TV, film and video productions and computer games.

Course content

You will learn about a range of musical skills including sound recording, music composition and production, live sound engineering and performance. The course is designed to teach you all elements of the technical side of music using industry standard software and hardware. The recording studio is fitted with a PreSonus 24 channel digital mixing desk and Adam A7 monitors. Here you will become proficient in the use of Logic Studio, Ableton Live, Pro Tools, Final Cut, Soundtrack Pro and VDMX VJ software. Our teaching team consist of audio professionals who also work as freelance producers, mixing engineers and record label managers within the industry.

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs grade A*-C including Maths and English and preferably Science or equivalent (or Merit or Distinction in a related subject at Level 2)
A good reference
A satisfactory interview


Units covered:
• The Sound and Music Industry
• Music Sequencing
• Sound Recording Techniques
• Live Sound Techniques
• Concert Production and Staging
• Listening Skills for Music Technologists
• Audio Engineering
• Music Technology in Performance
• Music and Sounds for Multimedia
• Sound Creation and Manipulation
• Creating and Marketing a Music Product (double unit)
• DJ Performance and Technology
• Music Video Production
Although much of the practical production work will be carried out in college, you will need to supplement this with directed research of the units you are covering.

You will be continually assessed through project work during your course. The course is practical and vocational with many workshops and production assessments. There is also a requirement to produce researched written work and to make presentations.

The final qualification will be a BTEC Level 3 90 Credit/Extended Diploma in Music Technology.

Future opportunities

A Music Technology qualification will provide the opportunity for you to progress to higher education qualifications such as full time or part time HNDs, Foundation Degrees and Honours Degrees in Music Practice, Music Technology, Music Production and Audio Engineering.

There are many potential career opportunities including:
Audio recording and engineering
Live sound systems 
Events management
Music producer
Creating music and soundtracks for films, games, TV advertisements, and other media products (Post-Production)
Music arranging
Studio manager
Sound technician
Web audio producer
Studio designer
Recording artist or studio musician
Music publishing
DJ-ing and remixing

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 24 June 2016

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