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Music Technology - Extended Certificate or ExtendedDiploma at Lordswood Sixth Form Centre

Course description

BTEC National Extended Certificate or Extended Diploma in Music Technology

Course content

The Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music Technology is the equivalent of three A Level subject, the 14 units being spread out over the course of the two years in the sixth form.

The following units are studied:

Seven Mandatory Units:

• Live Sound

• Studio Recording Techniques

• Music and Sound for Media

• Music Technology Project

• Music Technology in Context

• DAW Production

• Music Technology Enterprise Opportunities

Seven Specialist Units:

• Composing Music

• DJ Performance Techniques

• Mixing and Mastering Techniques .

• Studio Design and Acoustics

• Remixing and Reworking

• Music Technology in Performance

• Commercial Music Production


The Extended Certificate is the equivalent of one A level and therefore, fewer units are taken.

Entry requirements

If considering this course, it is preferable if students have continued with their musical studies at GCSE level or a vocational level 2 qualification (either in music or music technology) or as an outside activity for the two years.

It is preferable that students:

• Have some understanding of the sound recording process

• Have some knowledge or experience of music software

Playing an instrument or singing helps general musical awareness but it is not essential for this course.


Coursework based - three units externally assessed and 11 units internally assessed.

Future opportunities

Studying music technology gives students the power to understand the science behind music. There are many courses available at university, conservatoires and through apprenticeships, from which music technologists enter a diverse range of professions. Two of the most obvious progression routes through university are either a Higher National Diploma in music production or a Foundation Degree in audio engineering. Apprenticeships are offered in a range of professions such as audio media technical support, music roadie, recording studio technician. 

Further information

What skills do I need to develop to be successful on this course?

Over the course of their studies students will gain experience of a wide range of music technology skills and understanding of the science behind music. The course is best suited to students who are interested in all aspects of popular music.

They will develop their:

• Music production skills.

• Music engineering skills.

• Sound engineering skills.

• Understanding of music business.

What other subjects compliment Music Technology?

Music students often study other subjects which enhance their understanding of the science behind sound such as physics and mathematics. Other subjects such as media, performing arts, and drama also complement music technology.

How will I be taught?

Students are taught in a department of committed staff who have many years experience in leading students to A level success in music. In 2015, 100% of our students achieved Distinction - Merit. Students will study a series of modules which require them to undertake practical projects in different areas of music technology. The emphasis of the course will be on their ability to apply the theory and techniques of music technology to their own project work. Students will study both independently, and in small groups fulfilling different industry roles.

What extra-curricular opportunities are there?

Students will attend practical recording sessions weekly at a professional recording studio at Blue Whale Studio where they will be taught by music industry experts.

Student Testimonial, why study Music Technology?

I would recommend music technology in sixth form because you get to experience working in a musical environment. You spend time in the recording studio where we take part in practical activities such as DJing, working with artists in a recording session and producing your own music. Arron Bains

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 23 November 2015
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