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Music Level 1 at Northampton College

Course description

This course is designed for students who wish to develop their sound and music skills and techniques.These qualifications are for students who wish to learn the basic skills and knowledge of sound and music technology at level 1, they support progression on to further study or training in the subject, and on to potential future employment in the sector. As a vocational award, the Level 1 qualification provides the opportunity for students to begin developing the relevant skills and knowledge as a platform for further development. These qualifications are also suitable for those who want to develop a personal interest or hobby. The method of learning is a mixture of written work, discussion sessions and practical work. Practical work will be done both individually and in groups.You will receive encouragement and the support you need to progress into further education or the music industry by providing you wih a structured framework to work with. We will give you the skills to enable you to participate and achieve whilst at college and help overcome any social exclusion. We aim to combat any fears of failure by ensuring that all achievment is recognised.Units covered:- Basic equipment connections for music and sound industries- Occupational roles and employment in music and sound industries- Digital sound editing- Music instrument digital interface (MIDI)- Follow safe working practices in music and sound industries- Sound recording skillsStudents must complete 6 of the optional units, a minimum of 25 credits.Functional Skills and Employability units are also included.

Course content

This course is for students who wish to either enter employment in the Sound and Music Industry, or a related area, or progress to a Level 2 qualification in Music Performance or Music technology.It is specifically for students who work best with bite size chunks of learning, allowing them to progress at their own pace.

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at Grade E or above.


All units are continuously assessed throughout the year through a range of assignments. These are assessed internally, here at the college. The assignments will be a mixture of written work, presentations, computer-based composition and live sound engineering scenarios.

Future opportunities

Progression routes include:- Level 2 Diploma- Level 3 90 Credit Diploma- Level 3 Extended Diploma- University- Music industry

Further information

There may be trips/visits planned during the year - ask your interviewer for more details.If you are aged 19 or over at the start of the course you will need to pay an Award Board fee of approximately £95. This fee is payable at enrolment.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 11 October 2016
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