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Digital Music Production (Level 2) Rockschool at New College Swindon

Course description

This one-year course is a great introduction to Music Technology.  Through the three main topics you will learn:

  • to use music sequencing and production software and hardware in a range of musical styles
  • how to compose and arrange music
  • to produce high-quality recordings and understand sound and mixing techniques
  • how popular music and jazz have developed

This course is suitable for anyone who has a keen interest in Music Technology, who enjoys creating and listening to different styles of music, and who wishes to extend their practical experience in preparation for study at a higher level.

Course content

You will aim to complete three main topics in one year:



You will learn how to produce accomplished musical performances in a range of musical styles, using sequencing software.



You will learn how to produce high-quality recordings of musical performances.


Music Style Development:

You will learn and understand the key developments in the history of popular music.


In your written and practical work you will:


  • listen to and analyse unfamiliar musical styles, and use these skills in your own work
  • produce studio recordings to a professional standard
  • produce and perform presentations, and write investigations on key areas of study

Entry requirements

You will need at least four GCSEs at grade D to start this course, although individual cases will be considered.


All work is coursework-based and there are no written exams.

You will be expected to keep careful written and photographic /image-based records of your work, which is assessed and marked by your tutors.

Completion of ALL units and assessment criteria is essential to gain the full qualification.

Future opportunities

On completion of year 1 students will receive a Music Practitioners Certificate in Technology worth 20 credits at level 2 on the Qualifications and Credit Framework ( QCF).

It can also help you on your way in a career in the music industry, or to a technology/computer-orientated career.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 28 April 2016

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