Music Technology - Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Foundation Diploma at Bishopshalt School
This is an ideal course for a student who is interested in following a career in Music or Music Technology, but for whom A level Music may not appeal. It explores the world of commercial and media music through a variety of practical coursework based tasks.
It is a linear course and is the equivalent to one A level but it is possible to gain credit for an extra half an A level if you complete an optional unit. This will depend on student’s own interests within the field.
Unit - Studio Recording Techniques
Explore the equipment and processes used for multitrack recording in the studio. Produce a multi-track recording of a popular track.
Unit - Mixing and Mastering Techniques
This unit will run alongside the Studio Recording Techniques. You will need to: A - Understand mixing and mastering software techniques; B - Develop a mix down of a multitrack project; C - Carry out the production of a mastered stereo audio file.
Unit - Music and Sound for Media
Understand the use of music and sound in media products today. You will develop sound for use in media products and also develop a piece of music for media products.
Unit - Music Technology in Context
This unit is in two parts. Set by the exam board.
Part A - Research a classic pop/rock album/song in its context.
Part B - Write an article for a fictional magazine about the track – answering the question set by the board.
Unit - Music Technology Enterprise Opportunities (Written content set by the exam board in the second year of study).
Part A – Recourses and costings plan – exploring appropriate equipment, planning, costing and budgeting.
Part B – Business Plan – create a business plan/model to fit the given brief. Use the findings of part A.
Part C – Dragons Den style pitch – a summary of the two previous sections explaining how you would use the funding and the business venture you are planning. Video evidence.
Unit - Remixing and Reworking
In this unit you will: A - Understand a variety of remixing techniques; B - Explore, by developing and reviewing, remixing styles and production techniques; C - Carry out a remix using audio and MIDI sequencing techniques.
Unit - Commercial Music Production
In this unit you will: A - Explore the creation of commercially successful music B - Create a finished commercial music product C - Review the production processes used in the creation of commercially successful music.
GCSE Music would be preferred, but may not be necessary and BTEC Music Level 2 would also be acceptable. A meeting with one of our music staff is required prior to acceptance onto the course.
This course would allow a student the opportunity to go on to study Music/Music Technology or a Creative Media style degree course at university. It would also be ideal for someone who is looking to go straight into the music industry or the media, via an apprenticeship route as by the end of the course you will have a personal portfolio that could be presented to employers.
For further information please see Mrs Magee - Head of Music Technology.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bishopshalt School directly.