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Music Technology and DJ Production Level 2 Diploma (Full-Time) at Newcastle College

Course description

This exciting course is aimed at students who want to learn to use technology to create and record music. 

You will have the opportunity to work together with music perfomance students to record and produce music both in the studio and as part of a live set up in our music venue and radio studio.  Part of this course is to also complete projects in the use of DJ technology and radio production.

Course content

The course is based around creating and recording music as well as learning about the music industry.

You will be graded on areas such as your performance, promotion, recording and programming your original tracks. There are academic elements to the course for example researching and writing about record labels and the music industry. 

You will study units from the following list :

  • Exploring the Music Profession - information about the music business including record labels.
  • Exploring Musical Composition - producing original music through sequencing
  • Producing a Musical Recording - learning how to record original tracks in a studio
  • DJ Skills - improving your ability on the decks including 1210s, Traktor Scratch Pro, CDJs and other cutting edge DJ technology.
  • Planning and Creating a Music Product - planning and recording a single for release on the Internet.

Your course also includes functional skills. Functional skills are practical skills in English, information and communication technology (ICT) and mathematics that allow you to work confidently, effectively and independently in life, your community and work.

Possessing these skills will help you to progress in education, training and employment and make a positive contribution in the community in which you live and work.

As well as functional skills being embedded into all aspects of your course you will receive a dedicated functional skills lesson to enable you to develop your skills in one or two of the three functional skills.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements are minimum of two D grades at GCSE and an interview. Your interview needs to include evidence of your music for example Youtube clips, music production examples, video, CD or SoundCloud etc.


You will be assessed using a variety of assessment methods, including practical work i.e. programming of music tracks, your music productions, DJing, radio shows, and written work.

We also use video to capture this evidence and online evidence such as SoundCloud, YouTube and Facebook etc.

Future opportunities

On successful completion of this course you can progress to either of our Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma courses in Music Technology & Production or DJ & Electronic Music.

Both of these are full time two year courses equivalent to three full A Levels.


Career opportunities can include many roles in the music industry and wider entertainment industries such as radio, television, advertising, film & computer games.

  • Sound Enginner
  • DJ
  • Producer 
  • Composer

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 April 2016
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