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Music Technology BTEC Diploma/Extended Diploma Level 3 at City of Wolverhampton College

Course description

During this course you will study:

  • Music production techniques
  • Sequencing
  • Keyboard skills
  • Sound recording techniques
  • The sound and music industry
  • 24-track analogue/digital mixing
  • Sound design
  • Live sound and concert management and production
  • Signal routing
  • Patchbays
  • Recording studio production
  • Digital sound techniques/sound fx
  • Analogue/digital recording and editing
  • Microphone types and applications
  • Recording bands/musicians
  • Music and Audio theory
  • Production project

Course content

Want to learn cutting edge skills in music technology recording, sequencing and live sound?

Our Level 3 90 Credit / Extended Diploma in Music Technology is taught by highly experienced tutors, who will teach you in industry standard recording studios, computer suites and at the superb Slade Rooms live venue in the city centre.

You will begin your first year of study on the Level 3 90 Credit Diploma and then once successfully completed you will progress to your second year on the Level 3 Extended Diploma, which is equivalent to three A Levels. The course specifically features skills in sequencing using software packages to compose, edit and mix music and soundtracks, the music industry, researching and exploring areas of the industry such as record labels, recording studios, live performances and the jobs associated with these, sound recording and learning how to set up and operate equipment in the college’s newly refurbished professional standard recording studios for the capture and processing of sound. Grading is through regular assessment of coursework and practical work, as well as portfolio building.

You will train in our dedicated recording and music computer suite facilities which include three dedicated recording studios, two performance rooms, a mastering suite and a dedicated computer suite. All tutors are active within the industry and have a wealth of knowledge and experience to call upon enabling you the best opportunity to progress in your chosen career.

Entry requirements

To access this course you are required to have:

  • Four or more GCSEs at Grade C or above including English or maths (specified which for some courses)
  • You will also have an interview


The course is project/assignment based and assessment is continuous throughout the year both in lessons, set work and through observations. Each unit will be assessed and awarded with a final grade of pass, merit or distinction. Some units may be subject to external assessment.

Future opportunities

The skills you will learn from this course will enable you to:

  • Pursue a career in sound engineering, sound recording, events management, marketing and promotion, technician or as a freelancer in the industry
  • Progress on to our Foundation Degree in Creative Music production, HND in Live Sound and Events, a university degree or employment

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact City of Wolverhampton College directly.

Last updated date: 02 October 2015
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    • The Paget Road campus, in Compton to the west of Wolverhampton, provides courses in art and design, business and management, computing and IT, education and teaching, engineering, English, health and social care, journalism, maths, media, motor vehicle, music technology, performing arts, photography and science.

      Also on offer at the site are Pathways programmes for people without any formal qualifications, ESOL courses for speakers of other languages, and short courses for job seekers.

      The campus is also home to CitySixth – the college's dedicated sixth form centre offering A Levels in a range of subjects - and a Higher Education Centre which offers HNCs, HNDs and Foundation Degrees, and also boasts an Engineering Learning Zone also equipped with industry-standard equipment, modern motor vehicle workshops, new performing and recording studios, and well equipped science labs.

      The site has a Student Hub, Study Hub, cafeteria and large free student car park and is on major bus routes.