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BTEC Level 3 Music Technology at Ysgol Brynrefail

Course description

What will I learn?

The Edexcel Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Music consists of three core units plus three specialist units for the completed qualification.

The units will cover Recording Techniques, Performance, Songwriting, Arranging Music and Computer Music Systems.

How will I learn?

The course is a partnership between Arfon and Môn secondary schools and Coleg Menai and is the equivalent of one A Level (one year of study will give the opportunity to achieve a level 3 BTEC Certificate which is equivalent to one AS Level). You will spend a full extended afternoon (1.00pm - 5.00pm) at Coleg Menai, Bangor site. You will also need to spend some time studying each week using Coleg Menai’s online resources. Your school will arrange free transport to and from Coleg Menai.

This course is a mix of practical and classroom tasks and you will get a chance to prepare and practise your skills before you are assessed so that you know and understand what you will have to do.

Entry requirements

It is essential that you have the ability to perform using a musical instrument of any kind. It is also very important that you are interested in music technology and show a strong motivation to follow the course on the extended afternoon in Coleg Menai.


There will be no examinations but you will be continuously assessed through assessments and coursework by the tutor and examination board.

Future opportunities

A Distinction* grade in the Edexcel Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma will give you 140 UCAS points.

What happens after this course?

At the end of this course, here are some of the pathways available:-

  • Follow further music technology qualification at level 3 at Coleg Menai, eg Level 3 BTEC Diploma or Extended Diploma.
  • Follow a modern degree course in Music, Music Technology, Sound Engineering or Performance.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ysgol Brynrefail directly.

Last updated date: 09 December 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years