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Music Production BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate at Richard Huish College

Course description

Are you are a musician that loves performing both in bands and as a soloist? Do you want to develop your skills and grow as a performer? Then this is the perfect course for you.

From Rock to Pop, Folk to Fusion, this course is well suited for all types of musicians from drummers to singers, guitarists to keyboard players, in fact anyone interested in gaining the essential skills and knowledge needed for future study, or a career in Music.

The Music Production course is a vibrant and creative course looking at every aspect of the use of technology to create, manipulate and capture music. Practical work includes writing, recording and producing music, sampling, sequencing, and live sound. There is a dedicated suite of Apple Macs running Logic Studio and Pro Tools software and a purpose built state of the art recording studio to help you achieve the highest possible standards in your work.

Course content

In the first year you will focus on developing your own music technique and working as a band. There will be group and solo performances to do, both in classroom workshops and in more formal and public situations. Throughout the year you will keep a blog that documents and reflects on your progress.

The second year takes a closer look at pop music styles from 1950 to the present day. These will be styles you might not naturally choose to perform in, but nevertheless broaden your stylistic vocabulary and make you a better and more employable musician.You will also work as part of a production team to stage a major music event in the year, choosing repertoire, perhaps writing your own songs, designing promotion material and working within a budget.

Some of the activities you will do include:

  • Prepare and perform solo pieces
  • Working and developing as a band
  • Deliver a large-scale music project such as planning and preparing for a gig or record an EP
  • Research and perform different music styles from the 50s to the present day
  • Produce marketing materials to promote a band
  • Interviews with business professionals

Rehearsals and gigs are central to this course and you will have the opportunity to record and produce an EP of your music.

Entry requirements

Standard college entry requirements: 5 GCSEs at Grade C or above including Maths and English Language

You do not need to have studied Music at GCSE or Music Theory, but, you will need to play an instrument and have some performance experience and plenty of enthusiasm.


There are no written exams. Instead, there are regular formal assessments of performances, presentations and creative written work.

Future opportunities

There is a record of excellent progression into higher
education with the majority of students going on to

  • At Music College
  • ACM and Tech schools
  • Music Performance degrees
  • Music Industry Management
  • Commercial Music

Further information

If you think this course might be for you but you have any questions, contact the course manager Andy Wild

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 November 2016
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    • Huish is situated on the edge of parkland overlooking fields and hills, about ten minutes walk from the town centre.

      Huish is committed to encouraging you to travel to college by cycle, public transport or car sharing where possible. There is a cycle path to the College taking you to Vivary Park so that you don’t have to walk or cycle with the traffic along South Road. It takes about 15 minutes to walk to college from the bus station but many of the buses students use come directly to the campus.