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Music BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3 at New College Nottingham

Course description

If you love music, are interested in a music career and want to develop your technical skills in music production, this is the course for you.

You’ll get plenty of time in the studio, lots of time mixing, editing and making music and you’ll have the chance to work in real venues to support professional sound engineers, including the Capital FM Arena, one of our key industry partners. You'll also have the opportunity to be involved in various gigs abroad. 

This two-year programme will prepare you well for a career as a music performer, composer or recording and live sound engineer. Our Music Academy is sponsored by Roland, giving students access to £40,000 worth of the music industry's leading products.

ncn Clarendon boasts state-of-the-art facilities including live performance spaces, rehearsal rooms, studios and edit suites. In 2013, ncn’s Academy of Music and Performance became one of the top five in the UK for its student success rates. Putting it simply, if you want to study music and performance, there’s no better place in Nottingham – that’s a fact!

Course content

During the course you will learn about music performance, music theory, and the music business. You'll also learn how to compose and record your own music productions and advance your skills as a performer.

Specific units include:

Keyboard skills
Music technology
Sound recording
Music production
Performing live with music technology
Lectures & practical work in a professional studio and the music technology suite.

Entry requirements

Students must have ONE of the following: 

• 4 GCSEs at grade A*-C, including English or maths
• Level 2 BTEC Diploma in Music at merit, plus GCSE English or maths at grade A*-C
• Equivalent qualifications - Functional Skills may be accepted in place of GCSE maths and/or English

You will also need to be at Grade 5 standard on your instrument/vocals and have knowledge of Grade 3 music theory and take part in an audition.


You will be assessed on practical tasks, projects and productions, supported by a record of written evidence.

Future opportunities

Foundation Degree in Music & Creative Music Technology or Music or Sonic Arts
Foundation Degree in Popular Music 
BA (Hons) Music & Creative Music Technology or Sonic Arts
A career in music performance and related areas

If you would like to find out more about how this could unfold for you, our advisors are on hand to help – just click the Contact an Advisor option to the right.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 25 April 2016

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