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Music Technology Diploma level 3 at Leicester College

Course description

Taught over two separate years, this level 3 course offers a broad overview of the many skills which are need to become a modern music producer. It is equivalent to three A levels (or one and a half if you leave after year one). Successful completion of the course means you will be eligible to study for a degree in a related field. If you are aged 16-18, you will be enrolled on a study programme, which will include retaking GCSEs or undertaking Functional Skills in English and maths if you haven't already achieved a grade 4 or above. You will also be required to complete a work experience placement and an employability programme. Please note: the course is free for 16-18 year olds, but there may be a fee for students who are 19 or over.

Course content

In year one, you will study units on programming (covering Digital Audio Workstation use with synthesis, sampling and audio sequencing on Ableton and Logic Pro); music business (careers and the flow of money around the industry); composition (genre specific and to brief); recording (microphone techniques, use of hardware and software, mixing and mastering) and audio principles (acoustics and studio equipment). This year follows naturally on from the first year with more of an emphasis on independent study and in-depth study. You will explore live performance using technology, running a record label, running your own recording projects, composing for media and dissertation writing.

Entry requirements

Standard entry to this course requires one reference. It is desirable that you can demonstrate 90% attendance. A GCSE in both English and maths at grade 4 (C) or above is required. You will be invited to attend a welcome event where you will participate in an audition, this is to support your careers choice and ensure that we place you on the right programme for you. In addition, you will need to show you have a suitable level of experience in either recording, live sound or using computers to make music. Consideration will be given to all applicants over the age of 19 who do not hold formal English and maths qualifications.


Assessment is via coursework completed over the year. Examples of assessment include reports, recordings, compositions and presentations.You will need to evidence in your work that your skills and understanding are sufficient to pass each unit.

Financial information

Material fee £20.00. There is a materials fee of £20.

Future opportunities

As the two years are equivalent to three A levels, once you have successfully completed the course you will be eligible to study for a related degree (including our own foundation degree). Alternatively, you may progress into related industry in roles such as remixer, producer, recording engineer, live engineer or record label work.

Further information

Apply online via the College website or UCAS Progress (if your school is subscribed). You will need details of your qualifications and employment history, a reference, and a personal statement to complete your application. Once your application has been successfully processed, you will be sent a conditional offer and be invited to a Welcome Event at the college for a tour and suitability audition. You will then need to confirm your acceptance of the course offered to you. For more information contact our Customer Service Centre on 0116 2242240 or visit

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 28 September 2018
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