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Sound Engineering at Outwood Grange Academy

Course description

Sound Engineering is a key part of the music industry, but instead of performance composition and music theory, it focuses on music production and using microphones and MIDI to record, edit and mix sound for a range of different medias. There is no assessment for performance, although there will be the opportunity to record your own performances if you wish to.

The UK music industry helps drive economic growth by creating jobs and opportunities for young people. The 2017 UK music survey ‘Measuring Music’ identified that the music industry supported more than 142,208 full-time jobs in the UK, of which 48,938 work in the music technology sector, including sound engineering. The music industry contributed £4.4 billion to the UK economy, which is an increase from the previous year of 6 per cent.

Course content

What will I learn at BTEC Level 3?

The course is covered over 5 Units, one of which is externally assessed. The course gives students the skills necessary to record, edit, mix and master music from a range of genres. Students will learn about the acoustics of sound and the frequency responses of microphones, they will develop the skills to operate the recording studio and manage live sound for musical events.

  • Unit 1 – Live Sound
  • Unit 2 – Recording Studio Techniques
  • Unit 6 – Digital Audio Workstation Production
  • Unit 13 – Mixing and Mastering Techniques
  • Unit 18 – Working and Developing as a Production Team

Entry requirements

You should have studied GCSE Music and achieved a Level 5 or above. Having some knowledge of music theory would be extremely helpful, although this is not essential. There is no expectation or assessment for performance so instrumental ability is not a factor, however a basic understanding of keyboards will be developed over the course.

As this course is computer based, Computing, ICT or experience using Apple Macs would also be an advantage.


How will I be assessed at BTEC Level 3?

Students will work in groups and individually to create a portfolio or recordings and evidence their contribution towards live and recorded musical projects. Assessments will comprise of short tasks and research projects, as well as large scale productions.

There is no written exam. The externally assessed unit is completed over a 15-hour period and the exam board sets one production task which is completed under controlled exam conditions on the computer.

The requirements of the qualification will mean that students develop the transferable and higher-order skills that are highly regarded by higher education and employers.

This is a 2-year course. You will not gain any qualification if you leave this course after one year.

Future opportunities

Of the 48,938 jobs in the music technology sector, there are a wide range of different roles that you can undertake. In addition to the recorded and live music opportunities, all forms of media for TV, Film and even the internet require sound recording and production skills. Example careers include:

  • Record Producer
  • Recording Engineer
  • Mastering and Mix Engineer
  • Production Music Writer
  • TV Music Director
  • Foley Artist for Film
  • Sound Recordist for TV and Film
  • Stage Manager
  • Live Sound Technician
  • Production Manager
  • Teacher

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: 25 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years