Music Production

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Qualification type: Foundation Diploma and Extended Diploma
Level: Level 3
Awarding body BTEC
Academic year: 2018/2019
Start date September 2018
Duration 1 or 2 years (discussed at interview)
Location: Darlington College
Attendance: Full time

Course overview

This study programme will allow you to gain a qualification in BTEC Level 3 Music.

Develop a wide range of skills to work in the industry, including music production techniques and engineering principles.  Learn the skills to work in a professional recording studio environment.  Work with industry standard recording and sequencing software.  All located at The Forum Music Centre commercial working music venue and recording studio.

The Level 3 study programme will consist of 5 key elements which you will need to complete:

  • Main qualification
  • Individual and group tutorial sessions
  • Industry related work placement
  • Development of English and mathematics
  • Development of enterprise and employability skills
Entry requirements

4 GCSE’s grade A* – C. This includes English or maths at grade C, or a Level 2 qualification.

A hard working ethos and an enquiring mind are useful qualities to have along with good research skills, a sense of humour and team working skills. An eye for detail and the ability to make quick decisions will also help.

In order to apply for the Extended Diploma you must have achieved the Foundation Diploma first.

How to enquire/apply

To apply for this course please click the apply button and complete the online application form. If you have any queries with regards to your application or would like further information and support please contact us on 01325 503030.

Studying and learning

Learning will take place in our newly equipped technical workshops where a varied and challenging environment will be offered. Both theory and practical learning will take place.

Units of study will include:

  • Live Sound
  • Studio Recording Techniques
  • Music and Sound for Media
  • Music Tech Project.

Additional units may include:

  • Remixing and Reworking
  • Working and Developing as a Production Team,
  • Music Tech in Performance
  • Studio Design and Acoustics.
How will I be assessed

Teaching and learning is achieved by using a range of methods including formal classes, set tutorial periods and projects to support many of the formal unit assessments. These assessments make up 41% of the Foundation Diploma and 42% of the Extended Diploma.

Assessment will be by portfolio and observation.

What next

This course provides opportunities for employment in the music or entertainment industry. Examples of job roles include; event staff, performer, production staff and technical staff. After a period of working and gaining experience within the sector, more senior positions may become available.

Opportunities for progression on to higher education courses could include a degree in Music Production or Music Technology upon completion of this course.

What if I need support?

Here at the college we have outstanding support. Our support staff are dedicated to providing you with all the help and guidance you may need throughout your college journey.

You might need help and advice on a wide range of issues such as childcare, counselling and additional learning support. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Course and Information Team, who will direct your call to the appropriate member of the college support team, call: 01325 503030.

Enquiry Form

If you have any questions about this course, send us a message using the form below.

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