Level 3 BTEC certificate/subsidiary diploma in music technology production


One-year BTEC certificate/two-year subsidiary diploma

You will develop your creative skills in both studio production and performance through a variety of industry standard programmes and DJ software. Through exciting projects you will learn about events management, staging, marketing and performance. You will have a portfolio of skills from theoretical to practical, as required by professionals working in the music industry. Our music facilities, including a suite of Apple Mac computers with professional standard software, digital recording studios and a wide range of instruments.

Required qualifications

Five or more A*-C grades at GCSE, including English language. These should also include music or you will need to show evidence of your relevant music technology, instrumental or vocal experience through a CD or DVD.

What will I study?

The course will focus on:

  • the creative application of technology in music
  • developing music listening skills
  • regular performances each term in different venues
  • producing high standard live and studio recordings
  • the historical developments of music technology
  • producing creative music involving hardware and software

On the course you will:

  • develop your portfolio of skills as a musician
  • be creative with different music production techniques: exploring sound creation and manipulation
  • earn sequencing systems and sound recording techniques
  • explore laptop technology in live performance
  • specialise in an area of music technology
  • work on collaborative projects with other departments
  • interact with music industry professionals and learn web-based marketing and promotion

Method of assessment

You will be assessed through practical coursework and a collection of evidence from your portfolio of technology and music industry experiences, including a final major project in the second year.

What will I be able to progress to?

This subject works well in combination with media and design- based subjects, as well as providing creative enhancement to traditional academic A-level subjects. This qualification will give you the skills and experience necessary for university music courses or employment.