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Note - you only need to make one application for A-levels. You can specify the additional A-Levels you wish to study when you fill out the application form

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Level: 3

Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Years: 2

Interview: N

Course Summary

This course explores the development of a broad range of music technology-based skills. The main focus is music production, underpinned by the associated theoretical knowledge and technical skills alongside professional development in relation to the music industry.

If you do not have GCSE Maths at grade 9-4, you will also develop your skills in maths.  This will support your main programme of study, help your future progression and enhance your life skills.


Entry requirements

You will need four GCSEs at grade 9-4 including English Language. Alternatively, you may have a BTEC Level 2 Diploma at Merit or Distinction level along with GCSE English Language at grade 9-4.

You will also need to provide evidence of some experience in music or music technology, such as work experience, creating your own music or playing an instrument.

Course Content

You will study a range of units and take part in projects that are designed to develop your skills, extend your knowledge and build your profile in different key areas. These will include:

Studio recording – understanding how recording equipment functions and how to effectively utilise technology to produce high quality recordings. You will develop a range of mixing and editing skills through the understanding and application of a range of audio effects and processes.

Creating music – developing composition skills using music software. Effectively using technology in the creation and production of original compositions and sound design for a range of destinations such games and visual media.

Live events – explore how to effectively set up and operate both analog and digital sound reinforcement equipment for a range of live events and performances.

Music Industry – understand how the music industries organisations and systems work, discover music related job roles and career pathways, explore the influence of the law in areas such as copyright and employment, and develop effective business strategies.

Self-promotion and networking – studying the requirements of identifying and reaching out to your target audience, the power of image and branding, and practically transferring this knowledge into the creation of your own effective marketing materials and campaigns for your creative work.

Collaborative music project – planning, organising and creating professional standard music with your recording, programming and production skills. Professionally presenting and promoting these pieces.

You will take part in real-world projects, visit industry settings and be involved in seminars and workshops with industry professionals. Also you will develop a vocabulary of key technical terms, develop practical  problem solving skills and advance your professional communication and interpersonal skills as part of your programme.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is completely through continually assessed coursework using a range of practical activities such as sound recordings, creating music, practical listening and theoretical assignments through music industry based scenarios and research.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will need to provide a pair of headphones and earplugs.

What can I do after this course?

Upon successful completion of this course, you can progress into the music industry or onto further studies in Higher Education. 

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Note - you only need to make one application for A-levels. You can specify the additional A-Levels you wish to study when you fill out the application form

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Ryan Horsnall

Ryan Horsnall

First Response Finance sponsor BA Hons degree in Management and Leadership

Ryan was involved with First Response Finance as part of their work with Derby College's Employer and Skills Academy and applied for an apprenticeship.
The company is sponsoring Ryan to complete a BA Hons degree in Management and Leadership at Nottingham Trent University. He previously studies Maths, Business and Chemistry A levels at the Joseph Wright Centre. 
Ryan said "I have the best of both worlds – working in a paid job and then gaining a degree and it has made my studies so much easier as I can relate the university work to the work environment."
“I am currently working in a sales support role which I love and at the end of my degree I will see where I want my career to take me with the company.I get the opportunity to blend academic learning and work experience where I can convert my learning at University into real business situations.
First Response Finance have been involved in the Employer Skills Academies and has now teamed up with Derby College to launch the First Response Business and Finance Academy - offering students at Derby College the chance to follow in Ryan's footsteps.


At Derby College I was taught a lot of skills such as target setting that has helped me be organised and realistic with work and learning.


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