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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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Hannah McDonald

Hannah McDonald

Confidence gained in English lectures helps A level student Hannah secure policing role

Confidence gained in English lectures helps A level student Hannah secure policing role Learning how to share her opinion, build her vocabulary and speak more effectively has given former Derby College A Levels student Hannah McDonald a good grounding for a career with the police.
 
Hannah, who is 18 and from Newton, is soon to become a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) following a rigorous recruitment procedure.
 
She has also secured a place on the Professional Policing BA (Hons) degree course at Nottingham Trent University, deferred until September 2021.
 
In her PCSO role, Hannah will be based in Ripley and Chesterfield, supporting Derbyshire Police by going into schools to talk about issues such as knife crime and road safety. 
 
Hannah, who took law, psychology and combined English Literature and English Language A levels at Joseph Wright Centre, found her English lecturers especially helpful.
 
She said: “I’d thought English was all about reading books but it’s about so much more. It’s about being put under pressure and trusting your opinions enough to share them or put them in an essay, because English is so subjective and there’s never a wrong answer. In our English classes we gave PowerPoint presentations to the class, so we got used to sharing our ideas and opinions.
 
The course also enhanced my communication skills. It enabled me to build up my vocabulary to speak more effectively.”
 
These abilities gave Hannah the confidence to volunteer at a local primary school, helping children with maths and English, on her Wednesday mornings off from College – experience which she is  sure led to her getting her PCSO role.
 
She added: “There aren’t many PCSO places so it’s extremely competitive and it was a tough recruitment process. My English lecturers were incredibly supportive in helping me prepare my application, even though we’ve not been at College for months because of lockdown.
 
Going to JWC has definitely been confidence-building and a good grounding for my police career. My English teachers taught me how to speak up for myself and not be afraid to give my opinion.”

There aren’t many PCSO places so it’s extremely competitive and it was a tough recruitment process. My English lecturers were incredibly supportive in helping me prepare my application, even though we’ve not been at College for months because of lockdown.


“Going to JWC has definitely been confidence-building and a good grounding for my police career. My English teachers taught me how to speak up for myself and not be afraid to give my opinion.

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