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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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Evie Wisniewska

Evie Wisniewska

Aspirations Pay Off For Travel and Tourism Student

Former Travel and Tourism student Evie Wisniewska was inspired to aim high by her teachers at the Roundhouse Technical and Professional Skills College so much so that she is working at managerial level early in her career.
Evie, a former pupil at Merrill Academy,came to the UK from Poland with her family when she was 12 and the initial language barrier took its toll on her confidence and self belief. She enrolled on the Travel and Tourism study programme at the Roundhouse and was initially unsure if this was something she wanted to do. 
However, her teacher took the time to motivate her to achieve her potential and inspired her to aim for higher education.
Evie also embraced the work experience opportunities organised through her College study programme at Jury’s Inn and Alter Rock climbing centre in Derby which gave her a valuable insight into various aspects of the tourism industry.
She then progressed onto the University of Derby’s Buxton campus and graduated with a BA Hons First Class Honours degree in International Tourism Management before working at Skills Coaches as the Business Development Officer.
Evie is now working as Operations Manager at The Stay Company in the city where she is responsible for the marketing, letting and upkeep of the apart-hotel development of 29 high quality serviced apartments. 
“The work experience I gained at both college and university has greatly prepared me for the world of work and to gain a managerial job with wide responsibilities so early in my career.
“At The Stay Company I am able to use my creative, financial, analytical and customer service skills in this role and my goal is to progress with The Stay Company as it expands across the East Midlands.”

Derby College gave me the self-belief that I could set my sights high in this industry and I am so grateful for the support I had from my teachers.


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