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Level: 1

Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This course is an exciting introduction to the world of music. It is an ideal choice for those who are passionate about music but have never had the opportunity to study it formally before. Students will explore the basics of making music and using music technology. They will also explore how the music industry works and the different opportunities within it.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements: you just need a passion for music. It would be an advantage if you can play an instrument (even at a basic level) or if you have experimented with making music on computers, but these skills are not essential.

Course Content

You will explore the different elements that go into making a music event or product a success. You will also develop essential research skills and other vital employability skills. The year will culminate in a performance or showcase (subject to regulations and guidance).

How will I be assessed?

Students will complete coursework or projects to create assessment evidence throughout the year.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

Students will need to provide their own pair of headphones or earphones. 

What can I do after this course?

Further Study

Students who succesfully complete the course can progress to our Level 2 Music qualification or a Level 2 programme in a range of other specialisms.


This course could eventually lead to a range of careers in the music or performing arts industries, such as roles in performance, recording, management or administration.

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This course is run at the Joseph Wright Centre

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Jacob Holmes

Jacob Holmes

Set to make some noise in the music industry

Music Technology learner Jacob Holmes chose his course after meeting Derby College tutors at an information evening. He says they were so passionate and enthusiastic about their subject, he was immediately inspired to enrol.
The decision turned out to be a sound one. He is now preparing for higher education at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, with a view to a career in the live sound and theatre industry. Jacob has also won applause for his exceptional commitment to his studies.
Keen to develop his skills and understanding, he undertook sound and lighting operations at extra-curricular gigs and performances – both in-house and at external venues – and proved to be an essential part of any technical team. His dedication earned him the Media, Music and Performing Arts prize, sponsored by the Derby Telegraph, at our 2014 Peak Awards.

The tutors at Derby College are so helpful. They really care about the learners and their progress, which pushes you to work harder.


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