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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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Abbey Sisson

Abbey Sisson

“Amazing” diploma offered more than sixth form for audiologist Abbey

As a teenager Royal Derby Hospital audiologist Abbey Sisson wanted to find “something different” after her GCSEs.
She had achieved As to Cs but was unsure about taking A levels because she wasn’t a natural at exams. She wanted to find a different direction and, on a whim, popped into an open day at Broomfield Hall.  
Abbey liked what she found – she made friends immediately – and was impressed by the Level 3 Public Services Uniformed Extended Diploma. It offered coursework modules, the equivalent of three A levels and “loads of opportunities” which helped her CV for job applications.
Abbey passed with a distinction and almost immediately after College landed a job as an emergency department assistant at the Royal Derby Hospital. Finding no clear career path there, she applied internally and went on to work in audiology as an assistant.
While there, she devoted her spare time, doing work placement on her days off, to achieve a foundation degree and a first-class BSc Healthcare Science Audiology degree at Aston University. Now a qualified audiologist at the Royal Derby, Abbey said her time at College helped her into the workplace.    

I was keen to do something different, and it really was different – it was amazing. I don’t think I would ever have had so many opportunities if I’d gone into the sixth form.  We volunteered in schools, doing sports leadership, as well as stewarding for events too. We had loads of opportunities. Because of the course, when I came to apply for jobs, I had a lot to say.


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