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You need English and maths skills to get on in life. They will support your studies at the College, help with everyday tasks and pave the way to future career success.
If you don’t already have a grade 4 or above in GCSE English and Maths – or equivalent qualifications – you will continue studying these subjects as part of your course at Derby College.
We’ll support you all the way: working with you on the right programme of development throughout your time with us.
When you’ve completed your course, why not broaden your horizons further still at Derby College? Additional qualifications in subjects such as Art and Design, Performing Arts and Media are exciting choices. Or check out our courses in Business, Enterprise and Management if you would like to set up a venture of your own.
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.
Member of a band, orchestra or solo artist
Assistant music promotions
£25,000 per year.
Publicising recording artists or live music events
Studio sound engineer
£15,000 per year starting salary.
Making quality recordings of music, speech and sound effects
Experienced live sound
£25,000 – £30,000 per year.
Controlling the sound at concerts and plays
Courses in this area are run at our Joseph Wright City Centre campus. About Joseph Wright Centre »
Information from the sector skills council about the creative media industries
Information from the sector skills council about the creative and cultural sector
Information about arts groups and events in Derbyshire
Information about rates of pay and other key facts from the Incorporated Society of Musicians
Information about music careers and case studies
Information about qualifications in music