Music & Music Technology


Music Technology is the application of technology to the musical arts. It involves the use of sequencers and editing software, recording equipment and electronic musical devices. Musical technology is constantly evolving which makes it an interesting and exciting field of study. The course encompasses the composition, recording, and playback of music, touching on the management of live performance and the production of various sounds. In the second year of study students are given an opportunity to choose an area of study to carry out an extended piece of research and are given a thorough understanding of the music industry, contracts and business plans.

BTEC Level 3 Music can lead to specific careers in broadcasting, sound engineering, composing, production and arts administration. It also develops communication skills, problem solving ability and creativity which are necessary in many careers. There is also the opportunity for work experience with a professional orchestra, professional musicans,
recording and producing of tracks for albums and website use.

Course Outline

The Certificate is a one year course which comprises of three units of work:
Unit 1 - Acoustics for Musicians
Unit 25 - Music Production Techniques
Unit 32 - Sequencing Systems and techniques

The Subsidiary Diploma extends the Certificate withthe completion of three further units of study:
Unit 39 – The Sound and Music Industry
Unit 37 – The Functional Music Keyboard
Unit 43 – Special Subject Investigation


Assessment is all coursework based and is based on the completion of a portfolio of evidence about tasks and assignments set in class.


BTEC Level 2 in Music/Performing Arts/Creative media: preferably a merit or distinction or GCSE music.

5 GCSEs A*-C including 5’s in English and Maths. Where students do not have these qualifications they will need to undertake an interview.