This is a very practical course that will enable you to develop a range of skills including music production, studio recording and mixing, along with studying the sound and music industry. The teachers draw on their expertise gained from working professionally as both musicians and music producers; providing their students with the very best tuition.
Students studying three A Levels will be expected to have a minimum of two GCSEs at grade 6 and three GCSEs at grade 5/4, including English Language and Mathematics at grade 5/4 or above. Or eight GCSEs at a minimum of grade 5. This course may be taken alongside A Level courses and may be more suited to learners with a strong profile of prior attainment in vocational studies.
The course is designed to create skilled technicians and recording artists. The sessions enable you to independently use our industry standard recording studios and rehearsal rooms to gain experience similar to the professional industry. You will learn how to mix and create your own music as well as essential practical skills which will help you in the creative industry.
Students will demonstrate their knowledge, skills and understanding through practical, project-based assessments, coursework and external examinations.
Enrichment and Work Experience
We have a fantastic enrichment programme you can get involved with in order to have some fun but also develop your skills and compliment your studies.
Enrichment opportunities include:
• The Sixth Form soul band
• Rock band
• Musical theatre productions
• Music technology / creating music
You will also have the opportunity to be sound engineers for the music concerts and external performance.
Future students would benefit from researching the following in preparation for the course: DAW techniques, Ableton and Protools.
Links with other subjects:
Most subjects combine well with Music Technology but if you are serious about a career then consider our Diploma in Music Technology (worth 2 A Levels), or combining the Ext Cert in Music Technology with the following: Media Studies, Music, Film Studies, Theatre Studies, IT, English Language, or Business Studies.
Future Career Opportunities
This course can lead to creative careers within music production, studio recording, live sound engineering, becoming a DJ or TV and film sound and sound designer.
Why study at The Sixth Form Bolton?
You will be taught by professionals who have experience within the recording industry and the world of Music Technology. We have excellent facilities for you to learn and perform in, including state of the art sound and recording studios. Music to us is more than just a subject, it’s our passion! If you share this passion then we invite you to join us and be with like-minded people who are all striving to reach the same goal. We expect our students to be committed to The Sixth Form and our course and we promise to provide you with all the help and support you need to succeed.