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Courses

Music Technology Single Vocational A Level (BTEC Extended Certificate)

Course Description

This course is specifically designed for students who enjoy music and learning about music production and technology. This course provides students with the opportunity to be creative with music production and explore how to use industry equipment and programmes to create music for various projects. You will work with professionals in our industry standard recording studios and rehearsal rooms. Want to be a DJ or make your own music? This course caters for many career paths as you will cover a range of units catered for your needs to succeed in the world of Music Technology.

Entry Requirements

Students will be expected to have a minimum of two GCSEs at grade 6 and three GCSEs at grade 4 including English Language and Mathematics at grade 4. 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. GCSE Music or BTEC Level 2 Music Technology, a proficiency (Grade 3 level or equivalent) on a musical instrument and the ability to read music will be an advantage.

Course Content

You will be taught by industry professionals and have the opportunity to visit music concerts and expos.  Students will use our high tech industry recording studios and rehearsal rooms.

The units you will study include:

Music Production Techniques - recording, sound mixing and audio processing; Sound Creation and Manipulation – synthesisers, sound design and sampling; Music Technology in Performance; Live Sound – learn about live sound engineering and technical management; Music and Sound for Media – explore music for games, films and apps; The sound and music industry – how the record industry works; Music composition.

Students choose seven optional units designed to support progression to relevant occupational areas, and to a range of sector-related courses in higher education. They cover content areas such as: creative synthesis and sampling; DJ performance techniques; mixing and mastering techniques; studio design and acoustics; commercial music production; designing a music technology product and working and developing as a production team.

Assessment

Students will demonstrate their knowledge, skills and understanding through practical, project-based assessments.

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:
• College soul band
• Rock Bands
• Musical Theatre Productions
• Music Technology / creating music

Additional Information

Students will need to bring their instruments into college on certain occasions during the course as some of the units require live performance.

Future Career Opportunities

Studying Music Technology can lead to careers within music production, studio recording, professional DJ work, live sound engineering, TV and film sound and sound design. You can also progress onto University. Students will study some of the following topics- studio recording techniques • digital Audio Workstation (DAW) production • live sound • music technology project, which will enable learners to produce work that could be used to support future job applications and interviews e.g. a show reel • music technology enterprise opportunities. Students choose seven optional units, designed to support progression to relevant occupational areas, and to a range of sector-related courses in higher education. They cover content areas such as: • creative synthesis and sampling • DJ performance techniques • mixing and mastering techniques • studio design and acoustics • commercial music production • designing a music technology product • working and developing as a production team.

Why Study at BSFC?

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 College and our course and we promise to provide you with all the help and support you need to succeed.