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. The course allows you to explore your creativity and will help you develop the essential academic skills needed for higher education or employment.  You will use industry standard recording equipment and applications to create music for various projects. The course has been designed with the help of universities and professionals in order to cover a range of production techniques and academic skills preparing you for higher education or a career in the industry.

Entry Requirements

Students will be expected to have a minimum of two GCSEs at grade 6 and three GCSEs at grade 4 or above 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 covering a range of the following:-

Studio Recording Techniques

Music and Sound for Media - explore music for games, films and apps

DAW Production (Digital Audio Workstation)

Mixing and Mastering Techniques

Commercial Music Production

Live Sound – learn about live sound engineering and technical management

Music Industry and the world of work

Students will use our high-tech industry recording studios and rehearsal rooms.


Students will demonstrate their knowledge, skills and understanding through practical, project-based assessments. Three units in total, two of which are compulsory (50%) and one will be externally assessed (33%).

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:

• Soul band

• Rock band

• Musical theatre productions

• Music technology / creating music

Additional Information

Links with other subjects:

Most subjects combine well with Music Technology but if you are serious about a career in the creative industry, then consider combining Music Tech with the following: Media Studies, Music, Film Studies, Theatre Studies, Performing Arts, IT, English Language, and Business Studies.

Future students would benefit from researching the following in preparation for the course: DAW techniques, Ableton and Protools.



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.

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.