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Level: 3

Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Years: 1

24+ Loan Amount: 6671.00****

Interview: Y

Course Summary

The Advanced Level 3 Music Technology Pathway has been specifically designed for students wishing to study a single creative subject plus work experience, tutorial and personal and professional development.

This qualification is designed for learners aged 16 years or over who have already achieved GCSE grade 4 [C] in English Language and want to continue to study music through applied learning to progress to higher education or professional vocational training.

The pathway provides a minimum of 540 GLH and attracts the following UCAS tariff points [dependent on the length of study, qualification components and grades achieved]:

  • One-year full-time - between 24 -84 new UCAS tariff points
  • Two-year full-time - between 48 -168 new UCAS tariff points 

This course aims to provide a broad skills base for progression to the Extended Diploma in Music Technology.  The main focus is music production, underpinned by associated theoretical and technical skills alongside professional development in relation to the music industry.

If you do not have GCSE Maths at grade 4 or above [A*-C], you will continue to study the subject.  This will support your main programme of study, future progression and life skills.

Entry requirements

You will need four GCSEs at grade 4 or above [A*-C] including English Language at grade 4 [C]. Alternatively you may have a BTEC Level 2 Diploma at Merit or Distinction, along with GCSE English Language at grade 4 [C].  You will also need to provide evidence of some experience in music technology.

Importantly a university application will probably require both English Language and Maths GCSE at grade 4/grade C or above.

In addition to these entry requirements, you may be asked to attend a taster activity, where your practical skills and potential will be assessed.

Course Content

Units studied will include:

  • Music Production Techniques
  • The Sound and Music Industry
  • Acoustics for Musicians
  • Audio Engineering Principles
  • Arranging Music
  • Concert Production and Staging
  • Listening Skills for Music Technologists
  • Sequencing Systems and Techniques
  • The Functional Music Keyboard
  • Maths (if necessary)

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is 100% via coursework through practical and theoretical-based assignments.

Learners studying maths will be assessed through a controlled assessment or final exam.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will need to provide a pair of headphones and a USB memory stick.

What can I do after this course?

Upon successful completion of this course, you can progress to the Extended Diploma in Music Technology.


This course is run at the Joseph Wright Centre

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Jacob Holmes

Jacob Holmes

Set to make some noise in the music industry

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.
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