The Level 2 Intermediate Music Production: Digital Pathway has been specifically designed for students aged 16 years or over wishing to study a creative subject combined with IT, plus GCSE English and Maths [if required], work experience, tutorial and personal and professional development.
If you don’t already have a grade C  or above at GCSE in English and Maths, you’ll continue to study these elements which will form a significant part of your study programme.
The Intermediate Music Production pathway is an ideal foundation, providing you with an understanding of music technology through engagement with techniques, the work of practitioners, industry conventions and community projects. This leads to the application of practical and creative skills that transfer easily into the workplace.
The world of music production is increasingly linked to innovations within technology. To be successful within this field of work, you need to understand the technology and tools that are available to music makers. On the Intermediate Music Production pathway you will gain an insight into the IT sector as you investigate the pace of technological change, IT infrastructure on a global scale, and the importance of legal and security considerations.
This qualification is suitable for students who:
You will also have the opportunity to acquire the essential knowledge and tools for the world of work by developing transferable skills such as planning, research and analysis, working with others and effective communication.
You need a GCSE in a Music, Media, IT or similar related subject at grade D or above.
You should also have a standard of English and maths equivalent to a minimum of Functional Skills Level 1.
If you are a mature learner, we may be able to take your previous experience into consideration. Applicants will be interviewed and will undertake an initial assessment in English and maths.
In addition to these entry requirements, you will also need to attend a full-day audition, where your practical skills and potential will be assessed.
Component 1: Music Production
To embark on a vocation in the performing arts, you will need to have a broad knowledge and understanding of the industry and how it functions. Whether you want to be a musician, sound engineer or stage manager, you will need to know how the business works and operates.
The Intermediate Music Production pathway will introduce you to the organisations and roles in this rich and very diverse landscape. It will also enable you to contemplate your place in that landscape and the possibilities for a future career.
You will explore the process of responding to a given brief in preparing and presenting a performance while working as a company. You will also take part in the developmental process of a performing arts production, including planning, rehearsing and performing.
Providing the right sound quality for a performance or event is crucial but the effort and expertise that goes into providing that quality is often overlooked and underplayed. The Music Production pathway will give you the essential skills and techniques to manage the sound for a live performance or event and a platform on which to build the technical knowledge and understanding for further development and a possible vocational career.
Component 2: Digital Business Technologies
This will provide you with the opportunity, through applied learning, to develop core principles and specialist knowledge and understanding required in the IT sector.
The qualification offers you with an introduction to the IT sector, enabling you to learn and be assessed in practical and relevant ways. You are not required to undertake external assessments to achieve this qualification.
Component 1: Music Production is internally assessed and externally moderated. To achieve the qualification, you must complete four units including:
This qualification is graded: Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*.
Component 2: Digital Business Technologies
You must achieve a total of two or three units from a choice of internally assessed units.
On successful completion of the programme to Merit or Distinction standard – as well as GCSE English and Maths to grade 4 [C] – you can progress to an advanced pathway such as Advanced Music Production, via application and portfolio interview.
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.