Music Technology Level 3 Extended Diploma

Course Information

  • Course Code: MP029-Y1
  • Duration: 2 year
  • Validated by: Rock School Limited
  • Study Mode: Full time

This is a hands on, practical experience in a wide range of disciplines centred around Music Technology. We use state of the art equipment to give you the best possible experience. We have industry standard hardware and software, such as Pro Tools and Logic Pro software, Avid C24 and /Allen & Heath GSR24M desks and a range of professional quality microphones.

The course offers valuable experience which sets students on a career focused trajectory through work experience and practical study. The Music Technology students at Blackburn College run events, recording sessions, practical equipment demonstrations, and even contribute to a student-run record label.

What will I study?

The RSL curriculum is both cutting-edge and relevant to the modern student. In this vocational course you will receive a foundation of knowledge over the wide range of disciplines involved with Music Technology. We produce music, record bands and artists, mix live sound for gigs and events, study the physics of sound, remix tracks and (in the second year of this programme) you will develop and run the student record label, signing artists, recording a product and launching it an end of year event.

Entry Requirements

At Level 3 the entry requirements are 4 GCSEs from A*-C (or equivalent). One of these has to be Maths or English.

We do like to see music GCSEs or BTECs, but these are not a strict requirement for the course. It would be advantageous if you have previous experience of software/hardware associated with Music Technology, but this is also not a necessary requirement as the course will start by laying the foundations.

How will I be assessed?

The emphasis of assessments on the course is developing you as a music technologist with a range of skills and approaches to music recording, live performance support, and broader technical and organisational skills that are needed in the real world. There are no formal examinations.

What can I do next?

At the end of the course our students leave with an RSL Extended Diploma: Music Practitioner – Technology. This is the equivalent of 3 A-Levels from A*-C. A high proportion of our students leave us to study further in Higher Education. We’ve sent students to Salford University, BIMM University, the School of Sound Recording (Manchester and London), Huddersfield, UCLAN (Preston), and many more.Other students have gained employment, internships or freelance work within the music industry.

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You will be based in the £18.3 million Beacon Centre and brand new £7 million Futures Centre, and have access to a state of the art recording studio, rehearsal rooms, dedicated performance space, Apple Mac facilities, including Pro-Tools sound editing software and high quality classrooms. 

Enrichment & Employability

Our music qualifications are designed by Access to Music and are accredited by Rockschool, the UK’s only rock and pop awarding body. Access to Music are pioneers of UK popular music education with 20 years experience of writing courses which meet the needs of musicians and the industry, making sure you are learning the right skills to succeed.

Blackburn College students have the opportunity to perform in local venues on a regular basis and get involved in a range of college based events either in a technical support or performance capacity, in order to develop your confidence, music skills and people skills, which are all highly valuable in this competitive industry.

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