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Music Technology Level 3 Extended Diploma

Course Information

  • Course Code: WEB009
  • Duration: 1 academic year
  • 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 UAL 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

4 GCSEs at Grade C/4 including Maths or English Language or completion of a Level 2 course.

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 a UAL 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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Career Options

Music Teacher

Music teachers give music lessons to people of all ages and abilities. If you are skilled at playing a musical instrument or singing and would like to pass your skills and love of music on to others, then there could be opportunities for you in this job.

Patience and encouragement will help you to teach pupils at a pace that is right for them. You’ll also be using your communication skills to share your enthusiasm for music.

There are different entry requirements for this job, depending on whether you want to teach in a music college, primary school, secondary school, or offer private tuition.

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Music Therapist

Music therapists use music and sound to help improve people's emotional wellbeing, relieve stress and improve confidence.

If you have a high level of musical ability and would like to use your communication skills to help people improve their lives, this could be the job for you.

In this role you will need to be able to relate well to all kinds of different people. You will also need to be non-judgemental and enjoy helping people.

To get into this job you will need a master’s qualification in music therapy. To do a master’s course you will need a diploma or degree in music, or a degree in psychology or education.?

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Musical Instrument Maker-repairer

As a musical instrument maker or repairer you’ll use your specialist practical skills to create new musical instruments or repair ones that have been damaged. If you love music and can use your woodworking and metalworking skills to a high level of accuracy, then this could be a job you’ll enjoy.

Patience and concentration will help you to make good quality repairs. An appreciation of pitch and sound quality will help you to make sure the instrument is tuned and ready to play.

There's no set entry route to become a musical instrument maker or repairer. Most new musical instrument makers or repairers have learned their skills whilst working, or gained them by completing a relevant qualification.

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Music Promotions Manager

Music promotions managers publicise recording artists or live music events. If you've got knowledge of music and the music industry, and you are persuasive and good at negotiating, this job could be ideal for you.

In this job you will need excellent spoken and written communication skills. You will need to be able to stay organised when working under pressure.

There is no set entry route to become a music promotions manager. Having experience and contacts in the industry can help you find employment. Many people move into this job from other roles within the music industry.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire