Music Technology
BTEC Level 3

Awarding Body: EdExcel, Pearson

Qualification Level(s)

Available As:

• Subsidiary Diploma (2 years, equivalent to an A level)
• Diploma (2 years, equivalent to two A levels)

Course Description

Developing your skills and harnessing your creativity is the priority of the course. You will cover the fundamentals of studio recording as well as how to be creative with sound using industry-standard equipment. Discover how pivotal sound is in the world we live in.

It is preferable that you have studied music or music technology at GCSE and achieved a grade 4 or above, or have achieved a level 2 music qualification at Merit or above.

As an international student you must:

  • Demonstrate a suitable level of academic English, normally at CEFR level B1. For Tier Visa applications Portsmouth College recommends a minimum IELTS score of 5.5 overall (with no component lower than 5) to best succeed in your studies.
  • Demonstrate that you are competent to study at Level 3 in your chosen subjects during your application, including certificates of your qualifications and subject specific requirements such as evidence of an art portfolio for entry on to one of our Art courses.
  • Successfully complete a Skype interview with the College to discuss and assess your choices.

Learn a wide range of practical skills and techniques within our professional in-house recording studio. Discover how to manipulate audio and MIDI with Logic Pro X to re-mix and rework tracks. You will be challenged as a recording engineer by producing a CD each year as well as learning how to operate live sound in professional venues and earn money from the music industry. The course allows you to develop your self-confidence and presentation skills as well as the ability to work in groups, all of which are highly regarded by employers and higher education.

We will equip you with the skills, knowledge and experience necessary to produce, mix and master music, whether you want to help realise another artist’s vision or create your very own. Throughout the course we will train you to use your ears to their full potential – you will develop a critical listening ear as well as the ability to critique and analyse key concepts within music. We will nurture your creative flair while you develop your skills across a wide range of contexts, including traditional studio recording, live recording, and computer music performance, plus music for film, television and multimedia. You will study the context of contemporary music and the industry that supports it, as well as learning project management and business skills. The aim of the course is to equip you with the skills and knowledge that you need to progress onto university, an apprenticeship or directly into the music industry.

Students will be assessed over a range of internal and external units to showcase both your practical and written skills. They will be given client briefs, which they will use as stimulus to produce their work within a vocational scenario. Students will need to develop, demonstrate and evaluate their skills within each unit and will be assessed continuously over the duration of the course. There is no written “exam” for this course.

We have extensive links with local recording studios, music businesses and music venues that will open up doors into the industry for you to gain invaluable work experience and can help your progression onto a university. Through our E6 Programme you can study a ABRSM Grade 5 Music Theory qualification where you will learn how to read and write music, or you could take up the opportunity to work in a professional recording studio working with professional artists. We have a Rock Choir who rehearse each week within the college and there are opportunities to take on a technical role within Rock Challenge and produce sound design for the show. If you are passionate about technology, you could always become an Apple Ambassador and work with staff and other students to push forward the Portsmouth College iPad project.

The creative industry is growing rapidly each year – with a high demand for sound (think about all the online content on Netflix and YouTube – someone needs to do the sound!). Each year we have had students that have progressed onto some of the most prestigious music universities in the country, such as; the British and Irish Modern Music Institute, the Academy of Contemporary Music, Leeds College of Music, Bath Spa University, Solent University and Portsmouth University, as well as progressing directly into the industry. Previous students are now thriving within the music industry and we have students working all over the world doing live performance, live sound, sound design, film composition, marketing and event management, to name a few.

Students will be given interim deadlines throughout the duration of their course for internal units. External course assessment dates will be provided by Edexcel when the window for work completion is open and students will be set a vocational task based around work they have been completing.