Music Technology
BTEC Level 3

Awarding Body: Pearson

Qualification Level(s)

Available As:

  • Extended Certificate (2 years – equivalent to an A Level)

Course Description

Nurture your creative flair while you develop your skills across a wide range of contexts including the art of film composition and computer music performance. You will also explore the music industry as a whole, as well as learning personal project-management and relevant business skills. Developing your skills and harnessing your creativity is the priority of the course. You will cover the fundamentals of studio production as well as how to be creative with sound using industry standard equipment. Discover how pivotal sound is within the world we live in.

Grade 4 or above in GCSE Music or Merit or above in Level 2 Vocational Music qualification.

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.

You will create music and foley for film and games as well as learn how professionals create soundtracks for blockbuster films. Learn about the producers who pioneered recording and how technology has evolved both in the studio and on stage.
Take part in community music projects, working with local clients and completing location recordings as well as understand how new technology is changing the music industry.
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 remix and rework tracks as well as how to make money in the 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’ll 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, 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 industry.

The course is both internally and externally assessed through a range of vocational scenarios. Students will be assessed over a range of units to showcase both your practical and written skills. You will be given client briefs, which you will use as stimulus to produce your work within a vocational scenario. You will need to develop, demonstrate and evaluate your skills within each unit and will be assessed continuously over the duration of the course. There are no formal exams in 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 colleges 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; BIMM, ACM, Leeds College of Music, Bath Spa, Solent and Portsmouth University as well as progressing directly into 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 receive key dates throughout the term from their teacher which they will be expected to meet.