Music Technology BTEC subsidiary diploma

Why study music technology?

This course provides students with the opportunity to develop a variety of skills across all areas of music and the associated technology.  It is a largely practical course, which helps students to develop the practical skills demanded by industry employers.  Students will have the opportunity to create, prepare and perform live, recorded and engineered music for a diverse range or audiences and purposes. The course will help students to improve communication skills, independence and confidence.

What will I be learning?

Students will select a pathway, which will focus on one of the following:

  • Music (composing)
  • Music (performing)
  • Music technology (DJ skills)
  • Music Technology (production)

Students will then select additional units which, may include:

  • Music performance techniques
  • Pop music in practice
  • Live sound techniques
  • Sequencing systems and techniques
  • Composing music
  • Improvising music
  • DJ performance techniques
  • Solo music in practice
  • Sound and music industry

How will I be assessed?

Students will take part in several practical assessments throughout the duration of the course. They will supplement their practical work with a number of research projects and detailed analysis.  Detailed assessment sheets will be issued throughout the course and regular meetings with teachers will allow students to keep track of their progress and attainment.

What are the entry requirements?

5 A*-C grades at GCSE, including English and maths.

Where will this lead?

Music technology students may decide to pursue higher education courses in music, music technology, sound technology, performing arts or expressive arts at university with a view to pursuing careers in the industry.