Music | Music Production | UAL Diploma/Extended Diploma | Level 3

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Course Code: FE0335-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time) Campus: West Durrington Campus Entry requirements: This level is for students who have already achieved at least four GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above. See the entry requirements tab above for other requirements. Qualification: UAL LEVEL 3 DIPLOMA IN MUSIC TECHNOLOGY Awarding Body: UAL

Why this course?

Transform your passion for music into a career with this exciting course, designed to develop a range of creative music production skills. Based in our state-of-the-art recording studio complex and taught by music industry professionals, you will explore a broad range of music production skills, as well as learning about the music industry. Industry-based projects and work experience opportunities are part of each course curriculum, enabling you to further develop the skills to progress to a career in the music industry with the energy and confidence to thrive. You can choose to specialise in Music Production or DJ & Electronic music.

  • Learn in state-of-the-art, dedicated music studios
  • Tutors with professional industry experience
  • Access to industry-grade recording studios and equipment
  • Excellent links to the music industry
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Start dates

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Qualifications required

To start at this level, you need at least four GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, preferably including English and maths.

Additional requirements

If you do not have the above grades, you can start on the Level 2 course.

About this course

Northbrook College is highly regarded in the music industry as a provider of excellent training.

The MET's music department has a broad range of staff who are all practising artists and producers involved in the region's exciting music scene. Our staff are here help you realise your potential.     

Our experienced teaching staff are passionate about their areas of expertise and are committed to helping you to attain your learning goals and meet your personal aims.    

Without a doubt, one of the reasons we know you will love studying at Northbrook College is the renowned creative facilities and atmosphere at our West Durrington Campus. The campus is a dedicated arts space, with the music courses running alongside theatre arts and art & design courses. You will collaborate with like-minded, passionate students and benefit from the various creative projects that take place, such as theatre shows, music gigs and art exhibitions. The campus is regularly used by professional creatives, which further highlights the quality of our industry-standard facilities.

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Topics include:

  • Studio recording and practice
  • Logic Pro X and Ableton live
  • Sound design for film
  • Mixing techniques and producing demos

Course units

Year 1 (Diploma)

  • Studio recording and practice
  • Composition with Logic Pro X
  • Sound design for film
  • Mixing techniques
  • Producing demos
  • Ableton Live
  • Collaborative music project

Year 2 (Extended Diploma)

  • Chosen specialist areas
  • Event management
  • Final major project
  • Sound design for games
  • Advanced studio skills
  • Ableton Live
  • Live sound techniques

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After this course

Further study

After one year at Level 3, most students go on to the second year to gain the Extended Diploma.

This prepares you to go on to university degree courses in music production.

Future careers

  • Performer/producer
  • Studio or live sound engineer
  • Composer for film/TV/games/web
  • Music teacher
  • DJ
  • Mixing engineer

Work experience

Work experience or work related experience enables you to develop links with employers, and put all of your skills, knowledge and experience into practice. It provides excellent portfolio content where you can demonstrate how you have taken your learning and applied it in a real setting. This will ensure you have a professional portfolio and provides the extra engagement employers and universities want to see.  

Work experience can take a variety of forms such as work with an external company or work related experience working on live projects e.g. commissioned work from an internal or external client.

Your tutors will help and support you to find work experience however, you may wish to use your own contacts to secure your placement.

We encourage all of our students to take part in volunteering – this is great for your CV and demonstrates your willingness to give back something to your community.

Course costs

Course fees

This course is free (you do not have to pay fees) if:

  • You are a UK citizen, hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify you for home status.
  • AND you are under 19 on 31 August in the year you are studying. 

Advanced Learner Loan

You may be eligible to apply for a loan to meet the course costs of your qualification fees. This is paid directly to the College on your behalf. For more information about Advanced Learner Loans, please click here

Subsidised fees

If the above does not apply to you, you may still be eligible for a subsidised fee. For more information, please speak to our Admissions team: | 01273 667704

Course costs

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Course costs

All 16+ (full-time) courses are free to UK citizens, those who hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify them for home status, AND are under 19 years old on the 31 August of the year of entry. If you are 19+ and interested in studying this course, you can find out more about costs and financial support in the link below.

19+ fees

How to apply

We accept applications throughout the year, allowing you to apply up until the course starts.

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