Music (Performance) Advanced (Level 3)
This study programme will introduce you to practical skills in music performance, rehearsal techniques and live sound, including composition and contemporary song-writing techniques. You will specialise in areas such as concert production and staging, operating live sound and events management. You will also learn the fundamentals of using computer software to produce and create music, using software such as Logic Studio, Ableton Live and Reason. You will work with a range of specialist lecturers (including practising musicians), in facilities equipped with industry standard equipment.
After my GCSEs I considered A-Levels but I knew I wanted to specialise in music, so this course at Bedford College was perfect for me. I’d had my first drum lesson when I was five years old and I also play the guitar, bass and piano. I’m a gigging musician and a session musician – so music is pretty much my whole life!
This course is great for people who are self-motivated, ready to work hard and have a passion to get into the music business. I’ve really enjoyed being able to work with professional software such as Logic Pro which is one of the main industry programmes for writing music and creating audio effects. I didn’t originally see myself as a producer but now I feel that I have the skills to be able to go into the studio and produce my own work. I’ve also learnt how to use all the technical equipment and gain a deeper understanding of how the music business works, including publishing rights.
I’ve found the music facilities and equipment at Bedford College absolutely amazing – they have everything we need including a top notch recording studio and some great technicians who are always ready to help us. I’m now looking forward to taking a year out and then my aim is to study BMus (Hons) at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and specialise in Jazz.
Joel - Music Technology Level 3
Entry requirementsTo begin this study programme you will need...
Duration: 2 Years
- 4 GCSEs at grades A*-C or 9-4 ideally including English and maths
- Music BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate with Functional Skills
You will need to show evidence of previous musical study or instrumental skills. You will be asked to audition a short performance piece of your choice to demonstrate that you have the necessary instrumental or vocal ability to succeed. Some knowledge of music theory would also be advantageous.
- Subject units:
- Aural perception skills
- Composing music
- Music production techniques
- Music and society
- Pop music in practice
- Sequencing systems and techniques
- Functional music keyboard
- The sound and music industry
- English and maths:
If you don't already have GCSE English and maths grade A*-C, we will work with you to help you develop your maths and English skills.
- Personal development skills, study skills and employability skills
- Additional vocational learning and qualifications:
- You will be given the opportunity to take part in a trip. Trips vary from year to year, but have previously included industry conventions/exhibitions such as Music Live, and educational trips to The British Music Experience and Marshall Amplifiers.
Music BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
- English and maths skills
- Work experience
- Personal development skills
- Study skills
- Employability skills
You can also gain up to 168 UCAS points.
Further study and career options
On successful completion of this study programme you could progress on to the Music Technology Foundation Degree, or employment in the industry. The BTEC National Diploma attracts up to 420 UCAS points towards entry onto a degree-level course.
You will be required to provide your own headphones and memory stick/hard drive to participate on this study programme. Advice on suitable equipment will be provided at the interview stage.
All full-time Level 1 and Level 2 courses are now FREE for everyone, whatever their age. If you are looking to study a Level 3 qualification, courses are still free if you’re under 19 or 19-23 and studying your first full Level 3 qualification. If you’re over 23 or studying a second Level 3 qualification, you will need to pay a fee. Find out more on our financial support page at www.bedford.ac.uk/finance
If you are aged 19 or over you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. Find out more at www.bedford.ac.uk/loans. You can also pay by instalments to help make the cost of this course more affordable.