We will prepare you for a life as a professional musician in the modern music industry

If you want to learn music production, live performance, sound design, music for media or studio techniques, you’ll learn cutting edge skills in our amazing facilities.

If you are passionate, committed and love making music or have the creativity and dedication that is required to develop your skills, then you will be successful in this industry. Creative talent is vital, but won’t be enough on its own. Determination and perseverance are key – as are having the facilities you need to hone your skills.

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Part-time courses

For more details about our Part-time courses please use the links below:

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Courses we offer

Level 2 Study Programme

Music Intermediate Level 2 (offered at Bedford College and Tresham College)

Level 3 Study Programmes
FdA

Music Technology Foundation Degree (FdA) Level 5 (offered at Bedford College only)

BA (Hons)

Music Technology BA (Hons) (top-up from FdA) (offered at Bedford College only)

Entry requirements

Level 2 Study Programme

Duration: One year
• 3 GCSEs 9–3 or A*–D including English and ideally maths OR
• Music Technology Level 1 Extended Certificate with Functional Skills AND
• Evidence of previous musical study or instrumental skills

Duration: Two years
• 3 GCSEs grades 9–1 or A*–G ideally including English and ideally maths with a keen interest in music and evidence of previous musical study

Level 3 Study Programme

Music Advanced (Level 3): Music Performance
Duration: 2 years
• 4 GCSEs grades 9–4 or A*–C including English and ideally maths OR
• Music Level 2 qualification with Functional Skills Level 1 AND
• The ability to demonstrate that you have the necessary instrumental or vocal ability to succeed

Music Advanced (Level 3): Music Production
Duration: 2 years
• 4 GCSEs 9–4 or A*–C including English and ideally maths OR
• Music Technology Level 2 Extended Certificate with Functional Skills/GCSEs AND
• Evidence of previous musical study or instrumental skills AND
• A portfolio of music to be presented at interview

FdA
  • 48 UCAS points with 32 points from one A-Level qualification OR
  • 48 UCAS points from Music Technology BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma OR
  • Equivalent Level 3 qualification.

We welcome applications from mature students via a successful interview and a demonstration of vocational experience if you do not meet the criteria stated.

Entry is subject to a successful interview, either face to face or via Skype/telephone. Practical examples will need to be sent before the interview and this should be arranged with the interviewer. You will be required to produce a portfolio of work showing a broad range of experience in music technology (recording, sequencing, performing).

BA (Hons)

To begin this course you will need to have successfully completed the Level 5 FdA in Music Technology or HND in Music Technology.

Mature students

We also welcome applications from mature students who will be considered on relevant work experience rather than qualifications.

What will I be doing?

Course Content

Level 2 Study Programme Overview

This study programme will introduce you to the practical skills required for sound recording, composing and music technology, including the creation and production of music through the use of computers and sound recording systems. You will study a range of key topics, including music theory, sequencing, the music business, sound recording and performance.

Level 3 Study Programme Overview

Music Advanced (Level 3): Music Performance
This study programme will develop key practical skills in music performance, rehearsal techniques and concert production, including composition and contemporary song writing techniques. You will also learn the fundamentals of using computer software to produce and create music, by using programmes such as Logic Studio and Ableton Live.

Music Advanced (Level 3): Music Production
You will gain practical skills in sound recording, composing and music technology, including the creation and production of music through the use of computer and sound recording systems. During the programme you will study a range of topics, including sequencing, the music business, sound recording and DJ skills.n

FdA Overview

This Foundation Degree is designed to prepare you for employment in the digital music industry. It is a vocational course consisting of practical-based units of study, all of which relate directly to current industry practice: producing records; composing soundtracks to film; TV and games; gaining a grounding in industry standard software and developing entrepreneurship skills.

BA (Hons)

This course will enable you to work creatively with music technology. You will compose and mix music, and you will explore the many creative uses of sound in the Media Industries. You will develop knowledge and skills to support your own creativity, including critical listening, arranging, and sound recording. Students will be able to gain a BA (Hons) Degree in Music Technology. They will develop a portfolio of work which they will be able to use to gain employment within the creative industries. Students work very closely with staff when developing ideas and projects.

Course Structure & Expectations

Course Structure
Your full-time Further Education course will consist of a study programme. This means that alongside your industry-recognised qualification, you’ll also study English and maths and improve your personal and employability skills. In short, your study programme will provide you with:

  • A nationally-recognised qualification
  • English and maths skills
  • Work experience
  • Personal development skills
  • Study skills
  • Employability skills

Our Higher Education programmes can be studied either full-time for two days per week or part-time one day per week. Teaching methods include lectures, practical sessions, group work, tutorials and workshops. In addition, substantial learning resources and support material are available online for home study.

Expectations

  • Attend punctually and regularly
  • Work hard and complete all work within specified deadlines
  • Participate in class activity and discussions
  • Take responsibility for your own learning
  • Treat everyone with respect
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