Awarding Body: UAL
Qualfications on offer:
- Year 1: Level 3 Diploma in Music, Performance & Production
- Year 2: Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music, Performance & Production (This is equivalent to 3 A Levels)
- Maths at an appropriate level if GCSE grade 4 not yet achieved
Summary of course
You will cover a wide range of music technology activities. Developing knowledge of all the major software, access to state of the art studio equipment and experience of live sound, studio recording and computer based music. This is a practical course and includes both tutor and student led sessions, performances and theory-based assignments. Level 3 Music Performance & Production is a very practically based course including a portfolio of performances and theory based assignments. Practical elements include use of audio production facilities, practice booths, Apple Mac & PC software, keyboard lab and gigs in performance venue (both in house and externally) . This course gives the opportunity to perform live gigs and record a demo. The College has strong links with the local Music Community, the Royal & Derngate and the Roadmender. The method of learning is by a mixture of academic and practical sessions.
What will I study?
The units you will study are likely to include:
- Principles of music performance and production
- Critical Listening and music composition
- Music Industry and professional practice
- Critical and contextual awareness for music performance and production
- Music Production in context
- Music performance in context
- Preparation for specialist study in music performance and production
- Collaborative performance project
- Developing Music performance and production skills
- Exploration of specialist study in music performance and production
- Preparing for progression in music performance
- Project proposal for extended project in music performance and production
- Extended project in music performance and production
All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.
For further information about the course and the units you will study, please read the awarding body specification by clicking on the link below:
How is the course assessed?
There is continuous assessment throughout each stage of the course, through a combination of written assessments, practical demonstrations, individual and group projects, with your progress being monitored through tutorials.
Your Study Programme
If you are aged 16-18, you will join a Study Programme. We will make sure you are working at the right level on your core qualification and are challenged to achieve the highest level of qualification you can. All students will continue to improve their maths and English and if you don't have a grade 4 (C) at GCSE, we will work with you towards achieving that goal (subject to specific entry requirements for particular courses). Work experience will be part of your study programme and complement your college study and prepare you for employment. You will also get involved in activities to help you develop life skills and to build your confidence so you can make progress in your career. Weekly timetables will include tutorial support which may comprise of full group activities or one to one sessions to discuss individual progress or support needs.
Who is this course for?
This course is ideal for you if you have an interest in gaining employment in music producing, live sound engineering, music technicians, song writing, music publishing or those who wish to progress to Higher Education and wish to gain a Level 3 qualification in music technology.
Progression and Career Opportunities
After successful completion of this course you can progress to:
- HND Music Production at Northampton College
- A Degree in Music Performance or Music Technology
- Further specialist music training (e.g. sound engineering courses)
Find about more about career opportunities and expected starting salaries by clicking on the What Can I Earn?' section of our website.
Entry Requirements for new students
|Entry and Foundation:||GCSEs, mainly 2-1 (F/G) grades. Satisfactory school reference*|
|Level 1:||Four GCSEs at grade 2(E) or above|
|Level 2:||Four GCSEs at grade 3(D) or above|
|Level 3 BTEC Courses or equivalent:||Four GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C)|
|Level 3 A Levels:||Five GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C) including English and maths|
|Level 4/5:||A Level 3 qualification such as: A Levels, BTEC Level 3, Access to HE, Advanced Apprenticeship; equivalent of 48 UCAS points|
|Specific Course Requirements:||Standard Level 3 requirements including GCSE English|
*All applicants will be invited in for interview.
Equivalent qualifications will be considered except where English has been studied as a second language and is required at GCSE grade 9-4 (A*-C).
You must bring your interview letter to your appointment with you and arrive 15 minutes before your interview is due to take place.
At point of interview please bring along a printed 500 word, computer generated report on why you have chosen this course.
Please be prepared to discuss your current level of experience/involvement with music and music technology.
General Info (materials required for the course)
You should supply your own headphones, portable hard drive - USB3. There may be visits to events as appropriate.