Music Technology L3 Extended Diploma

Course code: DT3MT

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What will you do on this course?

If you are interested in music production, music events management, studio technology, sound engineering and music performance then this course is for you. You will gain a wide range of practical skills, creative skills and technical knowledge to help you take the next step into the music industry or a place at university.

You will study a range of related subject areas designed to develop the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in the music industry. These include music listening skills, music software, composing and performance using music technology, studio recording, synthesis, sampling, acoustics, live sound engineering, sound design for film and TV, music video production and events management.

The course group runs the record label ‘StrodeTech’, which allows you to develop real world projects such as creating and marketing your own musical product, organising promotional events and establishing an online presence. You will also organise a launch party which will be covered by local radio, local press and be attended by people in the music industry. This is a real opportunity to showcase your music performance, composition and production skills.

Music Technology students gain links and insights into the industry through visits, trips and ‘production’ workshops. These include, The BPM Show at the NEC, The Music Production Show in London, Bristol - Chemical Record and O2 Academy (live sound focus), Bath - Real World Studios and Bath Spa University. Our growing list of industry links includes Paul White form Sound on Sound magazine, Orchard Recording Studios, O2 Academy Bristol, Real World Studios, SDOS Recordings, Jaywalk Music, The Red Brick Building, The Musician’s Union as well as music producers including ‘Anugoo,’ ‘Dharmonk,’ and DJ ‘Roy Bar’.

Each year, Strode Music Technology students release a compilation album showcasing their work.

Special features

You will develop your listening skills and learn to use Photoshop, Soundtrack Pro and Adobe Premier software. You will create an audio portfolio of your work. There are regular performances including a large scale event at Strode Theatre. We have industry links, trips and work experience and there will be opportunities to develop instrumental skills.

How is the course assessed?

The course is continually assessed using essays, written reports, worksheets, question papers and practical work. Assignments clearly outline what you have to do and how you will be assessed. Practical assignments will be accompanied by written work. Previous assignments include:

  • Remix a track using Logic Pro software
  • Organise a launch party for a music product release
  • Explain sound equipment for music venues
  • Build a sampled drum kit in music software
  • Compose a sound track for a computer game
  • Perform your composition using technology
  • Write about the history of popular music
  • Create an audio portfolio to showcase your work

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University and career progression

You can progress to higher education - there are degrees in Creative Music Technology, Sound Technology, Music Events Management, Commercial Music and Music Production. A good place to start looking is Bath Spa University

Former students have progressed to Bath Spa University, Glamorgan University, ACM London, BIMM, University of Westminster, University of the West of England Bristol and the University of Hertfordshire. Other students gained work experience in the industry and continue to work on their own music.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs grades A* - C or equivalent, such as Level 2 Diploma at pass, merit or distinction plus a GCSE A* - C. GCSE Music and/or English Language and instrumental skills will be an advantage but are not essential.

Recommended resources

Headphones and an external hard drive.


Thomas Mills-SmithStudent Profile: Thomas Mills-Smith

“I chose this course because I thought it would develop the skills I need to compose and record music for games. The teaching is good and the facilities are great.”

Thomas, a former pupil of The Blue School, studied the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music Technology and he is now studying Games Technology at the University of the West of England, Bristol.


Connor RyanStudent Profile: Connor Ryan

"I never really knew what I wanted to do in life but since being here I have been given so many options and help. The college is great and full of good people who all get along and is one of the best choices I have ever made."

Connor, a former pupil of Sexey's School, studied the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music Technology. He has now taken a gap year and is travelling the world before going to university to study Audio and Music Technology.


Oliver Beha-BurrStudent Profile: Oliver Beha-Burr

"I've really enjoyed my time at Strode meeting new people, and the teachers are great. The course was definitely worth doing, as now I'm going to university."

Oliver, a former pupil of Crispin Academy, studied the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music Technology and he is now studying Music Management at the University of West London.



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