Music Technology L3 Extended Diploma

SC111Strode College, Church Road, Street, Somerset, BA16 0ABYear 1 of 2 Years03 Sep 15Fee: 100% discount if eligible Subsidised Fee: 1753 Course Fee (24+ Loan available): 10564

Course code: DT3MT

What will you do on this course?

If you are interested in creative music making, studio technology, sound engineering and music performance then this two year course is for you.

This course offers a wide range of practical skills, creative skills and technical knowledge so musicians, DJs, producers, technicians, engineers and composers can take the next step into the music industry or a place at university.

Students study a range of related units including these subject areas (units are subject to change):

  • Listening Skills for Musicians;
  • Music in Society;
  • Music Sequencing;
  • Composing using Technology;
  • Pop Music in Performance;
  • Music Technology Performance;
  • Sound Recording Techniques;
  • Creating and Marketing a Musical Product;
  • Synthesis and Sampling;
  • Acoustics and Live Sound;
  • Video Production and Graphic Design;
  • Sound Design;
  • The Sound and Music Industry.


Course assessment

The course is continually assessed using a range of techniques including essays, written reports, worksheets, question papers and practical work.

Each unit is graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction using assignments that clearly outline in writing what you have to do and the way in which you will be assessed.

Practical assignments will be accompanied by written work to establish understanding of the process involved. Here are some examples of the assignments you may be asked to complete: Remix a TV theme using samples and FX; Organise a launch party for a CD release; Explain sound equipment for music venues; Build a sampled drum kit in music software; Compose a sound track for a TV advert; Perform your composition using technology; Write about the history of popular music.

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Special features

  • Listening skills to develop your ear.
  • Wider skills developed in Photoshop, Soundtrack Pro and Final Cut Pro software.
  • Regular music performance sessions.
  • Create an audio portfolio of your compositions, studio work and remixes.
  • Large scale performance at Strode Theatre.
  • Opportunities to develop instrumental skills and Study Support to help with your course work.

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Next step

BA and BSc honours degree in Creative Music Technology, Sound Technology, Commercial Music and Music Production. Applications are made to universities at the start of the second year so consider your options now. A good place to start looking is Bath Spa University


Student destinations

Bath Spa University, Glamorgan University, ACM London, BIM, Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies, University of Westminster, UWE Bristol, University of Hertfordshire and LIPA. Some students have gained work experience in the industry and continue to work on their own music production.


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 and instrumental skills will be an advantage but not essential.


Recommended resources

Headphones and an external hard drive.


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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