From chart successes and download sales to live performances and recording studios, the music industry is a global industry and the UK punches well above its weight. Sales of music, concerts, publishing and related revenue contributed £4.1 billion to the UK economy, with exports of £2.2 billion in 2015. Figures also show a year-on-year rise in employment since 2012, with a reported 119,020 jobs in the music industry in 2015. Do you want to become part of this industry?


Entry Requirements

At least 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including Maths and English Language. 


Is this course for me?

  • The Extended Certificate is equivalent to one A Level subject option block. 
  • It provides good preparation if you are considering an apprenticeship in digital music production.
  • It supports access to a range of higher education courses in music production and the wider music industry.
  • You will be working in our new, custom designed Wolfson Sound Studio.


Where does it lead?

This qualification will prepare you for direct employment in the digital music production sector, and is suitable if you wish to work in entry level roles, such as:

  • Junior music producer
  • Remixer 
  • Junior sound designer
  • Music studio assistant
  • Assistant audio restorer/digitiser/archiver

What about University?
There are many roles in this sector where recruitment is at graduate level. The qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as contributing to meeting admission requirements to many relevant courses.

Possible university courses are:

  • BA (Hons) in Music Technology and Production 
  • BA (Hons) in Sound Arts and Design 
  • BA (Hons) in Digital Music and Sound Arts 
  • BSc (Hons) in Music and Sound Production Technology

What will I learn?

During the two years you will study the following units:

  • Music and Sound for Media
  • DAW Production
  • Creative and Synthesis and Sampling
  • Commercial Music Production
  • Remixing and Reworking OR Mixing and Mastering Techniques 


How will I be assessed?

Two thirds of the course is assessed via presentations, podcasts, teacher observations, musical pieces, creative use of audio and MIDI production techniques as well as blogs and written coursework. As this a vocational course, you will be continually assessed – every piece of work you do will contribute to your final grade.

There is also an externally set assessment which makes up one third of your final result.

You'll take part in trips and collaborate with other departments in the College on a range of creative projects.


What activities can I get involved in?

The College has lots of exciting enrichment and CV building opportunities including the chance to earn the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award, learn a new skill, learn a language, join a club, take up or develop a sport or take on a new challenge. See the College Prospectus for further information about what is on offer.


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