Music Technology BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

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Music Technology BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma is a two year programme, 15 hours per week, Monday to Friday.
(Music Technology 90 Credit Diploma in year 1, progressing to the Level 3 Extended Diploma in year 2).


Fancy yourself flying the faders behind a large mixing console, possibly as a monitor engineer at Glastonbury (or similar festival)? Maybe you’re not so keen on the outdoors so would prefer to be editing synthesizers and samplers for the next big electronica outfit. Whatever your passion, if you like music and you like technology then our level 3 music technology programme is for you.

A BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma is a practical, work-related course.  You learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. It is equivalent to three A levels which means when you have finished the course you can choose whether to get a job straight away or go into higher education.

Music Technology BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma is taught at our campus in Longbridge, Birmingham.

“Over 70% of those who come to view our music facilities end up studying with us’
“Outstanding success rates on Level 3 Music Technology”
“All teaching in music is good with outstanding features”

Recent survey feedback:
“I would recommend my course to a friend” = all music students responded with 100% agreement
“I am enjoying  my course” = all music students responded with 100% agreement
Technology Students benefit from weekly studio sessions with professional bands
Music students benefit from live gigs each term in professional contexts


All students take six core units:
Planning & Delivering a Music Product (double value unit)
Listening Skills for Music Technologists
Music Production Techniques
The Sound & Music Industry
Sequencing Systems and Techniques

Plus 12 specialist units:
Analogue Engineering Principles
Acoustics for Musicians
Functional Music Keyboard
Sound Creation and Manipulation
Music Theory and Harmony
Music Events Management
Marketing and Promotion in the Music Industry
Music and Sound for Moving Image
Music and Society
Arranging Music
Working with Notation Software Packages

Functional Skills

Functional Skills are a compulsory part of all Sixth Form Centre courses.  Students set targets to improve their skills, and gain qualifications, in English, Maths and/or IT. The Functional Skills and levels taken are based on initial assessment and previous GCSE results.  There is a particular emphasis on skills required for Music. Students build up a folder of evidence from their vocational work and may be required to sit one or more tests.

Teaching Methods

There are a variety of teaching methods employed from formal lectures/presentations to demonstrations and simulations.  Group/team work is developed as are one-to-one skills in a practical environment.

Up to 20% of the learning on this course will be delivered online, through flipped learning or online lessons.


All units are assessed and graded and an overall grade for the qualification is awarded.  Most assessments are ongoing by assignments set for each unit.  There is a balance between practical projects and theoretical/research work.

Qualification Gained

Music Technology BTEC Level 3 90-credit Diploma in year 1
Music Technology BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in year 2

On successful completion of Years 1 and 2, students will be awarded Music Technology BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma which is equivalent to 3 A Levels.

Opportunities for Progression

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diplomas are valued by employers and higher education (universities and colleges). Students can go into careers such as Music Management, Teaching, Performance and Production.

You could work in:

  • Performance
  • Music Production
  • Music Business

If you decide to go to university or college you could take a degree or a BTEC Higher National in subjects such as:

  • Music
  • Popular Music
  • Music Technology
  • Music Management

Entry Requirements

  • 4 GCSEs at Grade C or above, two of which must be maths and English Language.
  • BTEC First Diploma (Merit or Distinction) together with a grade C in Maths and English.
  • All applicants must have a good reference.

Advanced Learner Loans

From 1st August 2016, anyone aged 19 or over may apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help pay your tuition fees. The new loans will replace the outgoing 24+ Advanced Learning Loans that were available previously.

For more information visit Advanced Learner Loans.

For Further Information

If you are interested in studying Music Technology, please contact the Advice Zone on 0121 477 1300, call in or email [email protected]


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