BTEC Extended Certificate

Digital Music Production


Course Content

This is a course which takes a practical look at Popular Music through the use of Music Technology. You will study in detail:

  • Music production
  • Sequencing software and techniques
  • Music and sound for media
  • Synthesis and sampling
  • Mixing and mastering

The course makes extensive use of music production software and recording studio equipment. You will develop an in-depth understanding of Apple’s Logic music production software and will learn how to analyse typical technical features found in popular music production.

This course is equivalent to one A level.

Methods of Teaching

You will learn how to use computer software and studio equipment to produce music. Practical tasks will include sequencing using Apple’s Logic software package and working in the studio. Class based lessons will focus on developing in depth understanding of the techniques and principles behind music technology, and how these are used in popular music production. You will also gain an understanding of how the music industry functions and will explore current trends and developments in popular music.

Where Could It Take Me?

Students who have studied Music Technology at the college have gone on to study Music Technology and Music courses at University and Music College, and have pursued careers in the music industry. The course helps to equip students with skills required for a career in the music industry, as well as valuable life skills such as the ability to organise people, time and resources, the ability to give the utmost attention to detail, the ability to process complex data and think logically.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including Mathematics and English. No formal GCSE music qualifications are required.

Methods & Patterns of Assessment

You will be assessed through the completion of a series of coursework assignments and an external assessment that will be set and marked by the exam board. The course has a strong practical element, therefore most of the coursework tasks will be practical in nature. Written work will support detailed understanding of technical concepts and terminology.