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Mode of study Vocational Full Time
Duration 1 Year
Campus London Road Campus
Start date 2 September 2019
Course code FLR2MTC (1920)
  • Who is it for?

    If you have ever wondered how music is made, recorded, produced or how an artist makes money, this course will give you a good understanding of the fundamentals. Consider that every time that you hear music or sound on TV, Radio, Film, Computer games or any interactive media that a number of people have been involved in the process of making that sound or music. From the composer, performance, sound engineers, producers, editors, sound designers each sound must be made, recorded, edited, mixed and mastered ready for performance. From the sound of the Dinosaurs in Jurassic Park to the sound of a gun-shot on a computer game to the music that accompanies the media, Music Technology is at the heart of the process from beginning to end. You will also be able to study using the latest software and specialist hardware including the industry standard Pro Tools recording software. This is an exciting one year course which provides a nationally recognised qualification from an exam board, RSL, whose qualifications are written by those that work in the music industry. Each assignment is based on an industry brief, essentially the work that you undertake on this course is based on the work that you would complete in the industry. The course will enable you to develop practical skills and a theoretical understanding of the music industry through the completion of units including: Music Performance, Improving Instrumental Performance, Music Sequencing, Sound Recording, Listening to Music, Composing Music and Music Marketing & Promotion. Successful completion of the course at Merit or Higher could lead to progression to a Level 3 programme.

  • Entry Requirements

    Ideally a pass in a Level 1 qualification or 4 GCSEs at grade 3 or above and demonstrate a clear enthusiasm for music technology and/or performance.

  • What does the course involve

    This programme will introduce you to the technical and theoretical skills required in the music industry. You will gain a strong foundation to progress to further study. The course is very practical with workshops in Music Production, Sequencing, Music Performance and the Music Industry. You will have the opportunity to take part in live music performances and workshops. You will also undertake a number of creative production projects and practical exercises throughout the year.

  • How is the course assessed

    The course is based on continuous assessment and exams. This will comprise of studio recordings, computer compositions, performances, written reports, presentations, research, external moderation, paper exams and practical assessment.

  • How much does it cost

    Recommended Equipment: Headphones with a Jack adaptor; USB hard drive or memory stick; a contribution towards educational visits may also be required; Notepad; Diary.

  • Additional Notes

    Why Study here? -- Study on a course that has excellent pass rates – 10% above the national average! Study where staff are enthusiastic, highly qualified, and talented and who work in the industry; Develop studio craft in three of our purpose built recording studios running Pro Tools, the industry standard recording platform; Develop skills in live sound using high quality speaker and outboard equipment; Develop sequencing skills using the in our dedicated sequencing suite; Plan, organise and run your own events here at college or in Shrewsbury town; Develop music production techniques on Pro Tools in our dedicated production suite; Have access to a wide array of equipment including: Roland; Drum Machines, Guitar Effects Units, Amplifiers, Loop-stations, Synthesisers, V-Drums and Portable Recorders.

  • What do I do next?

    You can apply online via the APPLY NOW button. You can also apply for a second, alternative programme of study on the application page. If after reading this factsheet, you are still undecided about the course most suitable for you, please drop in to one of our Open Evenings, ring Admissions on 01743 342346 or email:

Sophie Iddles

Sophie Iddles

A Level Music (History and Geography)
Previous Institution: Priory School

I am thankful for the excellent music teaching I have received, both at the College and from my instrumental teachers. I am going to study Music at Cambridge University and am excited to continue expanding my musical knowledge. I feel very privileged to be going to such a prestigious university!

Anna Davies-Jones

Anna Davies-Jones

HNC in Music Technology

I chose to study at Shrewsbury Colleges Group because of the brilliant resources and teaching. It’s also great doing a HE course closer to home because I am familiar with my surroundings and have all my family and friends nearby. I am aware that there are less women in the music production industry, but I know I have the ability to succeed. I’m excited for females in the music industry because things are changing

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  • Musicians

    Up to £37,000

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    Up to £20,000


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