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Mode of study Vocational Full-time
Duration 1 Year
Campus London Road Campus
Start date September 2021
Course code FLR2MTC (2122)
  • Who is it for?

    This course is designed to lay the foundations for working in the music industry. It features a wide range of units that will challenge you to complete projects that are based on jobs in the music industry. Discover how music is made, performed, recorded, produced or how an artist makes money. This course will lay the foundations for progression to our level 3 courses. 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, performer, sound engineers, producers, editors and 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. For those interested in Music Performance this course offers the opportunity to develop your rehearsal, composition and performance skills through dedicated units and multiple performance opportunities both inside and outside of college.

    We have achieved a grade 2 ALPS for 2 years in a row, this places us in the top 10% nationally in Music Technology! This means our students make outstanding progress meeting and often exceeding their target grades.

    You will also be able to study using the latest software and specialist hardware including the industry standard Pro Tools recording software and Logic Pro X production 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 variety of core and specialist units in your selected pathway. The department has recently benefited from large scale investment in new iMac computers, software upgrades as well as new live sound and studio recording equipment.

  • Entry Requirements

    A minimum of four GCSEs at grade 3 or above or a pass in a level 1 qualification and an ability to demonstrate a clear enthusiasm for music technology and/or performance.

  • What does the course involve?

    Your course is made up of 8 units. You have a choice of taking either the technology or performance pathway. Depending on your pathway you will cover subjects such as:

    • Music Performance (Perf)
    • Improving Instrumental Performance (Perf)
    • Music Sequencing & Production (Both)
    • Sound Recording (Tech)
    • Remixing & Production (Both)
    • Using a DAW and Controller keyboard (Both)
    • Careers in Music (Both)
    • Digital Recording & Production (Both)
    • Podcast Production (Both)
    • DJ Skills (Tech)
    • Successful completion of the course at Merit or Higher could lead to progression to the Level 3 90 credit subsidiary diploma or the 180 credit extended diploma.
  • How is the course assessed?

    The course comprises of 8 internally assessed units.
    During the course you will undertake a number of creative production projects and practical exercises. These assessments are designed alongside employers from the music industry and are marked by RSL. Other methods of assessment include written assignments, compositions and presentations. Your learning experience is enhanced by workshops with professional practitioners and regular performance visits and study trips. If you successfully complete the course you could progress to the second year of the course to complete the extended diploma.

  • How much does it cost?

    A contribution towards educational visits may be requested. It is expected that you keep rigorous notes during sessions, for this we advise that you purchase a note book or academic journal. Recommended equipment includes headphones with a Jack adaptor, USB hard drive or memory stick.

  • Additional Notes

    Where your grades in GCSE maths and English are not at C (4) and above you will have to take these up as part of your programme of study. We have achieved a grade 2 ALPS for 2 years in a row, this places us in the top 10% nationally in Music Technology! This means our students make outstanding progress meeting and often exceeding their target grades. Study where staff are enthusiastic, highly qualified, talented and who work in the industry; Develop studio craft in three of our purpose built recording studios running Pro Tools and Logic Pro X; Develop skills in live sound using high quality PA and outboard equipment; plan, organise and run your own events here at college or in Shrewsbury town; develop music production techniques on Pro Tools or Logic Pro X in our dedicated production suite; have access to a wide array of equipment including: Drum Machines, Guitar Effects Units, Amplifiers, Loop-stations, Synthesisers, V-Drums and Portable Recorders.

    During the course our students take part in workshops, visits and work experience to enrich their understanding and to widen their opportunities. Workshops could include ESL Sound and Lighting, Staffordshire University – Film Sound and Recording, Musicians Union, 60 Second Music Marketing plus other university visits. Visits to Liverpool Beatles Story, British Music Experience, Birmingham Symphony Hall and the BBC form part of the visits programme. Work experience includes: Performing Arts shows in house and at Theatre Severn. Oxjam music festival, The Big Busk, Dance Shows, The Fashion Show, Prestfelde school dance showcase, GB Pro Tennis, Shrewsbury Christmas Lights Switch On, along with other offers for sound engineers and performers throughout the year.

    For the Music Performance pathway you must be able to play an instrument or sing, it is not essential or a course requirement for the Music Technology pathway. A basic understanding of how music is made, recorded or performed is essential. An ability to work well as part of a team as well as having individual drive and motivation to succeed are paramount on the course. This is an exciting, interesting and intensive course; if you believe you have what it takes please get in touch.

  • 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:

Ollie Davies

Ollie Davies

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music Technology
Previous school: Oldbury Wells School

I really enjoy music and wanted to go to a college where I could focus solely on that. I have learnt a lot at the College, the teaching is great and lessons are informative. I enjoy the live performances we do and the studios we use are professional and realistic. After College I am going to study a HND Music Performance course.

Charlie Braddick

Charlie Braddick

Level 3 Music Technology
Previous school: Caereinion High School

There has been some big investments in the Music Technology department at SCG recently – so there is great kit here, and the teachers have so much experience and knowledge of the subject. I grew up around music, as my Dad is a singer and always had an interest – especially in the tech side of it all. I have secured a great job with Energized Sound & Lighting through the course and will hopefully be going on to study Music Technology at university.

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