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Mode of study Vocational Full Time
Duration 2 Years
Campus London Road Campus
Start date 2 September 2019
Course code FLR3DMT (1921)
  • Entry Requirements

    A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 or above or a Merit profile in a related Level 2 Diploma. You should also demonstrate a clear interest or previous experience in Music Technology. Being able to work both independently and as part of a team is essential.

  • What does the course involve

    This course is an opportunity for you to develop practical and theoretical skills that are required in the ever changing music industry. Based in our purpose built facilities the course will cover subjects such as:

    • Live Sound Recording & Sound Reinforcement
    • Music Rehearsal and Performance Techniques
    • Music Sequencing & Production
    • Studio Recording & Mixing
    • Planning for a Career in Music.

    The course is the equivalent to 3 A Levels and you will undertake a number of creative production projects and practical exercises. Some assignment work is externally assessed through the completion of timed assessment under controlled conditions. 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.

  • 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.

    Study on a course that has excellent pass rates. We achieved a grade 2 ALPS which puts us in the top 10% nationally in Music Technology. 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; Develop skills in live sound using high quality speaker and outboard equipment; Develop sequencing skills 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.

    Studying at Level 3 is a hard and a rewarding thing to do. If you put time and effort in you will be rewarded with an enriching experience that will set you up for a career in the music industry or further studies at University or on our very own HND Music Production. Working to deadlines is part and parcel of working in the music industry and your work on the course will be no different.

    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:

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!

Ollie Davies

Ollie Davies

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music Technology
Previous Institution: 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.

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Career Options

  • Musicians

    Up to £37,000

  • Other skilled trades n.e.c.

    Up to £15,000


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