Sixth Form Music Technology

Subject Title: BTEC Music Technology

Level : 3

BTEC or AS/ A2 levels: BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Music Technology

Grade ranges: Distinction*, Distinction, Merit, Pass

Exam Board: Pearson

Method of assessment: Mandatory Content 58%, External Assessment 33%

Length of course: 2 years

Information about the course to include units covered

Students demonstrate their skills and knowledge in a real-life scenario they are likely to encounter in the workplace. This course covers a wide range of areas including; recording techniques, live sound, computer based audio production, music and sound for media, remixing and also music technology for performance.

Ten Units are covered in total with five mandatory…

Mandatory Units

  • Live Sound
  • Studio Recording Techniques
  • Music and Sound for Media
  • Music and Sound for Media (externally assessed)
  • DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) Producation (externally assessed)

Optional Units (x5)

  • Creative Synthesis and Sampling
  • Remixing and Reworking
  • Mixing and Mastering Techniques
  • Music Investigation
  • Music Technology and Musicianship
  • Working an Developing as a Production Team

Entry requirements: BTEC Performing Arts, GCSE Music or demonstration of performance ability on a chosen instrument (including voice).

Possible exit routes: BTEC Nationals have been developed in consultation with industry and appropriate sector bodies to ensure that the qualification content and approach to assessment aligns closely to the needs of employers. Where they exist, and are appropriate, National Occupational Standards (NOS) and professional body standards have been used to establish unit content.

Transferable Skills:

  • Cognitive and Problem-Solving Skills: Use critical thinking, Approach non-routine problems applying expert and creative solutions, Use systems and technology
  • Intrapersonal Skills: Communicating, Working collaboratively, Negotiating and influencing, Self-presentation
  • Interpersonal Skills: Self-management, Adaptability and resilience, Self monitoring and development.

The transferable skills that universities value include:

  • Ability to learn independently
  • Ability to research actively and methodically
  • To be able to give presentations and be active group members.
  • Effective writing
  • Analytical skills
  • Creative development and performance skills
  • Preparation for Assessment Methods used in Degrees

Subject Title: RSL Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma for Music Practitioners (Music Technology)

A Level equivalency: 1.5


How will this course be assessed? 6 internally assessed units over two years with internal and external verification for each unit. There is no option to achieve a grade after one year.


Units to be covered:

Unit 353: Music Event Management

Unit 349: Planning for a Career in Music

Unit 325: Development of Music Technology

Unit 372: Studio Audio Mastering

Unit 388: Live Sound Recording and Sound

Unit 320: Music Dissertation


Course outline:

During Year 12, you will be taking 3 units for this qualification, Unit 353, 349 and 325. Unit 349 is an externally assessed unit.

Each unit involves coursework, and is graded similar with the BTEC grading system where you will be awarded either Pass, Merit or Distinction. The units will be taught with workshops, educational visits and self-directed learning time, with six hours a week in total. All units will have written assignment briefs to guide you through your tasks and show you the grading criteria.

In Year 13 you will take a further 3 units, Units 372, 388 and 320. Unit 320. In unit 320 ‘Music Dissertation’ you will produce a project which objectively answers a chosen music related question. The purpose of this unit is to develop a your ability to present a debate on a specific music concept through a dissertation style report.