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Course Code: NFVPA099

Course Level: Level 3

Study Mode: Full-Time

Course Type: Vocational Courses

Course overview

Start your journey into the exciting and dynamic world of music creation and audio engineering.

Delve into the art of sound recording, mixing and mastering, using industry-standard software and equipment. From studio sessions to live sound engineering, students gain hands-on experience in every aspect of music production. With guidance from experienced professionals, students emerge ready to pursue careers as music producers, sound engineers, or audio technicians, shaping the sound of tomorrow's music industry.

On this exciting, creative and hands-on course you will develop skills in sound recording and music production, digital music composition, sequencing, live sound, events management and much more. You will also develop essential listening skills and discover how to carve a career in the music industry.

You will explore your interests and career aspirations, creating individual and collaborative projects related to your specialisms, guided by our team of professional industry staff in our state-of-the-art facilities using hardware and software that can be found in specialised recording studios.

The Extended Diploma in Music Production, equivalent to three A Levels, is a practical route towards a career in music and sound production and is designed to equip you with the skills needed to progress in this ever-changing and dynamic industry.

Your study programme will incorporate a range of work related experience activities to ensure that you have the breadth of skills required to progress to further into either higher education, internship, an apprenticeship or employment.

You will need a minimum of four or more high grades at GCSE in subjects relevant to the course you’d like to study, including maths and/or English Language at grade 4 or above. Alternatively, you’ll need a Level 2 Diploma with overall Merit in a relevant subject and maths and English at appropriate levels. 

You will be invited to interview/ audition where you will have the opportunity to meet the department and be shown the outstanding facilities at the Performing Arts Centre. You will be asked questions about your interests, and where applicable your compositions and allow you the opportunity to tell us all about your passion for the subject.

Maths and English

Alongside your course you will study Maths and/or English to improve your skills in these vital subjects by attending structured weekly sessions as part of your timetable. Maths and English development is also integrated in practical assignments.

The course is internally assessed through practical projects and supporting documentation. Tasks vary and include hands on coursework accompanied by online content (such as vlogs, podcasts, blogs), reports and presentations. Our curriculum is designed so that you continually revisit your approaches to making and understanding music, refining your skills, adding complexity and exploring new contexts in order to produce a portfolio of work that mirrors the current demands of the Music Industry.

This nationally recognised qualification (equivalent to 3 A Levels) is ideal for those wishing to progress to university in a related subject or the Level 4 Higher National Certificate Music course at NSCG. Opportunities following the course also include employment in a wide range of prospective careers for example, sound engineer, producer, music management or music composer.

This course is free for anyone aged 16 – 18. If you are outside this age group, please contact Charlotte Robertson on 01782 254141 or email

College Maintenance Allowance (CMA): Anyone with a household income under £26,000 can receive up to £20 per week financial support to help pay for travel and meals and meet the costs of essential trips, books, stationery and equipment. The payments will be subject to full attendance on your course. A range of other financial support is available, depending on your personal circumstances. For more details visit


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