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Course Code: SFVPA099

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.

Open your eyes and ears to what can be achieved with sound and develop your practical skills in recording and music production.

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.

If you have not already achieved a grade 4-9 in English and/or maths, you will get the chance to re-sit these vital GCSEs alongside your chosen study programme.

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 facilities. 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 contains a number of mandatory and specialist units. You will be assessed continually throughout the course as you complete each task within a unit of study. Tasks vary and include practical work, written reports and presentations.

This nationally recognised qualification (equivalent to 3 A Levels) is ideal for those wishing to progress to university in a related subject or to employment in a wide range of prospective careers for example, sound engineer, record 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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