Audio and Music Technology – BTEC Level 3

Brand new for 2016 is our exciting Audio and Music Technology course.

Taking the highlights from our hugely popular BTEC Level 3 Studio and Live and BTEC Level 3 Urban and Electronic courses, this practical programme teaches expertise in a range of areas – such as DJ-ing and music production. Taking you through all the steps of production, from laying down your original sounds to mixing, mastering and marketing your final productions. You’ll also gain vital inside information about how the music industry works enabling you to get a head-start towards your chosen career.

The new Audio and Music Technology course will lay the essential foundations for a career in the music industry or progression into Higher Education, for example onto Confetti’s FdSc in Audio and Music Technology.

Entry requirements and course duration

Duration: 2 years

Entry requirements:

  • 5 GCSEs grade 9-4 (A*-C) including English and maths
  • An appreciation of and passion for the subject with a level of practical experience and/or a Level 2 qualification in the subject area

Industry Week

As a Confetti student, you will also take part in Confetti’s Industry Week where you’ll meet a range of professionals within your field of interest, as well as other areas of the creative industries.

What you’ll study

Term 1- Introduction to Audio and Music Technology

During the first term of the Audio and Music Technology course you will be introduced to the recording studio and you’ll learn about the different equipment that is used to record and mix music. You will also be introduced to music sequencing software and will learn essential keyboard and composition skills. You will also begin to investigate the different roles and businesses that operate in the music industry and start plotting your own route to you chosen career.

Term 2 - Music Production Techniques

You will continue to develop your music production skills and will compose original music and undertake a remix project to create your own EP. You will also participate in your first real recording project in the studio and record and mix a range of recording artists. You will continue to investigate the music industry examining how industry professionals get paid to do the job they love.

Term 3 - Sampling and Synthesis

During the final term of the first year of the Audio and Music Technology course, you will begin to look at more advanced music production techniques and learn how to sample audio and synthesise your own original sounds. You will explore current trends in the music industry – investigating how people purchase music and how the music industry reacts to the ever changing economic and technological landscape.

Term 4 - Audio and Music Technology in Live Performance

During this term you will discover how music technology is used in live performance. You will develop, produce and perform your own live show or DJ set and find out about the key milestones that have influenced modern music. You will also record and produce your own radio shows and podcasts, both are essential ways of promoting your own music and getting your music heard by a wider audience.

Term 5 - Major Studio Project

During this term you will work as a team in the recording studio to plan and produce your own recording sessions. Working to a budget you will be responsible for booking your own equipment, artists and recording and mixing down your final tracks. You will also be introduced to how sound is used in films and the techniques used to create film soundtracks.

Term 6 - Event Promotion and Mastering

The final term is all about you. You will organise your own end of course gigs and club nights and learn about music event promotion. You will also design your own website and learn how to utilise social networking channels to promote yourself or your band.  You will also learn about mastering and the techniques that are used to create a final audio product, ready for distribution.