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Music: Key Stage 5

Key features of the specification

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Music Technology - Sound Engineering

Embracing new technology

Music technology, like other forms of technology, advances rapidly. This Music Technology specification focusing on sound engineering provides opportunities to embrace recent developments in the field.

Emphasis on a wide range of practical work

This Music Technology specification involves much practical work and encourages the cultivation of a wide range of skills. Learners will have opportunities to: sequence MIDI, sequence audio, record live instruments, produce CDs and undertake various sound engineering tasks using music technology through completing the following programme of study.

Unit 1 Live Sound; Unit 2 Studio Recording Techniques; Unit 6 DAW Production; Unit 13 Mixing and Mastering Techniques; Unit 18 Working and Developing as a Production Team

Understanding technical processes and principles

Learners will have opportunities to build understanding of the technical processes and principles that underpin effective use of music technology, and comment on it in writing.

Progression to higher education (HE) and a career

There are many important opportunities in higher education, and many career possibilities for those proficient in handling music technology. This Music Technology BTEC Level 3 National qualification will provide valuable experience and preparation for students aiming for HE in the subject.

Music technology careers could include work as a sound engineer, record producer or teacher.

Why choose this specification?

Music technology plays a key role in music across the world. This qualification is designed to open up a range of exciting and useful tasks to a wide candidature, and to encourage learners to learn about the subject. Learners are encouraged to explore their musicality and creativity using technology.