Level 3 Music Production & Technology

The Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music Production & Technology is a highly popular, industry-lead course, which offers learners the opportunity to develop the creative skills and knowledge to define a career in the ever-expanding fields of the music industry.


Learners study under the close guidance of staff, many of whom have years of production and recording experience and still maintain direct links to the industry. Learners are encouraged to use the studios and production suites for as many hours as it is possible for both course work and personal projects.


The course, which is not specific to any particular genre, is aimed at learners of all ages and levels of experience that have an interest or background in music production, composition, studio recording and live sound. Using state-of-the-art equipment, learners are given many opportunities to learn, experience and practise all the skills that are fundamental to their exciting career path. Learners are encouraged to listen and develop production knowledge across a broad spectrum of music.


During your time with us you will study across our 3 iMac Music Production Suites and two professional Digital Recording Studios. We are an approved Steinberg Training Centre and are able to offer a wide variety of resources from industry standard manufacturers such as; Apple, Steinberg, Native Instruments, EMU, Korg, Yamaha and Tascam.

  • What will be studied

    A wide range of units will be studied over the 2 years, including:

    Music Sequencing & Composition

    Music Production & Remixing

    Digital Recording & Production

    Analogue & Digital Synthesis

    Studio Sound Recording & Mixing

    Audio Mastering

    Using Dynamic Processors & Multi Effects

    Using EQ & Filters

    Planning for a Career in Music

    Music Business

    Live Sound


  • What are the entry requirements?

    5 GCSEs at grade 4 (formerly grade C) or above, which should ideally include English and Maths, alternatively completion of a Level 2 qualification in the subject area, with an overall Merit profile. A passion for the subject and the potential to work independently and with others, is essential. You will need to attend an interview and an audition or present a portfolio of work appropriate to the subject area. During this process, individual circumstances where learners do not fully meet the entry requirements may be considered.

  • Where does this course lead to?

    Many of our learners progress on to our HND in Creative Music Technology or onto other University courses.

  • What qualifications will be gained?

    Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma for Music Practitioners (1 Year)

    Progression to year 2 is dependent on successful completion of year 1

    Level 3 Extended Diploma for Music Practitioners (2 Year)

  • How will this course be delivered?

    The course is run across 3 days. 

  • How will I be assessed?

    There is a strong emphasis on practical work. A large number of the units are assessed practically with elements of written essays, reports, presentations and 1-2-1 tutor assessments. In addition to this there are internal and externally assessed units set by the awarding body

  • How to get a place?

    Apply online or contact the course tutor Jay Garratt directly jgarratt@kidderminster.ac.uk

  • Other Information:

    No specific course requirements other than personal digital storage devices

    If applied, any fees will be subject to individual circumstance

  • Exam Board:

    Course related careers include:

    • Recording Engineer
    • Live Sound Engineer
    • Music Producer
    • Music Composer
    • Sound Designer
    • Record Label Management
    • Artist Management


Start Date : Sep-18 End Date : Aug-20 Fee : N/A
Day : Monday Time : N/A Fee Description : N/A Duration : 2 Years
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