BTEC Music TechnologyThis course enables students to develop the skills needed to work within the sound and music industry and prepare for university courses in music technology related subjects.
About the Course
This qualification is designed for students who want a strong core of music technology study. This programme may include other BTEC Nationals or A Levels to support progression either directly to employment in the music technology sector or to higher education courses in music technology. This qualification can also be used to progress to employment in this sector. It is of two year duration.
It is equivalent in size to two A Levels. Students study 10 units of which 5 are mandatory and 2 are external. The Mandatory units account for content (58%). External assessment is (33%). The content of this qualification has been developed in close consultation with employers and professional bodies to confirm that the content is appropriate for those interested in working in the sector. In addition, academics have been consulted to ensure that the qualification supports progression to higher education.
In each unit, learners will also develop a range of transferable skills, for example communication, independent learning, teamwork, analysis and evaluation. Employers specifically look for these skills and behaviours to complement technical knowledge and skills, and so they will provide an advantage when learners progress to the workplace.
The content of the qualification meets the knowledge, understanding and skills that underpin the role of the music technician. Students will study 5 mandatory units, which include the following topics:
• Studio recording techniques
• Digital Audio Workstation(DAW) Production
• Live Sound
• Music and Sound for Media.
Students choose, in close consultation with their teacher, 5 optional units, designed to support progression to relevant occupational areas, and to a range of sector-related courses in higher education. They cover content areas such as:
• Creative Synthesis and Sampling
• Music Technology in Performance
• Mixing and Mastering Techniques
• Working and Developing as a Production Team
Students are taught by specialist tutors and are assessed through internal and external coursework and vocationally relevant lessons that incorporate demonstrations, micro-teaching and tutor guided support. Delivery methods will include practical workshop sessions, classroom-based theory sessions, self-directed Independent Learning using resources on the online Moodle (Virtual Learning Environment) and in-house master classes delivered by visiting industry professionals. There will also be opportunities to obtain a valuable insight into the music profession through visits to areas of the music industry, gaining knowledge, skills and advice from professionals.
Exam Board: Pearson
How is the course assessed?
Assessment includes a range of assessment types and styles suited to vocational qualifications in the sector. There are three main forms of assessment that you need to be aware of: external, internal and synoptic.
Each external assessment for a BTEC National is linked to a specific unit. All of the units developed for external assessment allow students to demonstrate breadth and depth of achievement. Each assessment is taken under specified conditions, then marked by the examination board and a grade awarded. Students must achieve all external units at “pass” grade or above. Students are permitted to re-sit any external assessment only once during their course.
The styles of external assessment used for qualifications in the music technology suite is:
• Set tasks–students take the assessment during a set period in the academic year and demonstrate understanding through completion of a vocational task.
Some external assessments include a period of preparation using set information. External assessments are available once or twice a year. For further information please speak to the BTEC Course Co-ordinator for Music Technology.
Most units on BTEC courses are internally assessed and subject to external standards verification. This means that your teacher will set and assess the assignments for each unit.
Students are assessed using a variety of styles to help them develop a broad range of transferable skills.
Synoptic assessment requires students to demonstrate that they can identify and use effectively, in an integrated way, an appropriate selection of skills, techniques, concepts, theories and knowledge from across the whole course as relevant to a key task. BTEC learning has always encouraged learners to apply their learning in realistic contexts using scenarios and realistic activities that will permit learners to draw on and apply their learning. For this course the examination board has formally identified units to be a focus for synoptic assessment. Synoptic units may be internally or externally assessed.
The course is graded using a scale of PP to D*D* (P is Pass, M is Merit, D is Distinction and D* is Distinction*).
What qualification do I gain?
The qualification is equivalent to two A-levels. Throughout the duration of the course students will develop a portfolio of work, music industry knowledge and the skills to assist them in finding employment within an area of the Music Industry or support an application for a higher education course at University.
English Language and Mathematics grade C or above is essential. GCSE Music or Level 2 equivalent and the ability to play an instrument are not essential but welcomed, as are ICT skills. All applicants will be interviewed.
Entry Requirements for International Students
To study BTEC, your current or pending exam results should be equivalent to or higher than GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) in at least 5 subjects and a minimum level of English equivalent to IELTS 5.0. At the start of each academic year of study students following a BTEC course without a pass at grade C in GCSE or IGCSE English Language or with an Academic English score below 6.5 overall must join an Academic English training course for the duration of the academic year which will be timetabled alongside BTEC lessons.
What can I do after the course?
Upon successful completion of the program, students may progress to a Degree, Foundation Degree or Higher National Diploma courses in music technology-related subjects or entry to the music industry workplace.
“I really enjoyed visiting DLD College and meeting the BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Music Technology students. As soon as I arrived, the tutor, Yiannis Christofides, gave me a warm welcome, which was also reflected by the college atmosphere. I had a great time chatting to the production students at DLD; most of them had prepared questions to ask me, and seemed to have a mature and understanding approach to the business of the music industry. It was an absolute pleasure to spend time with the students, their confidence, drive and enthusiasm was obvious from the start and they were truly inspiring.”
Jazz Mino, singer/songwriter
My visit to DLD was lovely. The students themselves seemed engaged and interested in what I had to say, asking questions where they felt it was necessary. All in all, it was a great experience, and I’d be happy to return to give further talks.
Nathalie Miranda, singer/songwriter
I visited DLD on several occasions for the planning and subsequent execution of a set of guest lectures for the BTEC Music Tech course. The modern standard and condition of their resources and equipment is impressive and made the experience a truly positive one. The program’s head lecturer, Yiannis Christofides, clearly cares about the progress and involvement of his students and ensured that the content and timing of my lectures would be most effective for the ongoing program and its curriculum. During the classes, the students engaged and showed interest beyond the usual expectations.
Martin Schulz, Sound for Audio-Visual Productions at Soundnode.com
“Yiannis Christophides invited me to put together and introduce the Assignment ‘Special Investigation’ for his Music B-Tec students at DLD. We discussed suitable themes for the assignment and agreed on new technologies in the music industry. The assignment was entitled ‘The New Music Industry – Sky’s the Limit or Lost in the Cloud?’I delivered the assignment on 1st November 2016, lots of the information I presented sparked discussion and debate and the session was very interactive and got the students thinking about new technologies in a way, perhaps they hadn’t done before.The students and staff at DLD were very welcoming to me and it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience!”
Sarah Campbell, Music Publishing/Licensing
“Students are focused and engaged. Staff are wonderful to work with”
Rachel Clark (Vocalist)
“Very professional and positive….welcoming and really nice atmosphere to work in”
Alex Monteleone (Guitarist)
“Probably one of the most welcoming jobs I have ever done, the staff were extremely accommodating…. and the students were fantastic. They engaged with me and questioned some of the things I talked about – which is what you want during a lecture – but I think they took on board what I was talking about and found some of my advice helpful. The music industry had better watch out as its new stars could be coming out of DLD London.”
Kylie Olsson, TV & Radio Presenter/Music Journalist/Author
Music tech helps me explore my musical interests without boundaries. Tutors create a friendly atmosphere which makes learning fun and more effective . Most of the teaching is one-to-one and we use the latest studio facilities.
Karolina Nevoina – DLD Student