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BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Music Technology (90-Credit) (Year 1) West Herts College




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Music and sound shape our lives through TV and film, on the radio or in computer games. Equally diverse is the range of careers within this huge industry.

This practical, hands-on programme is specifically designed to provide a comprehensive introduction to the application of technology across many musical styles. As well as developing a thorough understanding of the music industry, you’ll be building skills across music, recording and computer applications to music.

What will I study?

Experienced lecturers and technicians will share their knowledge with you. You will spend lots of time in our purpose built sound studios, where you’ll study a vast array of topics including:

Basic keyboard skills - Complete pieces of music presented as sequencer tracks, produced using a variety of musical elements.

Understanding, creating and designing sounds - Develop material for performance using music technology.

The theory of sound - in-depth understanding of synthesis theory and its relationship to most synthesis types.

Using recording studios – develop recording techniques, understand equalisation and compression, monitor mixes and learn the professional practice in a recording studio.

Music production techniques - demonstrate use of production techniques to create music and learn creative solutions for problems during music development.

How to put on shows using live sound and PA equipment - study the technology and practice of live sound engineering and explore the types of work carried out by live sound engineers.

Sound for moving images – understand the suitability of sound for screen images and footage.

Visits to universities and trade shows will expand your awareness. You’ll be expected to develop your professional practice, liaising with local music providers and venues.


There will be opportunities to improve your English and maths and take part in GAP work placements to develop the skills employers are looking for.

What can I do next?

Options for further study include: HND Music at College, BA(Hons) Popular Music and Recording, HND Sound Recording or HND/BA Music Technology. You could be ready to find work straightaway as: a record producer or studio engineer; a sound engineer for radio stations or TV programmes; in technical support for live shows and large events. You could earn money from writing music or designing sound effects or you could work in music education.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Music Technology (90-Credit) (Year 1).

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees

Contact provider


09 Sep


Watford Campus

Hempstead Road,



WD17 3EZ, England

Entry requirement for international students

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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