Course Details

  • On this one-year course, you’ll learn about sound recording and mixing, taking a look at both the theory behind it and how it works in practice, using a range of the latest music software, in our state-of-the-art studios.

    This practical knowledge will be underpinned with a solid theoretical base when you study acoustics and learn about the music industry and how to make money from your music. You will also learn about live sound operation in sessions at the iconic Manchester venue, Band on the Wall.

  • You don’t need to have any formal qualifications to enrol on this BTEC National Diploma in Music Technology, however we will invite you to come and meet us for an interview and you’ll be expected to show some prior engagement with and enthusiasm for music technology.

    If you have successfully completed the Level 2 Music Technology, that will be beneficial – but it’s not essential.

  • Much of this course will be focused on hands-on practical assessment, including live demonstrations, recording sessions, portfolio building and group work. There may also be some question and answer sessions with your tutor, and some written work.

  • Once you’ve completed this diploma, you’ll have the qualifications to continue onto a higher level course. A great next step would be to have a look at our HNC in Music Technology here at The Manchester College.

    Throughout these courses, you’ll be building up the necessary skills and experience to enjoy a successful, rewarding career in the creative industries, perhaps as a sound engineer or as an independent composer-producer. You can find out more about the huge range of career opportunities in the industry here. (Link to Careers)

    Careers page
  • The course is funded for learners under the age of 24 years who have not studied a level 3 qualification previously.

    For learners over 24-years or for those who already possess a Level 3 qualification, the cost is £5,800.

    There are a number of different finance and funding options available to help you fund your academic studies with The Manchester College. These range from bursaries and grants to special loans for tuition fees. You can find out more about them on our dedicated Fees, Funding and Finance Page. (link to relevant funding page).

    Fees, finance and funding page
  • Our course enquiries team are ready and waiting to answer any questions you might have, either about this course specifically or anything related to studying at The Manchester College.

    We’re happy to help you with questions about qualifications, the application process and fees and funding. Simply get in touch here. (Make an enquiry link)

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