Course Details

  • On this one-year course, you’ll learn about sound recording, creative synthesis and sampling and mixing and mastering techniques. Working alongside industry experts you will develop your own creative projects and gain first hand understanding of a wide range of skills and techniques and also learn how the music industry functions and operates.

    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 and will spend time studying at the iconic Manchester venue, Band on the Wall.

  • Once you apply, we will invite you to come and meet us for an interview to make sure that you are suitable for the course.

    If you have successfully completed the Level 2 Certificate Music Technology, this 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 which will be assessed by your tutor. There are also two externally assessed units on DAW Production and Music Technology in Context. For these units you will work to a brief set by the exam board and your work will be assessed by an external examiner.

  • Experience gained throughout the qualification will help you progress to Higher Education such as the BA (Hons) Creative Music Professions at The Manchester College or gain successful employment as a sound engineer, composer, producer or promoter.

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  • 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 £5,421 via an Advanced Learner Loan.

    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.

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  • 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.

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