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Digital Technology and Computing

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Explore a wide range of music technology and production topics. Develop visual, technical and practical skills that enable progression onto further study or into employment within the music industry.

This course is designed for students who want to work in the music or music technology industry. Students with no prior knowledge of the subject, get an introduction to the practical and theoretical elements of music and music technology. Students with some previous experience or knowledge have the opportunity to develop with professional resources and equipment. Students make music with computers, record and compose music both individually and in groups.

In addition, students learn about the music business, composing and sound recording, sequencing, microphone techniques and complete a production project.

Units covered may include the following:

  • Exploring the music profession
  • Composition
  • Recording
  • Development of music
  • Exploring computer systems
  • Computer music production.

Students also complete a skills project which builds confidence and employability skills, as well as covering subjects such as equality and safeguarding which are designed to broaden the knowledge of these subjects and help with employment potential.

Entry Requirements

Five GSCE passes at grade 3 (D) or above, preferably to include Maths and English, or an equivalent vocational qualification at merit grade, and Functional Skills Maths and English, preferably at Level 1.

Students who have not yet achieved a grade 4 in GSCE Maths and English, study Functional Skills or GCSE Maths and English as part of their course.


Students need to be able to follow instructions, work as part of a team and be prepared to complete work outside of normal course hours, some of which will be in the evening.


NCFE Technical Award in Music Technology (VRQ)


Students are assessed through a combination of assignments, practical work, projects and tests set by the course team. Students produce a portfolio of work which is assessed against the grading criteria for the units. Assignments set have an agreed hand-in date that needs to be met in order to meet the awarding body guidelines. Some units may also include externally marked assessment material.

Home Study

Students are expected to spend additional study hours in the Learning Resource Centre in order to successfully complete this programme. Students also need to complete research and homework on a regular basis in order to build up knowledge and confidence within the media industry. It is expected that students will spend approximately 6-10 hours a week on course work outside of normal class time.

Work Placement

Students are expected to complete some work experience. This helps students understand the types of roles available in industry and the skills required to gain employment in the sector.


Successful learners may progress on to Level 3 Music Technology Subsidiary Diploma, or find employment or an apprenticeship within the music industry.

Fees and Additional Costs

Students are offered the opportunity to visit exhibitions and shows or to attend location sites and these may require students to pay entrance fees and coach costs. Students may also benefit from purchasing text books, the details of these books will be discussed during induction when the latest edition of books will be recommended.

Additional Information

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