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National Extended Certificates in Music Technology (Sound Engineering)

The Creative and Media Studio School

Rawthorpe Terrace, Huddersfield, Yorkshire, HD5 9NY

GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Level 3
Arts, Media and Publishing

Course Summary

Music is everywhere in our society, whether on TV, Film or the Internet. It’s an ever evolving art form that adds colour and interest to everyday life. Without the next generation of young musicians’ the industry stands still.

The Music Industry is an ever growing sector with traditional music making, technological developments in the recording industry and the impact of music to complement daily life; Young musicians are a key asset to the continued success of this industry.

Music also provides a unique set of skills, which are acknowledged to be excellent preparation for a range of disciplines, careers and vocations. Music is recognised by both educational institutes and employers because of the invaluable skills that it teaches you, such as teamwork, self-discipline, commitment, perseverance and confidence to name a few.

Course Details

There are two mandatory units, which cover the following aspects of sound engineering:

• studio recording techniques

• digital audio workstation (DAW) production.

Learners will be able to add three optional units.

These have been designed to support their progression to a range of employment opportunities in sound engineering, and to a range of higher education courses.

Optional units will introduce you to sector specialist areas of their choice, including working in particular environments, and link with relevant technical roles. The optional units cover areas such as:

• live sound

• mixing and mastering techniques

• studio design and acoustics

• working and developing as a production team.

How will it be delivered?

There are two mandatory units, which cover the following aspects of sound engineering:

• studio recording techniques (Internally assessed assignment)

• digital audio workstation (DAW) production. (Externally assessed)

-Task set by Pearson.

-Supervised assessment period of 15 hours over a two-week period timetabled by Pearson.

-Completed on a computer, with submission of digital folder to Pearson.

Entry requirements

Minimum grade 4 in Maths and English along with a minimum of grade 4 in music.

Your next steps...

This qualification will prepare learners for direct employment in the sound engineering sector and is suitable for those wanting to work in entry-level roles such as:

• live music assistant

• assistant sound engineer

• audiovisual technician/broadcast assistant.

Additional information

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