BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma/Certificate in Music (Technology)


The Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma/Certificate course is made up of six units. The core unit in Studio Production, forms part of a major project and culminates in students producing an industry standard album. The course is equivalent to one AS/A Level so students are expected to take it with two or three other Level 3 courses. When students finish the course they can choose whether to get a job straight away or go into Higher Education first.

Students go into careers such as Music Management, Teaching, Performance and Production.


Students could take this course to prepare for degree courses in Music or more general higher education courses, as the course offers skills that are useful in lots of subjects. With further training students could go into a job directly related to Music such as a Sound Engineer, Audio Technician, Musician, Music Therapist or Teacher of Music. The course will also help students develop the skills, understanding and knowledge for entering today's workforce across many industries. 

Course Content

The Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma/Certificate course is made up of six units: music production techniques, sequencing, systems and techniques, live sound techniques, sound creation and manipulation and back line technical management.

The core unit in studio production forms part of a major project and culminates in students producing an industry standard album. 


Educational Experiences

Course Specific Trips, Visits & Experiences

The Department organises a variety of trips which include visits to: Perfomance Showcases, SoundExpo Show, and presentations by guest speakers and performers from the industry.

Students have an opportunity to support the Music Performance students by managing the technical aspects of their performance at two music venues outside College.


The course is assessed by 100% coursework, including portfolios, journals, audio and video evidence, presentations, accounts and evaluations.

The exam board for the course is Pearson BTEC.

Entry Requirements

4 grade A* - C at GCSE plus English minimum grade D and Maths minimum grade E or equivalent qualifications (a Merit or higher at BTEC Level 2 in the same subject is accepted as part of the 4 A* - C GCSEs).

In addition to the general entry requirements for this subject, students should have previous experience of making or producing music and a passion for the music creation process. They should also have basic keyboard skills, which will help with the MIDI-sequencing, which is an integral part of the studio production process.

Students will be asked to bring examples of music they have produced or recorded to their interview.

How to Apply

Applications for entry September 2017

The application form for the academic year 2017-2018 is available to download here.

Students should return their completed forms directly to Coulsdon College, NOT their schools. All applications will be considered according to the College's Admissions Policy Admissions Policy.

Please see the Admissions timetable for information about the College’s enrolment process.

Download Course Leaflet

Download the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma/Certificate in Music (Technology) information leaflet.

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