Music Production and Technology Level 3

This programme is designed to give you a solid base for work in the dynamic music industry as a creative music technician or allow progression to a higher level course.

The course focuses on technology as a tool for the creative musician. Much of the work involves original composition and production. Each project you complete is designed to be realistic to what you would expect in industry. Colchester Institute has three digital recording studios and a large computer music studio which are continually maintained and upgraded.

The emphasis of the Music Production and Technology Diploma is on practical skills and production and musical awareness underpinned by classroom tuition, academic work and a range of extra-curricular events including workshops and demonstrations. You will complete a number of workshops and demonstrations facilitated by current and ex-industry professionals supported by classroom sessions and extra-curricular activities including supporting community projects.

The assessment is project-based and is of a predominantly practical nature, underpinned by academic work. In addition to your main programme, you will also engage in activities to develop your English, maths and employability skills.

You will complete the 90 Credit Diploma in your first year and continue to the Extended Diploma in your second year.

***Applications for full-time courses to start in September 2022 are open now!***

We want to make sure you have the best chance of securing a place with us. All full-time applications received by 31st of January 2022 will be guaranteed a place at Colchester Institute, subject to you satisfying the published entry requirements. We still accept applications after this date but may not be able to guarantee you a place on your chosen programme.

Application for this course are made by the ‘Apply Online’ buttons located in the menu further down the page.

If you are looking to start, or are a parent/guardian of a learner looking to start in September 2022, then bookings for our popular January Open Events are also open.

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Course Content

Music Production and Technology Extended Diploma Level 3 Units include:

  • Sound Recording
  • Sequencing
  • Audio Engineering
  • Live Sound Operation and Acoustics.

As well as specialist units in music technology there are a number of units, such as Listening Skills and Music Theory, which are designed to facilitate students’ musical development.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs (grades A*-C / 9-4) including English, or satisfactory results in a relevant Level 2 qualification (Merit/Distinction), and an interview with a portfolio of relevant experience. Candidates are expected to be able to demonstrate some prior experience of either music software sequencing or sound recording. This could be a portfolio of tracks they have produced either on CD/DVD or online.

What Can I Do Next?

A career in music might focus on education, composing and arranging for film, television, studio engineering, live sound engineering, producing, management and administration or on a range of opportunities in the publishing and retail sectors. Progression to higher education courses in music technology or popular music, such as the Foundation Degree or BA (Hons) in Popular Music or the BA (Hons) in Film Music and Soundtrack Production at Colchester Institute.

Careers Advice and Guidance

The Careers Guidance team provides information, careers advice and guidance to students across all campuses. They offer confidential and impartial guidance interviews as well as a daily drop in service.They can provide help and support with a wide range of areas including:

  • Career choice
  • Progression Routes
  • Apprenticeships
  • Higher Education
  • Employability Skills

There is well a equipped Careers Centre containing information on careers and courses as well computer guidance software to help students choose and research suitable careers.

The careers guidance service has achieved the national quality award for the provision of Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance known as the Quality in Careers Standard. The service is also accredited by the matrix Quality Standard for information, Advice and Guidance.

For further careers advice and guidance and support please contact

How to make an Application – Watch our video guide!

We have also prepared a step-by-step video guide – please view this video which will guide you through the application process.

Music Production and Technology Level 3
Qualification: UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music Performance and Production
LevelLevel 3
DurationTwo Years: Year 1: Diploma | Year 2: Extended Diploma | Two Years: Extended Diploma
Study ModeFull-Time
CampusColchester Campus
Start DateSeptember 2022 - Applications open on 1st October 2021
Fee(s)16-18 year olds: Free
19+: £11,356


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