Music Technology: BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Music Technology

Arts, Media and Publishing

Arts, Media and Publishing
Arts, Media and Publishing

What will you be working towards?

Code F13
Qualification Type National Extended Certificate (BTEC)
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


This programme of study provides the knowledge, understanding and skills that underpin the role of the music technician. You will study five units, which include the following topics: studio recording techniques, Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) production, live sound and sound for media. The units are designed to support progression to relevant occupational areas, and to a range of sector-related courses in higher education. In taking this qualification you will have a significant amount of meaningful engagement with sector employers as part of your course, for example, through work experience in the sector and through attending lectures from visiting employers. 


This course comprises ten units, five of which are mandatory and two of which are assessed externally:

Title Live Sound

Weighting 17%

Unit Unit 1 (O)

Title Studio Recording Techniques

Weighting 17%

Unit Unit 2 (M) 

Title Digital Audio Workstation Production

Weighting 33%

Unit Unit 6 (M)

Title Mixing and Mastering Techniques

Weighting 17%

Unit Unit 13(O)

Title Studio Design and Acoustics

Weighting 17%

Assessment Assignment – set and assessed internally

Unit Unit 14(O)

Title Working and Developing as a Production


Weighting 17%

Unit Unity 18(O) 

How will it be delivered?

Assignment set and assessed internally (8.5%)

Assignment set and assessed internally (8.5%)

Assignment set and assessed internally (8.5%)

Assignment set and assessed externally (17%)

Assignment set and assessed external

Entry requirements

GCSE at Grade 5+ or BTEC/NCFE at Merit+ in a music related discipline, as well as 4+ in GCSE English and 5+ in GCSE Core and Additional Science. Candidates without a Level 2 qualification in a music related discipline will be considered through interview.

Your next steps...

The main purpose of this qualification is to prepare you for working in the music technology sector, particularly as musicians, arts officers, producers and directors, photographers and audiovisual and broadcasting equipment operators. With this qualification you could find employment as studio assistant, or sound designer.