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Pearson has developed the content of the new BTEC Nationals in collaboration with employers and representatives from higher education and relevant professional bodies. In this way, we have ensured that content is up to date and that it includes the knowledge, understanding, skills and attributes required in the sector. Each qualification in the suite has its own purpose. The mandatory content provides a balance of breadth and depth ensuring that all learners have a strong basis for developing technical skills required in the sector. Learners are then offered the opportunity to develop a range of technical skills and attributes expected by employers with some opportunity to select between optional units where a degree of choice for individual learners to study content relevant to their own progression choices is appropriate. It is expected that learners will apply their learning in relevant employment and sector contexts during delivery and have opportunities to engage meaningfully with employers. The proportion of mandatory content ensures that all learners are following a coherent programme of study and acquiring the knowledge, understanding and skills that will be recognised and valued. 

The main purpose of this qualification is to prepare learners for working in the music technology sector, particularly as musicians, arts officers, producers and directors, photographers and audiovisual and broadcasting equipment operators. This qualification enables learners to develop a core of knowledge around the music technology industry and the use of recording and technical equipment. It provides the breadth and practical application of music technology learning which will prepare learners for a number of job roles in the sector, either in its own right or when taken alongside an additional complementary qualification. Learners with this qualification could progress to the following job roles: • studio assistant • assistant sound designer • trainee sound engineer. Learners who have taken additional Level 3 qualifications could progress to a wider range of roles, such as: • digital performance artist if taken with BTEC National Extended Certificate in Performing Arts • broadcasting agent, music publishing or arts administration if taken alongside an A Level in Business or BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Business • technical engineer if taken alongside an A Level in Business or BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Engineering.


 Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Music Technology

Unit number / Unit title / GLH Type / How assessed

units group A – learners complete and achieve all units 
2 Studio Recording Techniques 60 Mandatory Internal
5 Music Technology in Context 120 Mandatory External
6 DAW Production 120 Mandatory and Synoptic External

Mandatory units group B – 
learners complete all units 
1   Live Sound 60 Mandatory Internal
3   Music and Sound for Media 60 Mandatory Internal

Optional units
group C – learners complete 5 units
8 Creative Synthesis and Sampling 60 Optional Internal
10 Remixing and Reworking 60 Optional Internal
12 Music Technology in Performance 60 Optional Internal
13 Mixing and Mastering Techniques 60 Optional Internal
15 Music Investigation 60 Optional Internal
17 Music Technology and Musicianship 60 Optional Internal
18 Working and Developing as a Production team 60 Optional Internal

Extra  units 
20 Music theory   (ABRSM/LCM) 
21 Piano (ABRSM/LCM)



  • Studio Sound Engineer
  • Mix Engineer
  • Live Sound Assistant
  • Studio Assistant
  • Production Assistant
  • Audio Post Production Engineer
  • Mastering Engineer
  • Music and Dialogue Editor

Basic Entry Requirements

    • Computer literacy.
    • Adequate hearing abilities & adequately sighted.
    •  Must be proficient in written and spoken English.

Other requirements

  • Notebook
  • A pair of headphones/earphone
  • Laptop 

Award Certificate in Music Production 

Kes: 210,000 (42,000 kes per semester)

Duration: 5 Semesters  (3 months each)



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