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Start date: 27/08/2018 - SGS Stroud
End date: 31/07/2019
Duration: 1 Year
Course length: 1 year
Qualifications: Level 2 Diploma
Code: 78017
Cost: N/A

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Level 2 Award & Diploma in Music Technology

Full time course


This course is not only an ideal pathway to the Level 3 Music Technology course, but is a great stand-alone introduction to music and music technology. The aim of this course is to provide you with a variety of skills, ranging from how to use a music studio and software to music theory and composition as well as encouraging learners to learn to play at least one musical instrument.

What will I study?

The course contains modules focusing on: creating your own music using a Digital Audio Workstation, performance and musicianship, the music industry, music theory, improvisation and composition. You will be taught to use a range of professional software, including Logic Pro X, Cubase and Presonus Studio One, as well as being shown how to set up and operate the recording studio.

Maths & English

A key requirement to obtaining many jobs is achieving a good standard of English and Maths. Learners that do not yet have a GCSE grade C in these subjects will be enrolled on either GCSE or Functional Skills programmes alongside their main study programme.


This course will provide you with the skills relevant to the music industry and will hone your skills to approach the next step of your career.

Work experience

You will work alongside industry professionals who will give you an insight into the industry. You will end the course by performing in a professional setting at the acclaimed end of year music show. Students are encouraged to source a weeks worth experience with local creative companies, which can be supported by tutors. There are opportunites to work as part of a team organising and performing at college events and students are encouraged to gain as much performance experience as possible.

What do I need to join?

Four GCSEs at grade 3 (grade D) or above, ideally including English and maths, or an alternative Level 1 qualification in a relevant subject. As this is both a creative and technical course, we would also like you to prepare an audition/show, or a portfolio of work, for your interview.

How long is the course?

1 year.

How will I learn?

The lessons will include practical workshops focused on playing musical instruments, hands-on use of the studio and recording desk as well as learning how to use the latest computer recording software. There will also be traditional lecture style elements, which will include listening sessions, music theory and composition.

How will I know how I am doing?

Throughout the course, you will create a portfolio of work, including compositions, recordings, and projects as well as some essays and traditional written work, to accompany some of the more practical elements. The tutor will give regular feedback on the level you are currently working at and which areas you can improve to push for the highest grades possible.

Are there any extra costs?

Materials fees and educational visits are extra. Financial support is available in certain circumstances.

What can I do next?

As well as using your newly developed music skills to play, compose, produce and record music, you will be ideally placed on the Level 3 Music Technology course which is an ideal gateway to both higher education and working in the music industry.

What are my career options?

There are many different opportunities within the music industry. Many of our students progress to obtain recording contracts, become booking agents or go in to artist management. Live performer, session musician, studio engineer, stage crew, events promotion.


 Stroud Campus

This course is currently being advertised in our 17/18 prospectus to run at our WISE campus in September. Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances it will not be running and is only available at Stroud campus.

Dates & Costs

Level 2 Award & Diploma in Music Technology

Start date: 27/08/2018
End date: 31/07/2019
Duration: 1 Year
Course length: 1 year
Time(s): tbc
Qualifications: Level 2 Diploma
Code: 78017
Advanced Learner Loans
If you are aged 19 and over you can apply for a new Advanced Learning Loan for this course. Read more.


Tuition Fees

Between the ages of 16-18 you do not need to pay tuition or exam fees for your course. If you are between the ages of 19 and 23 and have not achieved a full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification before, you will not need to pay tuition, exam or material fees using the Level 2 or 3 Entitlement. If you are aged 19 or over, studying a Level 3-6 and a Level 3 Entitlement does not apply, you will need to pay the full cost of the course. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with the fees. Please contact the College directly for the most up to date fees – these may be subject to change.

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