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Music Production Courses

Why study Music Production?

Aimed at young people interested in composing music, learners also have the unique opportunity to develop their understanding of how the music industry works, receiving tutorials from producers and engineers. Recent guest facilitators include Producers and Engineers who have worked with artists such as Ed Sheeran, Lil Wayne, Krept and Konan, Leona Lewis, Emeli Sande and Skepta to name a few. We have also had producers for games such as Need for Speed and Grand Theft Auto lead workshops on their expertise.

You will study a range of topics such as Sequencing, Music Business, DJ Skills and Studio Engineering; with the opportunity to work with and remix tracks which have charted nationally.

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  • Course Information
    Please use the buttons below to view level specific course information.
  • Entry Level 3
    You will be introduced to basic music and performance skills, looking at your contribution within music performance and understanding the skills required to create good music.

    What you will learn:

    • Song writing
    • Singing/Rapping
    • Performance skills
    • DJ skills
    • Understanding Music Technology
    Course entry requirements:

    There are no formal qualifications required for this course.

    Course duration and start date:

    The course will begin in September 2017 and lasts for one year.
    What qualification(s) will I receive?

    • BTEC Entry Level 3 Extended Certificate in Vocational Studies
    • โ€ข NCFE Entry Level 3 Award in Investigating Enterprise Skills
    All learners will need to complete their Functional Skills qualifications in English and Maths alongside their programme.

    Progression Opportunities

    We would actively encourage you to progress onto our Level 1 Music and Performance programme. This will allow you to further develop your creative skills and continue to focus on your English and/or Maths.
  • Level 1
    This course is aimed at young people interested in vocal performance, rapping and singing. It will give you the opportunity to develop your writing and performance skills with experienced industry professionals. You will be building on your own personal and social development, and work towards setting targets and achieving goals. Through the Music and Performance skills course you will be exploring and practicing important skills and techniques.

    What you will learn:

    • Song writing
    • Singing/Rapping
    • Professional Recording sessions
    • Music Theory
    • Performance skills
    • Music Sequencing and Production
    • Using a DAW
    • Composing Music Ideas
    Course entry requirements:

    Applicants must have 2 GCSEs or equivalent.

    Course duration and start date:

    The course will begin in September 2017 and lasts for one year.
    What qualification(s) will I receive?

    • Rock School Level 1 Extended Certificate in Production
    • NCFE Level 1 Award in Developing Enterprise Skills
    Learners with a grade D in GCSE English and/or Maths will complete a GCSE re-sit alongside their course.

    Learners with a grade E or below in English and/or Maths will work towards achieving their Functional Skill qualification alongside their course.

    Progression Opportunities

    We would actively encourage you to progress onto one of our Level 2 programmes. This will allow you to further develop your creative skills and continue to focus on your English and/or Maths.
  • Level 2
    Gaining an insight into being a producer in todayโ€™s music industry, you will be introduced to the variety of job roles for a music producer and the knowledge and skills required to succeed. You will also receive essential music business knowledge exploring the industry structure and how it operates.

    What you will learn:

    • Composing Music
    • Music Style Development
    • How The Music Industry Works
    • Music Sequencing and Production
    Course entry requirements:

    3 GCSEs at grade D or above (including English) or equivalent

    Applicants who do not have a D in GCSE English must have Functional Skills English at Level 1.

    Course duration and start date:

    The course will begin in September 2017 and lasts for one year
    What qualification(s) will I receive?

    • Rock School Level 2 Extended Certificate for Music Practitioners
    • Rock School Level 2 Award for Music Practitioners

    Learners with a grade D in GCSE English and/or Maths will complete a GCSE re-sit alongside their course.

    Learners with a grade E or below in English and/or Maths will work towards achieving their Functional Skill qualification alongside their course.

    Progression Opportunities

    We would actively encourage you to progress onto one of our Level 3 programmes at Big Creative Academy. This will allow you to further develop your creative skills and continue to focus on your English and/or Maths.

    Alternatively, if you have five GCSEs at grade C or above (including English and Maths) then you can progress onto one of our BCE Apprenticeship programmes.

    You also have the option to progress into employment.
  • Level 3
    On this course you will learn all aspects of music production. You will study a range of topics, such as Sequencing, Music Business, DJ skills and Studio Engineering, this course will equip you with the skills required to be a valuable member of the music industry. Whether you are a performer or a producer, or someone with a passion for music, this course is designed to help you progress onto university, an apprenticeship or directly into the music industry.

    What you will learn:
    Year One:

    • Planning and Delivering a Music Product
    • Sound & Music Industry
    • DJ Skills
    • Functional Keyboard Skills
    • Music Production Techniques
    • Music Based Programming
    • Sequencing Systems & Techniques
    • Sound Creation & Manipulation
    • Music for Computer Games

    Year Two:

    • Listening Skills for Music Technologists
    • Studying Music From Around the World
    • Live Sound Techniques
    • Backline Technical Management
    • Music Project
    • Special Subject Investigation
    • Music Technology for Performance
    • Marketing and Promotion in the Music Industry

    Course entry requirements:

    5 GCSEs at grade C or above (including English) or equivalent

    Course duration and start date:

    The course will begin in September 2017 and lasts for two years.
    What qualification(s) will I receive?

    • BTEC Level 3 90-Credit Diploma in Music Technology (1 year)
    • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music Technology (2 years)

    Learners who already have GCSE English and Maths at grade C or above will also work towards the Bronze Arts Award (Enterprise Qualification).

    Learners with a grade D in GCSE English and/or Maths will complete a GCSE re-sit alongside their course.

    Learners with a grade E or below in Maths will work towards achieving their Functional Skill qualification alongside their course.

    Progression Opportunities

    If you are keen to move into employment but wish to continue training in the creative industries and have five GCSEs at grade C or above (including English and Maths), then you can progress onto one of our BCE Apprenticeship programmes

    Those of you who wish to continue your learning in an education environment, have the option to progress into Higher Education either at a University or studying for a HNC/HND programme.

    If you are not keen on continuing to study further, you can progress directly into employment.
  • Will I receive support throughout my course?
    At Big Creative Education, we pride ourselves on offering support to all of our young people throughout their programme.

    We have a number of learners who have a range of support needs from specific learning difficulties, or autistic spectrum disorders to mental health conditions, amongst others. If you currently have a valid Education and Health Care Plan or a Learning Difficulty Assessment (LDA), you will be entitled to government funded support from your local authority to ensure we help you achieve the best from your learning.

    If you wish to discuss any aspect of learning support, please do not hesitate to contact Lauren (Entry Level to Level 2) or Shayne (Level 3) on 020 8498 3300.

    For more information about the support we offer to learners please click here
  • How will I be taught and assessed?
    All of our courses are vocational which means they are designed to compliment learners with a visual and kinaesthetic learning style.

    As a result, you will be assessed via a range of both practical and written assignments.
  • What happens after I submit an Application?
    Once you have submitted your application online, you will be contacted via post and email with an interview appointment. Our interview evenings happen on a monthly basis so you will never wait more than 30 days for an appointment.

    Your interview is an opportunity for you to showcase and discuss your creative skill set with our industry professional tutors. We actively encourage applicants to attend their interviews with either a portfolio of work (if you have it) or an audition piece (if youโ€™re applying for Music Performance or Performing Arts).

    At the end of your interview you will receive a conditional offer for September subject to achieving the entry criteria. This will also be confirmed in writing so you have something to keep as a reminder.
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Age Requirements
All BCE courses are for learners aged 16-18 as of 31 August 2017.

However, if you have a learning difficulty and/or disability with a valid Education and Healthcare Plan, you can study with us up to the age of 25.

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