MUSIC PRODUCTION COURSE

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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Age Requirements
All BCE courses are for learners aged 16-18 as of 31 August 2018.

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.

Level 1

This course is aimed at young people who want to pursue a career as a music producer, DJ or sound engineer through mixing, mastering, sound design and more. You will learn the business aspect needed to develop yourself as a freelance plus the knowledge and skills needed to be successful in this competitive industry.

What you will learn:

  • Understanding music theory
  • Introduction to music composition
  • Introduction to music sequencing and production
  • Music with technology
  • Careers in music
  • Introduction to keyboard skills
Course entry requirements:

Applicants must have 2 GCSEs or equivalent.

Course duration and start date:

The course will begin in September 2018 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

This course is aimed at young people who want to pursue a career as a music producer, DJ or sound engineer through mixing, mastering, sound design and more. You will learn the business aspect needed to develop yourself as a freelance plus the knowledge and skills needed to be successful in this competitive industry.

What you will learn:

  • Music sequencing and production
  • Digital recording and production
  • Music marketing and production
  • Remixing and production
  • Composing music
  • How the music industry works
  • Functional keyboard skills
Course entry requirements:

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

Course duration and start date:

The course will begin in September 2018 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

Level 3 
Can you compete with the artists? Do you see yourself as the new Ed Sheeran or Rihanna making music or writing the next smash hit? This course is designed for young people with a passion for music performance. In a competitive industry where the UK has many top artists this course will provide you with the skills and knowledge to compete with the best in all genres of music and develop your own authentic style. 

At the end of the course, you will leave LCI with a professional, digital show reel of your coursework. Your tutors will help you craft this essential tool to help you move to the next stage of your creative career or learning. 

What you will learn:  Year One:  

  • Principles of performance 
  • Engaging with an audience 
  • Introduction to professional practice 
  • Critical and contextual awareness  
  • Production skills and context 
  • Performance skills and context 
  • Preparation for specialist study 
  • Collaborative performance project 
  • Solo music performance 
  • Working and developing as a musical ensemble 
  • Music performance techniques 
  • Sound and music industry 
  • The music freelance world 
  • World music 
  • Marketing 
  • Music project AR 
  • Sequencing systems and techniques 

This course is included in the UCAS tariff and attracts the following points for each final grade as shown below.  

PASS-36 

MERIT- 60 

DISTINCTION-84 

 

Year Two: 

  • Developing performance and production skills 
  • Preparing for progression 
  • Exploration of specialist study and context 
  • Extended project 
  • 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 

 

This course is included in the UCAS tariff and attracts the following points for each final grade as shown below. 

PASS- 72 

MERIT- 120  

DISTINCTION-168 

The Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma in Music Performance & Production have been designed to provide students with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to progress to further study and training in a range of music performance and production disciplines. 

The qualification has been designed for students who have an interest in music performance and/or music production who wish to explore and extend this interest via a full-time, immersive learning experience. You will gain skills that will prepare you for higher education or employment upon completing the course. 

 

Course entry requirements:  Applicants must have 5 GCSEs at grade C or above (including English) or equivalent  
Course duration and start date:  The course will begin in September 2018 and lasts for two years. 
What qualification(s) will I receive 
  • UAL Level 3 Diploma in Music Performance & Production (1 year) 
  • UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music Performance & Production Diploma (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 you’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.