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Music Production

Course Code: DBS5

Level: 2
Subject area: Performing Arts, Music & Live Events
Awarding body: NCFE
Qualification: Diploma
Course type: Full-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: One year

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About the course

Do you want to be a musician, music producer, studio engineer or DJ? This NCFE Music Production course at City College Plymouth is perfect if you need an introductory course to develop your music technology skills and knowledge. It provides the foundations of theory and practice within the industry, focusing on the development of the skills you will need to successfully work as a recording musician, studio engineer or DJ. If you are interested in music technology, recording and production, electronic music or sound engineering – then this study programme is for you. We aim to provide you with the flexibility and skills needed for success in the music industry. Many of our students go on to continue their music technology education on level 3 courses such as the BTEC Subsidiary/Extended Diploma in Music Technology and then on to higher education to specialise in sound and music production or live sound. This one year programme consists of two qualifications taught in bite-size chunks, meaning that you will gain qualifications as you progress rather than just at the end.

What you'll learn

The course aims to give you an insight into different areas of sound engineering and music technology, from studio production and live sound through to sound and music, to film and television. You will learn how to use start-of-the-art equipment that can be found in today’s audio industries, from microphones and mixing desks through to samplers and software.
Our amazing tutors will also develop your personal, business and management skills to give you everything you need to mark your mark on the music industry.
We pride ourselves on our supportive, inspiring and fun learning environment. So whilst we focus on building your technical knowhow and listening skills, you will also be encouraged to develop your own creativity and style.Subjects covered include:

  • Intro to music industry
  • Live radio project
  • Spec a computer
  • Radio documentary
  • Produce a music recording
  • DJ technology and performace
  • Functional skills.

Your individualised study programme will be made up of the following four areas:

  • the qualification you are studying
  • English and maths
  • work experience
  • other activities to develop your personal skills e.g. preparing you for employment, training or higher/further education.
Entry requirements

Typically, you will need four GCSEs at grades 3-1 (D-F) (including English and maths), however other qualifications and skills will be considered at interview.
You will need to have a willingness to engage and a genuine interest in the course that will enable you to progress into employment or further education.
Why not come along to an informal interview to discuss your learning goals? Bringing examples of your previous experiences, or giving us the opportunity to listen to some of your music in the interview would be very useful as well.


The course has continuous assessment, including projects and examinations. Functional skills will also be assessed.

What's next?

On successful completion of this course you will have achieved the level 1 Award in Music Technology, and the level 2 Diploma in Music, and may progress to:

  • a level 3 music course such as the Diploma in Music Technology
  • employment or freelance work in a wide range of areas of the music industry or related vocational area.
Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2017/18 (August 2017 – July 2018). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2018/19.

Although we’re not yet able to confirm the start date for this course, applications are now welcome, just complete and return an application form.