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Access to Higher Education and Employment: Music Technology - Full-time

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Course outline

This course is perfect if you would like to develop a broad range of subject knowledge and understanding about the music industry, musical composition and recording skills and wishing to go on to study at degree level.

You’ll learn a range of music areas including Musical Composition, Digital Mixing Production, Sound Design, Audio Production, Sampling and Mastering techniques and Contextualisation, as well as English and maths (If you do not already possess a Level 2 in Maths and English). To achieve this qualification you will need 60 credits in total, 45 must be graded units at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2/3 ungraded.

You can expect to be taught in fully equipped classrooms using a wide range of teaching tools and techniques. You will have access to a wide range of learning materials through our Student Intranet. Practical sessions will be carried out in relevant workshops, where applicable. Work is continually throughout the year through project work, timed essays and assignments, as well as written examinations.

This course is based at the Clarendon Campus.

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CAVA Access to HE Diploma


2 years

Level Level 3
Entry requirements

You’ll need 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C including English and maths (equivalents may be considered), or Level 2 BTEC Diploma in related area at Merit. A GCSE in English and maths is preferable, but Functional Skills may be acceptable instead. You’ll be asked to showcase a portfolio of work or demonstrate a passion for a particular subject area.

Teaching & assessment

Learning is assessed in a variety of methods to prepare you to study at university. This may include an extended essay, timed assessments under controlled conditions and report writing.


Choose to follow with one of our foundation degrees in either Music Performance or Music Technology or other University level courses. Some students may wish to go straight into employment within the music industry.

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