Farnborough College of Technology
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About this course

This course is ideal for School Leavers who want to pursue a career in the music and music technology industry. This programme is equivalent to three A Levels and provides a route into university or higher education.

  • Careers related to this course include a live sound engineer, music technologist, music therapist, recording artist, song writer, sound engineer, studio engineer and more
  • You will be involved in live performances throughout the year
  • Assignments are both creative and practical
  • Learn from lecturers with industry experience and knowledge
  • Your learning environment includes recording studio spaces, mixing room, live sound stage and a Mac computer suite
  • Check out our YouTube page to see previous students work: YouTube.com/fcotmusic.

Whether you are looking to succeed as a musician or would like to work behind the scenes, you will need talent, creative ability, passion, and determination to make it into the competitive world of music. This course is designed to develop your skills and understanding of music and music technology, as well as the wider music industry.

At Farnborough, you will learn in a very practical environment and be taught by highly experienced industry professionals. You will work in our Mac suite, perform live on stage around the college and at various events, and will record songs in our professional studio. You will also cover areas such as music marketing and business, learning how to use a variety of industry standard equipment and software.

Who is this programme for?

This course is aimed at aspiring musicians, those who want to work in the music and media/sound industry, and those who wish to progress on to a university course in the music or media/sound field.

What will I study?

The course covers a broad range of topics with a heavy emphasis on live performance, you will learn recording studio and live sound techniques, music marketing and business, music and society, listening skills and computer based DAW music using industry standard software.

We also believe that it is important to support you in associated skills, so the course will help you to improve and develop with additional GCSE English and Maths where appropriate. You will also receive group and individual tutorial support to keep you on track and if needed additional learning support is available.

Costs

The course is free for school leavers up to the age of 18, and all students will be expected to own and maintain good quality instruments, and will also need a good quality set of over ear headphones and a min 4GB USB Drive. 

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If you have any questions about this course then please contact us by phone on 01252 40 55 55 or message us.

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Studies include

How will I be taught?

You will be taught by experienced industry professionals in our various teaching spaces this includes our Westminster Studio Space, which houses a live sound stage, recording studio and mix room, as well as the Mac Suite in our media block. Teaching styles will include largely practical based sessions as well as lectures, workshops and lessons.

What modules are covered?

  • Music Performance
  • Composition
  • Recording Techniques
  • Music and Society / Contextual Studies
  • Live Sound
  • Music Marketing & Business
  • Computer based DAW recording
  • Music for Film and TV

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will take place throughout the year for each subject area, with students building a portfolio of evidence for each unit.

Assessment methods include live performances, recorded songs and material, practical assessments of activities, online submission through SoundCloud and YouTube, PowerPoint presentations (both solo and group), written reports, essays and oral examinations with your subject tutor.

Evidence will be gathered using DV cameras and audio recordings where required.

View a range of creative work

Visit www.farn-ct.ac.uk/portfolios to see examples of students' work across all of our creative subjects. 

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Progression

What Next?

On completion of this course you could apply for university-level music production degrees or courses. You could also progress onto an associated degree such as the BA (Hons) in Film and Broadcast Production taught here, and at other universities.

You could also look into apprenticeship schemes offered by all major broadcasters.

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Entry Requirements

What is the entry process?

A successful reference, interview and music audition are required.

You will need to play an instrument at a competent basic level, have the capacity to be versatile when working with others in a range of music genres, and most importantly you should have a passion for music.

What previous qualifications and experience will I need?

From School

  • Five GCSEs at grades 9-4
  • To include English and maths GCSEs at 9-4
  • Successful audition

From College

  • Relevant level 2 qualification at merit grade or higher
  • English and/or maths at level 2 or higher
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Kyle

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The course is brilliant and covers everything from composition to studio work, placing mics properly, getting a good guitar tone, using music-production software and more. I really enjoy the performance and composition.

My lecturers are really helpful, you can go to them and ask them any question. If you’re having trouble in or out of college they’re there to talk to.

The studio is great. We couldn’t really ask for more facilities. We’ve got Apple Macs, the mix rooms are great and we can use them for college work or personal work.

Kyle

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