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. It is equivalent to three A Levels and provides a route into university or higher education.

This course is designed to develop your skills and understanding of music and music technology, as well as the wider music industry. You will learn in a very practical environment and be taught by highly experienced industry professionals, using the Mac suite for your computer music work, performing live on stage and around the college at various events, and recording in our professional studio. You will also cover areas such as music marketing & business and learn how to use a wide variety of industry standard equipment and software.

Who is this programme for?

This course is aimed at aspiring musicians and those who want to work in the music and media/sound industry or wish to progress on to a university course in the music or media/sound field.  If you are looking to further your knowledge and experience of music and music technology in a very practical and exciting way, in our purpose built recording studio and live stage performance spaces, this course will essentially give you all the skills that you will require, and give you a formidable and broad platform from which to successfully pursue your musical career in an ever expanding industry. For students who have a passion for this subject area and are extremely motivated this could be the beginning of a truly exciting career. 

What will I study?

The course covers a broad range of topics, with a heavy emphasis on live performance, as well as covering recording studio & 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 also 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.


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 that include the Westminster Studio Space which houses a live sound stage, recording studio and mix room, as well as the Mac Suite in our media block. You will also have access to our brand new University Centre building where students can book booths for group work, computers for solo work and use the well stocked library.

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 interview style Viva Voces with your subject tutor. Evidence will be gathered using DV cameras and audio recordings where required. Check out our YouTube page! YouTube.com/fcotmusic.

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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What Next?

You will be able to progress onto apprenticeship schemes offered by all the major broadcasters, or move onto associated degrees in media production and film at FCOT, or apply to one of the many specialist Music Production courses at HE level throughout the UK. Every Music student who applied for university in previous years has been successful in finding a place that suits them, and for the best of these a very exciting and rewarding career beckons.

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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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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.


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