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Start a career in Music – a short guide

“If you want a career in music there’s never been a better time to turn your dream into reality.”

“The UK music industry is vast and offers an array of job opportunities for those with passion, talent, tenacity and drive. Year-on-year the sector continues to grow – in 2016 it employed around 142,000 people and generated £4.4billion for the UK economy..”
– Jemma Smith, editor at Prospects. 2017

Many creative individuals are living their passion for music through their careers. Could you be one of them?

With us, you’ll explore many elements of the music industry, from production and performance to marketing and business. Our teachers have experience working in the industry professionally so you’ll have lots of information about what career you could be starting!


What kind of job could I train for?

You could work in any range of settings – from recording studios to music festivals. Example roles include:


Why study at Farnborough?

“The course is brilliant. It covers a lot, from composition to studio work, placing mics properly, getting a good guitar tone, using music-production software and more”
– Kyle, Music Technology Student

“I like the performance side of the course, especially the vibe when you’re on stage and people are watching and singing along to the songs you’re singing.”
– Jordan, Music Technology Student

With us you’ll belong to an Ofsted Outstanding college with access to a range of facilities. As part of our Music department you’ll benefit from:

  • Being taught by lecturers with professional experience in the music industry
  • Work placements and links to industry
  • Plenty of practical work and performance opportunities
  • High success rates and opportunities for university, including our Degree Passport Scheme
  • Lots of personal support
  • Access to mix rooms and specialist equipment

“The facilities for the course are amazing – I looked at other colleges and felt the facilities here were by far the best. The studio, the performance space and the classroom spaces are all really good.”
– Georgyana, Music Technology Student


Music at Farnborough

We offer courses that will give you a great platform to build a career from:

Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Music and Music Technology

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 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. Apply now to start this September.


Level 2 BTEC Extended Certificate in Music

This course is designed to introduce you to music and music technology. You will learn 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 cover a broad number of topics including the music business, studio recording and live sound mixing. Apply now to start this September.


Here’s what this year’s students got up to:

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