KS5 Music Technology

KS5 Music Technology

Course Title:  BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Digital Music Production

Grading: P – D*

Course Overview:

A basis of study for the music production sector with a focus on music and sound for media and DAW production.

You will need to complete five units. There are two mandatory units and three optional units.  


Unit 3: Music and Sound for Media

In this unit, you will explore a range of music and sound creation scenarios that might exist in a typical portfolio for someone working in the music industry. You will create and produce music for games, films and apps, as well as create original sounds, noises and effects to support interactivity and action. As the online media industry emerges, sound skills are becoming increasingly important and in demand, for example audio engineers, foley artists and music editors. The skills you develop in this unit will help you to progress to employment in the music industry and to higher education.

Unit 6: DAW Production

In this unit, you will explore how the features of a DAW (digital audio workstation) can be used to create and develop your own music. You will understand some of the background principals of how a DAW works, along with the associated specialist and technical terms. In this unit, you will draw on your learning from across your programme to complete the assessment task.


Unit 8: Creative Synthesis and Sampling

In this unit, you will learn how to use synthesisers and samplers along with the language used to describe sound. From physical experiments on strings and pipes, through to analogue and digital electronics, you will look at how sound can be created, changed, bent and manufactured into anything a creative musician could hope for.

Unit 10: Remixing and Reworking

In this unit, you will experiment with unique, creative digital audio workstation (DAW)-based techniques associated with remixing. The skills learned will enable you to manipulate music in highly technical and innovative ways, and you will create a portfolio of contrasting remixes and reworks using a wide range of creative audio and musical instrument digital interface (MIDI) sequencing techniques.

Unit 13: Mixing and Mastering Techniques

In this unit, you will gain experience in mixing down and mastering multitrack digital audio workstation (DAW) projects. You will also realise a sonic vision for a DAW project to achieve a desired sound.

Unit 16: Commercial Music Production

In this unit, you will develop the technical skills required to produce modern, commercially driven songs, and also explore the creative techniques which help to define the sound of commercial music. Commercial music reflects the tastes and values of the population, and continues to contribute significantly to the UK economy. This unit aims to equip learners with the techniques that will help them to compete in the world of popular music writing and production.

External Assessment:

The work for unit 6 (one of the two mandatory units) is completed in school as part of your lessons but assessment is undertaken by the exam board. Your completed work will be sent off to an examiner for final marking.

Internal Assessment:

Unit 3 and the optional units are marked in school by your teachers. You will be given a deadline for each of these units. You must have completed all of the work for that unit by the deadline.

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