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Music Production (Extended) Diploma Level 3

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Course overview

Spe­cialise in music pro­duc­tion, sound design, acoustics, audio engi­neer­ing, record­ing stu­dio prac­tice and music busi­ness. Expe­ri­ence the music pro­duc­tion process from begin­ning to end includ­ing plan­ning record­ing ses­sions, learn­ing audio engi­neer­ing tech­niques as well as mix­ing and mas­ter­ing record­ed music. You will also gain prac­ti­cal skills through indus­try based projects using sound design, record­ing, pro­duc­tion and live sound rein­force­ment with embed­ded music busi­ness prac­tice with the oppor­tu­ni­ty to work with our infin­i­ty record label and radio station.


Entry Require­ments

5 GCSEs at grades 4/C or above includ­ing Eng­lish and maths.

Alter­na­tive­ly a Mer­it in a rel­e­vant Lev­el 2 Diplo­ma, and a GCSE grade 4/C in Eng­lish and maths, or a pass for func­tion­al skills Lev­el 2 Eng­lish and Maths.<?xml:namespace pre­fix = o” ns = urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office” />

This course requires an interview/​informal chat before a place can be offered, and before your inter­view you will need to sub­mit an audition. 

We will review each appli­ca­tion on a case-by-case basis to ensure you get a place on the course most suit­able for you.

One of the ways we do this is through a very effec­tive 6 weeks to suc­cess pro­gramme’ that oper­ates from the first day you start your course. This includes sup­port such as (but not lim­it­ed to):

  • Allow­ing you to change cours­es if you change your mind in the first 6 weeks — sub­ject to course availability
  • Mov­ing you between course lev­els if you are find­ing your cur­rent lev­el too easy / too hard — sub­ject to course availability
  • One-to-one reviews with your aca­d­e­m­ic tutor to ensure you are pro­gress­ing and achiev­ing well

A Mer­it in your first year is required to enter the sec­ond year Extend­ed Diploma. 

Our course enquiries and admis­sions team can be con­tact­ed at enquiries@​stamford.​ac.​uk should you have any fur­ther questions.

Poten­tial Future Career

On suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of this course, you can progress to study music degrees at uni­ver­si­ty. You could also progress to careers such as a Song Writer, Per­former, Record­ing Artist, Musi­cal Direc­tor, Musi­cal Arranger, Music Teacher, Live Events Man­ag­er. You will study the fol­low­ing units/​projects:

Com­pos­ing & Record­ing Project
Audi­tion­ing Skills (Bat­tle of the Bands)
Stu­dio Prac­tice
Pro­gres­sion Project
Schools Tour
Sound for Media
Spe­cial­ist Sub­ject
Final Major Project

You will also have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to per­form at local music venues and events.

Course Con­tent

You will study the fol­low­ing units:

  • Live Events
  • Record­ing Project
  • Pro­duc­tion Project
  • Spe­cial­ist Study
  • Pro­gres­sion Project
  • Sound for Media
  • Live Sound and Events Management
  • Final Major Project


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My course has encour­aged me to get out into the indus­try where I’ve made con­tacts, and am now tour­ing the coun­try with Sta­tus Quo!

Bill Pell



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