Electronic Music Production Extended Diploma Level 3 Year 1

West Suffolk College
Start Date
September 2017


The course is suitable for learners who are interested in developing a career as an electronic music producer or performer. Electronic music is one of the largest growing areas of the music industry and the role of the home producer is becoming ever more popular. This course provides learners with the skills, techniques and opportunities to produce electronic music, using traditional and modern techniques, taught by industry professionals. The course will explore the theory and practice of sampling, synthesis, DJ and performance techniques, studio recording techniques, live sound and composition for media using industry specialist software such as Pro Tools, Native Instruments Massive and Traktor, Ableton Live and Logic Pro X.

The course also encourages a wider understanding and appreciation of different styles of music and how these enhance employability through collaboration. Students will also learn about the music industry, how to produce high quality music projects and how to effectively plan and market their music to provide a solid foundation for a career or future study.

Entry Requirements

At least five GCSE’s Grade C or above, including maths and English at Grade C (4); or a suitable Edexcel (BTEC) Level 2 merit grade or higher in a related programme. Learners will also need to provide examples of their music and and complete written tasks as part of the audition stage.


Conservatoire EAST offer a wide menu of Level 3 Diplomas. We will work with all learners in their first six weeks at College to place them on the appropriate Diploma programme that best meets their individual needs and best ensures their success. Within this course, learners will have the opportunity to take The UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music Performance and Production.

Course Content

Students will attend College for a minimum of three days a week. They will be expected to work for an additional fifteen hours per week at home completing assignments, revising, researching, practising and preparing for lessons. Learners will have many opportunities for solo and group performances and studio experience.

Any student aged 16 to 19 who does not hold a GCSE A* to C (9 to 4 on the new grading structure) or equivalent qualifications in Maths and English by age 16 will need to continue to study these subjects in each academic year.

Progression Opportunities

Learners completing this course may continue their studies at university or obtain entry-level employment within the industry itself. Areas for focused study include: Electronic Music Production, Creative Music Technology, Popular Music, Music Performance, Music Technology, Music Teaching, Composition, Music Business Management and Artist Development, Song writing, Sequencing, Sound for Media.

Equipment Required

Learners will be required to purchase high quality closed headphones, ear protection, a memory stick/hard drive and stationery before the course starts. Access to a personal Macbook/Laptop and software is ideal, but not a necessity.

Course ID
Full Time
Full Level 3
Two years

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