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Qualification name BTEC National Extended Certificate in Sound Engineering
Qualification level 3
Awarding organisation Pearson Education Ltd (Formerly EDEXCEL)
Course type Classroom based
Course hours Full-time
Course start date 11th September 2023
Cost £0.00
Attendance pattern Daytime

Discover the learning experience and opportunities you can expect from this course.

Sound Engineering is a key part of the music industry, but instead of performance composition and music theory, it focuses on music production and using microphones and MIDI to record, edit and mix sound for a range of different medias. There is no assessment for performance, although there will be the opportunity to record your own performances if you wish to. The UK music industry helps drive economic growth by creating jobs and opportunities for young people. The 2017 UK music survey ‘Measuring Music’ identified that the music industry supported more than 142,208 full- time jobs in the UK, of which 48,938 work in the music technology sector, including sound engineering. The music industry contributed £4.4 billion to the UK economy, which is an increase from the previous year of 6 per cent.

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The course is covered over 5 Units, one of which is externally assessed. The course gives students the skills necessary to record, edit, mix and master music from a range of genres. Students will learn about the acoustics of sound and the frequency responses of microphones, they will develop the skills to operate the recording studio and manage live sound for musical events. • Unit 1 – Live Sound • Unit 2 – Recording Studio Techniques • Unit 6 – Digital Audio Workstation Production • Unit 13 – Mixing and Mastering Techniques • Unit 18 – Working and Developing as a Production Team

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Students will work in groups and individually to create a portfolio or recordings and evidence their contribution towards live and recorded musical projects. Assessments will comprise of short tasks and research projects, as well as large scale productions. There is no written exam. The externally assessed unit is completed over a 15- hour period and the exam board sets one production task which is completed under controlled exam conditions on the computer.

Of the 48,938 jobs in the music technology
sector, there are a wide range of different
roles that you can undertake. In addition to
the recorded and live music opportunities,
all forms of media for TV, Film and even
the internet require sound recording and
production skills. Example careers include:
• Record Producer
• Recording Engineer
• Mastering and Mix Engineer
• Production Music Writer
• TV Music Director
• Sound Recordist for TV and Film
• Stage Manager
• Live Sound Technician

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Name Outwood Grange Academy
Address Potovens Lane
Outwood
Wakefield
WF1 2PF
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