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Music Production Level 3 Full-time

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

This course starts in September and will be completed in two years.

Entry requirements

  • Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above including GCSE English and Maths
  • You will be required to have a competent standard of musicianship

You will achieve

UAL Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma in Music Production

Course overview

This course enables students to develop the skills needed to work within the music, sound and broadcasting industry, whilst also preparing them for university-level study. A wide range of music technology related themes will be studied including: music production techniques and audio engineering principles, planning and delivering a music product, music sequencing, sound for the moving image and sound creation and manipulation, the sound and music industry, live sound techniques, acoustics and music technology in performance.

Course content

On this course you will learn how to create a music product, develop your listening skills and be introduced to acoustics. You will look at modern and pop music in practice as well as music technology in performance. You will spend a large amount of time in the recording studios helping to develop your engineering and production skills. There will be opportunities for you work on real live projects including location and studio based client work. You will work in groups and individually, developing music productions and events. You will also use industry-standard tools and software in state-of-the-art music recording, editing and performance studios. Units will include areas such as:

  • Studio recording
  • Music production techniques
  • Music sequencing
  • Events and promotion
  • Composing music
  • Music theory and harmony
  • Live performance

You will be assessed on your practical work and coursework.

Your own instrument is essential and the ability to play it to a good level.


  • Employment: this course can form the foundations for future study and work in this industry. Former students have gained employment as Studio Recording Engineers, Live Sound Engineers and Television Composers while others have performed at Glastonbury, Download and Leeds Festivals.
  • Education: you could progress to university to further develop your skills and knowledge of this area.

See what Music careers are available. Use our online careers tool, Career Coach, to find out what your next steps could be.

How much does the course cost?

16 – 18 year olds

Full-time Barnsley College students aged 16-18 years old do not have to pay tuition fees.

19+ Students

Aged 19 or over and thinking about further education?

You may be eligible for free or reduced course fees . Please refer to our page ‘paying for your course.’

Extra information

This course may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan. Contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email info@barnsley.ac.uk. about eligibility and how to apply. You can also visit the Advanced Learner Loan page.



For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email info@barnsley.ac.uk

Barnsley College has a range of sports opportunities for all students to take part in, gain professional training and compete nationally and internationally. We also have a state-of-the-art fitness village, Honeywell Sports Village where students can make use of our fitness suite, spinning studio and classes for competitive rates. You don’t have to be studying sport to get involved in the Sports Academy.

Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact them on +44 (0)1226 216 769.

Please note we reserve the right to change details without notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Music Production Level 3 Full-time

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