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September 2 Years Level 3 Part-Time - Day Hartlepool Sixth Form A-Levels Apply Enquire

What’s it all about?

Are you an aspiring music producer, engineer, songwriter or composer? Developed in consultation with employers, this course provides you with the skills required to work in this sector of the music industry. The course largely focuses on taking musical ideas and turning them into full realised productions by taking students through practical, creative and technical modules.

Students develop skills using industry standard software Apple’s Logic Pro X by producing bespoke compositions for film or games and by exploring their own musical interests. Working with music performance students you will learn all about how a recording studio operates and what it takes to work as a sound engineer recording bands and the mixing and mastering process. You will also undertake a commercial music production developing the technical skills required to produce hit records.

This course also prepares students for university study by developing academic skills through consistent reflection of practical work, research projects, collaborative and independent learning and analytical skills.

You will need 5 GCSEs at grade 4-9, including English and Maths.

Study level Cost
19+ please enquire

You will be taught through a series of lectures, workshops and practical demonstrations.

Assessment will be carried out through live performance, compositions, music notation and academic submissions.

English and Maths are important life skills that will help you to achieve your best in your studies and progress to your dream career. If you have not already achieved grades 9-4 in GCSE Maths and/or English at school, we will support you to improve your skills.

We have a range of links with organisations in the industry, including The Studio Hartlepool, The Cluny, The Georgian Theatre, the Centre for Excellence in Creative Arts, Independent Table Market, Generator and many more.

Mon-Fri between 9am-4pm. Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term.
You will be required to perform at evenings for end of term performances/assessment.

You will study modules including:

- Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) Production
- Music and Sound for Media
- Commercial Music Production
- Remixing and Reworking
- Mixing and Mastering

Pearson (BTEC)

What’s next?

On completion of this course, you could go on to study music at university, or go into employment in the music or performing arts industry.

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A fresh start

Sometimes you just need a clean break to become the person you were destined to be. Starting college is the perfect opportunity to break free and become that new person!

New people

Our diverse student community means that you will meet lots of new people of different ages, backgrounds and interests, so you can enjoy making lifelong friendships!

Specialist Staff

Most of our lecturers are industry savvy and are experts in teaching 16-18 year olds. They have lots of valuable experience and knowledge to pass onto you.


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Your timetable will be very different to school. You will have a lot more free time to take part in extra-curricular activities, study, or get extra money and work experience with a part-time job.

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You will have the opportunity to take part in lots of different activities outside of the classroom to boost your confidence and help you develop your skills and personal qualities.

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(*Destination data for Hartlepool Sixth Form students aged 16-18, academic year 2017/18).

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(*Top college nationally for BTECs, Pearson 2019)

100% pass rate in 20 A-Level subjects including Computer Science, Economics, History and Maths. 

*Summer 2019

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*Summer 2019

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