Prepare for further learning or training and/or develop knowledge and/or skills in a subject area
Qualification Grading Type
Why choose this qualification?
These qualifications are intended to provide learners with a broad introduction to the music sector, equipping learners with underpinning knowledge and skills specific to the sector alongside a range of transferable employability skills. They are designed to support progression to further learning and ultimately to work in music or other related sectors.
The Skills for Music and Music Technology qualifications form part of our Suite of Skills qualifications that cover a number of sectors and are available at Level 1 and Level 2. The employability skills units are common across the suite, enabling easy transfer of credits between qualifications and supporting opportunities for cross-faculty working.
The qualifications have been developed with the support of a number of further education colleges, training providers and adult and community learning providers. They have been designed to be consistent with the principles for study programmes for 16-19 year olds but are also relevant, particularly in the case of the smaller qualifications, for adults including the unemployed. These qualifications are also suitable for pre 16 learners.
Rules of Combination
Learners must complete a total of 6 credits. They must complete the single Mandatory unit from the Mandatory Group (M), totalling 3 credits and 3 further credits from group O1 (Optional Units).
Learners must complete the single mandatory unit from the Mandatory Group (M), totalling 3 credits.
Working in the Music Industry
Learners must complete 3 credits from this group.
Multi-Track Audio Recording
Music Improvisation and Performance Skills
Music Marketing and Promotion
Music for Performance
Song Writing Skills
Sound Effect Techniques for Music Production
Sound Production and Recording
Sound and Music Production
Using Aural Skills in Music
What is the purpose of this qualification?
This qualification is suitable if you need a short, introductory level 2 course in music and music technology. It will be of specific relevance to:
• young people on trainee-ships who are seeking a short, focused qualification in the sector in which they wish to work/gain an apprenticeship, as part of the work preparation training element of a trainee-ship.
• learners aged 16 and over who have been disengaged with learning and need a short introduction at Level 2 before progressing straight to a larger certificate or diploma at level 3.
• unemployed adults requiring a relevant vocational skill set in order to demonstrate their preparedness for employment in the music industry.
What skills, knowledge, or understanding does this qualification develop?
This qualification provides you with an introductory set of knowledge and skills, relevant to the music industry. The learner must complete the mandatory unit: Working in the Music Industry. The learner must then select a further unit from a range of optional units such as Sound Production and Recording, Music Marketing and Promotion, or Music Improvisation and Performance Skills.
How is this qualification different from other, similar qualifications?
This qualification is part of a suite which includes an Award, Certificate, Extended Certificate and Diploma. The learner should take the Award if you need only a small amount of focused learning in music and/or music technology before progressing to a level 3 qualification, an apprenticeship or employment (with further training where possible), as illustrated in the target learner profiles provided above.
Which sector does this qualification support?
This qualification could lead to an entry-level role in the music industry such as recording assistant, or studio set-up worker.
What are the progression options?
The learner can progress to a larger qualification at level 2, directly to a level 3 certificate or diploma in music and/or music technology, or to a relevant Intermediate Apprenticeship, for example in Sound Recording, Engineering and Studio Facilities.
Progression & entry requirementsLearners do not need any prior qualifications or a specific level of attainment to take this qualification. It is available to learners aged 16 and over.
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