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Access to Higher Education Diploma (Music Technology) COMPOSER AND PRODUCER PATHWAY

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Music Technology) COMPOSER AND PRODUCER PATHWAY

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As a music producer you could cover many careers in music production. Whether in a studio creating music for albums, films, adverts etc, you could also become involved in running concerts, festivals and live shows. 

You would need to coordinate technical staff and performers to ensure events run as they should; this could be for one-off shows for regular events, indoor and/or outdoor, so there are so many avenues to this future career. Being able to pull together the parts of the recording process and having a hand in writing, arranging and mastering are all aspects to your exciting future career in music producing. We will support you to be artistic and visionary, learning the basics within this processes and creating a specific portfolio to help you on your way to your dream degree programme.

Our Access to Higher Education Diploma Music Technology is for people who want to explore careers in the music industry. There are a number of opportunities awaiting in the future as a music graduate, and you can choose to work in a range of professions both inside and outside of music. Employers include music production companies, music retailers, mental healthcare providers and charitable organisations and a range of employers in the cultural and creative industries including recording studios, TV, radio, internet, advertising and media, film and gaming companies, to name a few. This industry is very versatile.  This course will allow you to develop a broad base of skills, including; creativity developed through a range of creative projects, planning and time management, organising and working towards a project/performance and also technical skills and expertise using technology to create and record music and studying acoustics.  You can choose pathways to complete units that relate to musical and technological studies as well as performing and composing. Our course will also allow you to strengthen your study techniques and develop your analytical and evaluative skills. For more information, please see the ‘modules’ tab below.


This Online Music Technology Course at a Glance

  • 100% online learning for adults
  • No qualifications necessary to apply
  • Flexible - learn in your own time around work and family
  • Flexible payments - interest-free monthly payments over 1 year 
  • One-to-one tutor support at mutually convenient times
  • Go to university without A Levels
  • Gain crucial knowledge, skills, understanding and confidence
  • Assessed through end-of-unit assignments - NO EXAMS 
  • Equivalent level to those of other level 3 qualifications, such as A Levels
  • Complete in 1 year or less

    Education Provider: Cambridge Online Education - established 2002

    Accredited by: Aim Qualifications and Assessment Group

    Regulated by: Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA)


    Course Outline

    The Access to HE Diploma is a full Level 3 qualification designed to prepare learners without traditional qualifications for entry into Higher Education (HE). The Diploma provides opportunity for learners to acquire and develop knowledge and skills needed to progress to higher education study and also enables learners to develop social and emotional skills such as communication and confidence.


    To achieve the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Music Technology) Ref. 400/0827/7 learners must achieve:

    • 45 credits which must be graded, academic subject content at Level 3 only.
    • 15 credits which must be either at Level 2 or Level 3 ungraded (U).

    The following are the Unit titles for this Diploma:

    • Effects and Processors
    • Audio and MIDI Sequencing
    • Audio Recording Techniques
    • Music and Sound for Film
    • Ensemble Skills Using the Voice
    • Ensemble Skills Using an Instrument
    • DJ Skills and Demo Production
    • Developing Song Writing Skills
    • Research Topic (Music Technology)
    • The Fundamentals of Sound (U)
    • Creative Sampling (U)
    • The Investigative Process, Principles & Practical Skills (U)
    • Study Techniques (U)

    Enrolment Requirements

    There are no formal entry requirements for students applying for the Cambridge Online Education Access to H.E. Diplomas. Tutors are nevertheless, required to ensure that learners admitted onto the Diploma possess the necessary skills and personal qualities to cope with the demands of the course. Students may choose optional modules that will incur additional costs over and above the course fee. It is possible to complete this qualification with minimal additional cost if online apps and technologies are utilised instead of conventional studio equipment - depends on the modules chosen by the student.


    All Access to HE Diplomas require the achievement of 60 credits. 45 of the 60 credits must be graded at Level 3 (pass, merit or distinction). Such credits will arise from the Academic Subject Content Modules. The remaining 15 credits are ungraded and can be achieved at either Level 2 or Level 3. Students may only be registered against units with a maximum combined total credit value of 60. In terms of the length of time required for a learner to complete their diploma, for all Access to HE Diplomas the notional learning hours are 600. Notional learning hours comprise all learning that may be relevant to the achievement of the learning outcomes including directed and private study, practical and project work, assignments and assessment time. The assessment methods used for each unit of your course will be detailed in the Programme Handbook. Your tutor will provide you with formative feedback and provisional grades. Your grades will be then evaluated by the Examination Board. Final grades will be released to students after the External Moderation Visit.


    On successful completion of the course, you will receive a QAA recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma (Music Technology) at level 3 awarded by the Aim Qualifications and Assessment Group.

    Aim Qualifications and Assessment Group are a national Awarding Organisation, regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and Qualifications Wales, to develop and award nationally recognised qualifications. Cambridge Online Education is a fully accredited education provider for this qualification


    After completing the Access to Higher Education Diploma Music Technology, you can then continue your education or seek employment in the following fields:

    • Music producer
    • Music therapist
    • Musician
    • Private music teacher
    • Secondary school music teacher
    • Sound designer
    • Sound engineer
    • Sound technician,
    • broadcasting/film/video
    • Special effects technician
    • Arts administrator
    • Broadcast engineer
    • Choreographer
    • Community arts worker
    • Event manager
    • Marketing executive
    • Private tutor
    • Radio broadcast assistant
    • Radio producer
    • Talent agent
    • Theatre stage manager
    As different universities have different entry requirements, you are strongly advised to check these requirements with your chosen tertiary education provider. You can contact our career advisers for further guidance and support in this matter.

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    School was a disaster, I hated all of the lessons except music and PE. I left school with no qualifications and so could only get work in bars and restaurants which was ok but the pay is terrible and it wasn't what I was put on the earth to do. Access Courses Online is a second chance for me and I'm going to grab it with both hands! In a year I'll have passed my Access to HE Diploma and be at Uni getting my music technology degree - stoked!