BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

Music Technology


A two-year qualification equivalent to three A Levels, the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma gives you a wealth of musical experience and transferable skills, preparing you to continue to undergraduate study or the workplace.
Available in Music (performance) or Music Technology, the Extended Diploma lets you study a broad and stimulating curriculum consisting of a variety of units that are appropriate to your specialism and truly relevant to the modern music industry.

This course is not suitable for international students who would require a Tier 4 visa to study with us.

Music Technology: THE COURSE

This non performance-based course gives you a thorough and up-to-date grounding in music technology, with a focus on using technology to capture, manipulate and produce music.

You will explore areas such as live sound, sound recording, sequencing, mixing and mastering.   Although practical skills development is a core aspect of the course, you will spend time learning to use music software in a variety of contexts and develop your understanding of the history of music technology and production. The course also involves a fair amount of written and theoretical work often connected to researching and writing reports, or preparing and presenting information.  You will learn about the music industry itself and develop skills and knowledge which prepare you for professional life.  

Assessment is done through periodic coursework, projects and set tasks.  You will attend lessons 3 to 4 days per week.
The majority of learners who undertake this course intend to progress to University or Conservatoire study. 

The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma is equivalent to 3 A Levels and carries UCAS points.


You will study units from the BTEC syllabus.  Below is a list of the possible units:

  • Live Sound

  • Studio Recording Techniques

  • Music and Sound for Media

  • Music Technology Project

  • Music Technology in Context

  • DAW Production

  • Creative Synthesis and Sampling

  • Composing Music

  • Remixing and Reworking

  • Music Technology in Performance

  • Mixing and Mastering Techniques

  • Studio Design and Acoustics

  • Music Investigation

  • Commercial Music Production

  • Working and Developing as a Production Team


Our alumni have gone on to sign with Island Records and have number one singles (John Newman), and compose music for film and television (Richard Canavan). 
If you choose to continue your studies in music at undergraduate level, the Extended Diploma will have given you a valuable headstart.
If you decide not to continue with music, there is no reason why you could not move on to Higher Education in another area – like any Level 3 qualification, the Extended Diploma gives you a skillset relevant to a wide range of study and work.


In September 2018, Leeds College of Music's BTEC courses will move to become part of the Creative Arts Faculty of Leeds City College. For students starting the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in September 2017 this will mean one year of study at LCoM, followed by a second year at Leeds City College.

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