RSL Level 3 Diploma – Music Technology

The RSL Music Technology course is equivalent to 1.5 A-Levels and is a practical hands on course designed to give you a wide range of industry-relevant skills related to the music industry.  There are six units in total.

Experience in the Music Industry is an essential part of the course and you will be involved in practical workshops with musicians and experts in live sound and studio recordings. You will visit studios, recording venues and concerts and develop your skills  both as a musician and music technologist.

Assessment takes place as an ongoing process for each of the units and may include submission of CD recordings and paperwork to support your learning. There are a number of opportunities for you to organise performance events and recording sessions each year to support study. Emphasis is on practical experience supported by written work. There is no formal exam.

The Qualification

This course is the equivalent of 1.5 A-Levels. It is fully accredited and counts towards UCAS points. It appears on the list of ‘Tech Level’ qualifications published by the Department for Education and is included in School and College performance measures. As a Subsidiary Diploma award, you will spend 8 lessons every week studying Music Technology.

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Digital Recording and Production

RSL - Level 3 Certificate for Music Practitioners (Technology)
MUSPRA 369
Unit Title: Digital Recording and Production
Credit Value: 15
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This unit will teach you all about sampled sounds and the process to create them. You will then create your own samples using different instruments/voices and record these using a range of techniques you will learn during the lessons.

Composing for Film and Documentary

RSL - Level 3 Certificate for Music Practitioners (Technology)
MUSPRA 307
Unit Title: Composing for Film and Documentary
Credit Value: 15
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In this unit you will be creating the sound effects and music for a short film and documentary. You will learn about the history of music and sound in films, as well as looking at composing techniques in order to increase your creative and technical knowledge. You will also be recording your own sound effects, in addition to using pre-recorded samples and synthesised sound. 

Lighting for Music Events

RSL - Level 3 Certificate for Music Practitioners (Technology)
MUSPRA 336
Unit Title: Lighting for Music Events
Credit Value: 10
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In this unit you will be learning about lighting in live performances. This will involve analysing videos of live concerts, learning about different types of lights, setting up a lighting rig in our theatre and programming a set of lighting cues for a concert. 

Music Sequencing and Production

RSL - Level 3 Certificate for Music Practitioners (Technology)
MUSPRA 366
Unit Title: Music Sequencing and Production
Credit Value: 15
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In this unit you will be recreating a song of your choice using Logic X. You will have to use the various software instruments, drum patches, synthesisers, sampled instruments and live instruments in order to do this You will then produce a 2 track mix of the song making use of plugins/effects to enhance your track.

Planning for a Career in Music

RSL - Level 3 Certificate for Music Practitioners (Technology)
MUSPRA 349
Unit Title: Planning for a Career in Music
Credit Value: 15
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In this unit you will learn about various career opportunities within the music industry. You will look at both employment and self employment within the music industry, as well as how to tailor your skills and knowledge to make you more employable in the future. 

Live Sound Recording & Sound Reinforcement

RSL - Level 3 Certificate for Music Practitioners (Technology)
MUSPRA 388
Unit Title: Live Sound Recording & Sound Reinforcement
Credit Value: 30
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This unit will teach you about live sound and PA systems, and how to setup and operate these. You will also learn about microphone techniques, how to record and amplify various instruments/sound sources and how to setup monitor mixes for musicians on stage. You will be expected to setup a system for a band and also to carry out a multitrack recording of the gig.