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Music Technology Foundation Degree (FdA) Level 5 (part-time)

The Foundation Degree in Music Technology is designed to prepare you for employment in the music industry. It is a vocational course consisting of practical-based units of study, all of which relate directly to real industry practice. You will nurture and develop core skills in music technology and academia to enable freelance employment in the music industry and higher level critical thinking.

Valided by, and leads to an award of, the University of Bedfordshire

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Tom enrolled on to the Music Technology Extended Diploma course at Bedford College after finishing school. He was impressed by the college environment, which was very inclusive and, while supportive, mature and independent too. The Student Services team helped Tom to access a little extra help with his writing skills from the Additional Support team. “If I had asked for help at school”, recalls Tom, “I was usually missed because I wasn’t a particularly high performer but was not underperforming either. However, as soon as I went to see the Additional Support team they set me up with a support tutor who was a great help. We met every two weeks.”

During his time at College, Tom’s confidence grew so much that on completing his course he went on to the Music Technology Foundation Degree and then to top up his degree at the University of Bedfordshire where he finished with a first. “If you’d ask me when I started college if I thought I would finish with a first class degree, I’d have said definitely not!” laughs Tom. “The support given to me during my time here has helped so much. I loved it – honestly, it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done”.

Looking to the future, Tom would now like to work as a sound engineer and film/TV music composer. Most recently, he has recorded audio for “The Man who Sewed the World”, a documentary screened at the Odeon cinema in Bletchley about the town’s revered fashion designer Freddie Burretti, who helped David Bowie rise into a worldwide phenomenon.

Tom - Music Technology Foundation Degree


Entry requirements

You will need:

  • 32-48 UCAS points with 32 points from one A-Level qualification OR
  • 32-48 UCAS points from Music Technology BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma OR
  • Equivalent Level 3 qualification e.g 90 Credit Diploma, A-Level

We welcome applications from mature students via a successful interview and a demonstration of vocational experience if you do not meet the criteria stated.

Entry is subject to a successful interview, either face to face or via Skype/telephone. Practical examples will need to be sent before the interview and this should be arranged with the interviewer. You will be required to produce a portfolio of work showing a broad range of experience in music technology (recording, sequencing, performing).

Course content

During the course you will cover topics including:

Year 1/2 (Level 4) (2 units per year)

  • Recording and Mixing
  • Music Software
  • Context and Listening
  • The Business of Music Technology

Year 3/4 (Level 5) (2 units per year)

  • 21st Century Production Techniques
  • Music and Media
  • Major Project
  • The Business of Music Production.

You will also be commissioned directly by our industry partners as part of the assignments you will undertake.

Assessment methods

Assessment will take the form of assessed practical work, written evaluations or presentations. Teaching methods include practical workshops, lectures, tutorials, seminars and group/individual support.


FdA  Music Technology
Further study and career options

Course progression: Level 6 BA Hons Music Technology Top Up at Bedford College or Level 6 at another University

Career progression: Music Producing, Audio/Sound/Recording Engineering, Artist, Composer, Songwriter, Session Musician, Sound Designer, Foley Artist, Manager, Publisher, Label Owner, Marketing, Promotion, Publishing, Events, Teaching.

Additional information

You will need to study a minimum of three hours per week, Mon-Fri. The days and times will depend upon the units you study. Additional study will be required outside College, and we also provide access to facilities outside normal timetable hours.

Trips are arranged throughout the year and a range of guest speakers/lecturers are invited in. There is a large emphasis on client engagement for learners to engage in real world work experience meaningful to their chosen career path. You will need to provide a set of overear headphones and portable flash storage. Trips are paid for on an adhoc basis.

Pay by instalments

The College offers an instalment plan for Further Education and Higher Education courses to students where the total amount payable at the point of enrolment is £200 or more. Within the scheme there is an ability to pay up to 6 instalments, depending on the length of the courses and the final payment must be paid at least a month before the end of the course.

Course Information & How to Apply

To apply online, select the 'Apply' button below. You will need to register an account and then you can follow the instructions on screen.

LengthStart DateFee per unitLocationCourse Code
4 years 28/09/2020 £771 per 15 credit unit and £1541 per 30 credit unit Cauldwell Street BBL1546 Apply


Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.
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