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Music and Music Technology

“This pathway enables us to explore the way new technologies have revolutionised the way we record, produce and listen to music.” - Helen Turnbull, Music Tutor

Depending on the level at which you choose to study Music, there are a number of compulsory units that will be covered. You will fundamentally study and perform a variety of music from different genres and styles, as well as developing a greater understanding of how music is written and performed.


Courses available - Extended Certificate (1 A Level) & Extended Diploma (3 A Levels).

During this course you will study and perform a wide range of music across a range of styles and genres. You will focus on specific pieces of music, as well as developing a greater understanding of how music is written (composition) and performed.

Performing will be assessed on an instrument or vocal performance, focusing on developing how you perform both as a soloist and as part of an ensemble.

Composition involves writing music in a variety of styles, taking influence from the music you study in the course, as well as your own interests.

Year 1:

The focus of year one will involve equipping you with the fundemental skills and confidence to perform, through studying the development of music, fine tuning your musical talents and establishing effective relationships with your course peers.

Year 2:

During the second year you will build upon your skills from Year 1, develop a more in depth technical understanding of the recording process and show your ability to succeed in the Music Industry.

Either course could lead on to a wide range of Higher Education courses in Music and the Performing Arts.

Reading music is not essential, although you will develop this skill during year one.

Assessments have a practical focus alongside more traditional research projects.

Specific Entry Requirements

Students applying for the Level 3 BTEC in Music should achieve at the very least a Level 4 in English Language, Maths and 3 other GCSE subjects. Students invited for interview will be asked to prepare some form of musical performance along with a written task set by the CMSS. This work will be assessed by the subject specialist as part of the interview process and will contribute to the decision of an offer being made.


Using the Studio School’s industry standard, technical equipment and working spaces, you will be assessed in the following ways:

  • Doing presentations and writing reports or essays.
  • Practical assessments.
  • Regular band performances.
  • Recording and producing bands and mixing to CD etc.
  • Uploading work and music to the internet.

Currently all Music units are assessed internally. However, a new specification is expected in the early months of 2018 and it is strongly suspected an exam-based element will be introduced. Please see our website for updated information or log onto UCAS progress.


One of the biggest advantages of the Studio School is every department has unlimited access to all of the resources on offer. Each department does, however, specialise in an array of core resources. This enable students to get the most out of the resources closest to their chosen subject.

The Music department’s core resources are:

  • State of the art brand new industry standard recording studio with Pro Tools HDX (11) and a brand new Mac Pro
  • Three fully equipped music classroom spaces
  • Individual Practice rooms
  • Percussion/steel pan room
  • Variety of amps and PA
  • Full range of guitars
  • Full set of Woodwind and Brass Instruments
  • Variety of percussion, tuned and non-tuned, including 6 drum kits

Trips & Enrichment

In Music you will be encouraged to realise that Music is everywhere in society. This will come through performance and composition work, debates and research on the use of Music in society, time spent in the recording studio and performance events you will attend and take part in.

Here’s how we intend to enrich you experience further:

  • Staging large scale events such as Battle of the Bands, which you will, organise and perform in
  • Annual trip to ‘Compose Yourself’ in Manchester, to watch live performances and take part in practical workshops
  • Composition and Performance Workshops at Huddersfield University
  • Working with our business link ‘Ricky’s Rock School’ to develop performance skills, and understand the role of a Freelance Musician
  • Meetings and interviews with engaged Studio School businesses who can support you in your coursework when you need insights into the Music Industry
  • Opportunities to perform locally and nationally as part of a variety of ensembles
  • Training as a sound engineer in our state of the art recording studio

Outstanding Results

  • 100% pass rate achieved by all students.
  • 100% achieving at least Merit grades.

Future Pathways...

Many students who successfully complete the course go on to one of the following pathways:Graphic Design, Illustration or a related subject at University / Advertising / Art Direction / Book Designer / Branding Agency / Crafts / Digital or Film Designer / Direct Marketing / Graphic Designer / Magazine & Newspaper Design / Mobile Marketing / Packaging - Product Design / Spatial Design / TV & Cinema Advertising to name but a few.

Would You Like To Find Out More?

Maybe you have a question about the different range of units you can study? Or maybe you want a bit more info on the resources? Whatever your question, the Tutors are more than happy to answer any that you have. Get in touch and we’ll get back to you with all the answers.

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The Creative & Media Studio School is open to all young people who have a creative flare and are aged between 14 – 19 years old.

The Creative and Media Studio School was the first Studio School to open in the world in 2010. Since then it has achieved a series of fantastic outcomes for students. Today's news (14.08.2014) follows in that tradition and we are delighted

David Nicoll

Chief Executive of The Studio Schools Trust

With this course we will be the fashion designers of the future; we now have the skills and knowledge to excel, nothing can hold us back.

Alex & Danielle


I feel really privileged to be doing something I love with people that share the same passion. At the Studio School we inspire young artist's minds and support their creativity.

Wendy Taylor

Fine Art Coach

My Art lessons in the Studio School have shown me that it's not what you see, but what you make otherssee; I've been completely inspired.



With the skills I have developed and opportunities I have been given in the field of Graphic Design, I am positive that it will help me to lead a successful life with a very fulfilling career.



We see Graphic Design students as the future of visual communication. Learning the correct skills now will give them the edge over others in the work place.

James Armitage

Graphics Coach

Photography captures life. I'm so passionate about the projects I am able to complete with the quality of resources we have available.

Lucy Parish

Photography Coach

Photography means I can make Art out of real life objects. I love seeing how my skills can create amazing pieces of work, it's very exciting.



Wonder if. Think 'why not?' Explore how. Learn from craft professionals. Apply Knowledge. Make it happen. Enjoy success.

Sally Broadbent

Textiles Coach

Textiles at the Studio School has allowed us to express ourselves, explore different specialist techniques, find our inner creativity and apply it to exciting scenarios.



Teaching Business Studies to Studio School students has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my career, as they're learning in an environment where it all makes sense!

Laura Lee

Business Studies Coach

Learning Business in the Studio School has helped me realise that Business is everywhere and has enabled me to see the world through grown up eyes.



Creative Media Production gives me the skills, confidence and experience to work with external businesses and create professional video products whilst gaining a qualification.



I use my Broadcast Industry experience to develop skills, work ethic and strong business links so every single student stands out.

Micci Bromwich

Media Coach

Drama has really helped me to develop skills I can use in all my subjects. I've really grown in confidence because of the way I have been taught.



As a practitioner from industry, I am able to really support students by sharing my knowledge and professional practice.

Michael Cowen

Drama Coach

Music is a gateway to other cultures and traditions. Through it we explore the way new technologies have revolutionised the way we record, produce and listen to music."

Helen Turnbull

Music Coach

It's helped me to realise the number of employment opportunities available in the Music Industry, giving me the skills to succeed in any profession. I've developed skills in communication, teamwork, cooperation and Music Technology skills.



Studying Fashion is not just about researching new trends, it's about creating individuality, something our students get the chance to do.

Claire Ramsden

Fashion Coach

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