Sound Engineering and Music Technology (7603)

Last Updated: 27 Sep 2016

City & Guilds has made the decision to not extend Media, Sound and Music qualifications any further than their current end date. They will remain open to certifications from 1-3 years depending on the level.

These qualifications were designed in joint collaboration with music industry experts and supported by J.A.M.E.S (Joint Audio Media Education Services) Creative and Cultural Skills, MPG, UK MUSIC and APRS. These qualifications will give you the practical skills and knowledge you need to work in the music industry. The qualifications are available as Awards, Certificates and Diplomas, and you pick the pathway for the area you want to specialise in. Highly current and relevant, these qualifications are well-respected in the UK and internationally. 
These qualifications are the technical certificates for the new Level 2 and 3 Sound Recording, Engineering and Studio Facilities Apprenticeship.
If you're interested in the music industry, these sound and music technology qualifications are the perfect way to get started. Designed for all age groups, these qualifications allow you to progress from Level 1 to Level 3, and then into a job or more training.
Available to deliver in the following:
  • England
  • Wales
  • Scotland
  • Northern Ireland
  • Ireland
  • International

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General Information

What Is Involved In Studying This Course?

What you cover will depend on the specialist pathway you choose. Areas covered include:

  • following safe working practices
  • sound recording skills
  • digital sound editing
  • MIDI sequencing and software
  • studio routing and wiring
  • microphones and direct inject (DI) techniques
  • dynamics and effects equipment multitrack recording and mixing
  • stereo microphone techniques
  • live sound and performance technology.

For a full list of units, download the qualification handbook from the key documents section

To get a Vocationally Related Qualification (VRQ) you learn with your training provider - maybe through practical sessions, group discussions or assignments. You'll need to complete one assignment for each unit.

VRQs are usually assessed by your training provider using assignments, practical task, exams or online tests.

Which level is right for me?

Level 1
You're just starting out and want a good basic understanding of the industry - enough to succeed in a job in the area or move on to further study.

Level 2
You have some knowledge and basic skills in the industry - probably from a role where you work under supervision. You want to increase your skills and take on more responsibility.

Level 3
You've worked in the industry for some time - you have plenty of experience, and your work might involve supervising others or managing resources. You want to develop your skills further, perhaps to move into a management role.

What Careers Can This Lead To?

These qualifications could help you work as a:

  • Music composer
  • Music teacher
  • Music therapist
  • Sound engineer in the recording industry
  • Sound engineer in the theatre
  • Sound technician.

You might also be interested in qualifications in:

  • Photo Imaging
  • Media Techniques.

What Is Involved With Delivering This Course?

To deliver a Vocationally Related Qualification (VRQ) you'll need to provide your learners with a suitable learning environment and the resources they need to complete the practical and theoretical aspects of the qualification. You will need qualified internal assessors.

The Sound and Music Technology VRQs are most suitable for centres that already offer sound engineering / music technology or creative media qualifications.

You can get fast-track approval if you offer the Level 1-3 Awards, Certificates and Diplomas in Sound and Music Technology (7503).

To find all the resource requirements, download the qualification handbook from the centre documents section.

Anyone can take this qualification, but you must make sure all your learners can access the resources they need to complete it.

Level 1

This level will suit you if you're just starting out and want a good basic understanding of the industry - enough to succeed in a job in the area or move on to further study.

At this level there are three different awards, each focusing on a different pathway, as well as a longer certificate and a diploma to choose between:

  • Level 1 Award in Sound Engineering and Music Technology ( Introduction to the Music Industry)
  • Level 1 Award in Sound Engineering and Music Technology (Introduction to Midi techniques)
  • Level 1 Award in Sound Engineering and Music Technology (Introduction to Sound recording and editing)
  • Level 1 Certificate in Sound Engineering and Music Technology
  • Level 1 Diploma in Sound and Music Technology.

The awards require that you complete two mandatory units. To achieve the certificate you complete six optional units and to gain the diploma, nine mandatory units.

Sample units include:

  • Follow safe working practices in music and sound industries
  • Occupational roles and employment in music and sound industries
  • Basic equipment connections for music and sound industries
  • MIDI sequencing and software
  • Digital sound editing

For a full list of units, download the qualification handbook from the centre documents section.

What Careers Can This Lead To?

These qualifications could help you work as a:

  • Music composer
  • Music teacher
  • Music therapist
  • Sound engineer in the recording industry
  • Sound engineer in the theatre
  • Sound technician.

You might also be interested in qualifications in:

  • Photo Imaging
  • Media Techniques.

Level 1 Award in Sound Engineering and Music Technology (7603-11)

Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2016

Level 1 Award in Sound Engineering and Music Technology (Introduction to Midi techniques)

  • Accreditation No: 501/0237/0 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: VRQ This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 9 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 80 - 80 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2017 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 1 Award in Sound Engineering and Music Technology (Introduction to Sound recording and editing)

  • Accreditation No: 501/0237/0 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 9 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 80 - 80 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2017 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 1 Award in Sound Engineering and Music Technology (Introduction to the Music Industry)

  • Accreditation No: 501/0237/0 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: VRQ This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 9 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 80 - 80 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2017 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 1 Certificate in Sound Engineering and Music Technology (7603-12)

Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2016

Level 1 Certificate in Sound Engineering and Music Technology

  • Accreditation No: 501/0492/5 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: VRQ This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 25 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 240 - 240 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2017 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 1 Diploma in Sound and Music Technology (7603-13)

Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2016

Level 1 Diploma in Sound and Music Technology

  • Accreditation No: 500/8805/1 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: VRQ This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 43 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 360 - 360 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2017 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 2

This level will suit you if you have some knowledge and basic skills in the industry - probably from a role where you work under supervision. You want to increase your skills and take on more responsibility.

At this level, you choose between the following qualifications:

  • Level 2 Award in Sound Engineering and Music Technology
  • Level 2 Certificate in Sound and Music Technology (Sound Engineering)
  • Level 2 Certificate in Sound and Music Technology (Sound and Composition)
  • Level 2 Certificate in Sound and Music Technology (Technical Assistant)
  • Level 2 Diploma in Sound and Music Technology.

To achieve the award, you choose two units to complete a maximum of 12 credits from a wide range that includes:

  • Employment opportunities, roles and responsibilities in music and sound industries
  • Mixing and recording consoles
  • Music instrument digital interface (MIDI)
  • Sampling and synthesis technology for music and sound industries
  • Studio sound synchronisation (film clips).

The three certificates focus on different pathways. You complete five or six units depending on which pathway you choose. Sample units include:

  • Microphones and direct inject (DI) techniques
  • Equalisation for music and sound industries
  • Dynamics and effects equipment for music and sound industries.

The diploma is made up of six mandatory units, plus five optional units from a broad range that includes:

  • Audio analysis for sound engineers
  • Session management for sound engineers
  • Composing with MIDI-based music technology.
  • For a full list of units, download the qualification handbook from the centre documents section.

    What Careers Can This Lead To?

    These qualifications could help you work as a:

    • Music composer
    • Music teacher
    • Music therapist
    • Sound engineer in the recording industry
    • Sound engineer in the theatre
    • Sound technician.

    You might also be interested in qualifications in:

    • Photo Imaging
    • Media Techniques.

    Level 2 Award in Sound Engineering and Music Technology (7603-21)

    Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2016

    Level 2 Award in Sound Engineering and Music Technology

    • Accreditation No: 501/0242/4 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
    • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
    • Credits: 8 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
    • Guided Learning Hours: 80 - 80 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
    • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
    • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
    • Last Certification: 31/12/2018 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

    Level 2 Certificate in Sound and Music Technology (7603-22)

    Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2016

    Level 2 Certificate in Sound and Music Technology (Sound and Composition)

    • Accreditation No: 500/9890/1 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
    • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
    • Credits: 30 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
    • Guided Learning Hours: 206 - 240 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
    • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
    • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
    • Last Certification: 31/12/2018 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

    Level 2 Certificate in Sound and Music Technology (Sound Engineering)

    • Accreditation No: 500/9890/1 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
    • Type: VRQ This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
    • Credits: 30 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
    • Guided Learning Hours: 206 - 240 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
    • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
    • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
    • Last Certification: 31/12/2018 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

    Level 2 Certificate in Sound and Music Technology (Technical Assistant)

    • Accreditation No: 500/9890/1 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
    • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
    • Credits: 30 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
    • Guided Learning Hours: 206 - 240 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
    • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
    • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
    • Last Certification: 31/12/2018 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

    Level 2 Diploma in Sound and Music Technology (7603-23)

    Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2016

    Level 2 Diploma in Sound and Music Technology

    • Accreditation No: 500/8806/3 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
    • Type: VRQ This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
    • Credits: 59 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
    • Guided Learning Hours: 440 - 440 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
    • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
    • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
    • Last Certification: 31/12/2018 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

    Level 3

    One or more pathways within this qualification has been approved by the DfE to appear in the 2016 Performance Tables. To review the qualifications approved please click here.

    Level 3 is ideal if you've worked in the industry for some time - you have plenty of experience, and your work might involve supervising others or managing resources. You want to develop your skills further, perhaps to move into a management role.

    Awards, certificates and diplomas available at this level are:

    • Level 3 Award in Audio Mastering, Restoration and Editing
    • Level 3 Award in Advanced audio electronics and Connectivity
    • Level 3 Award in Live Sound and Performance Technology
    • Level 3 Certificate in Music Technology and Sound Engineering
    • Level 3 Certificate in Multitrack Recording and Microphone Techniques
    • Level 3 Certificate in Multitrack Recording and Composition
    • Level 3 Certificate in Software Sound Manipulation and Composition
    • Level 3 Certificate in Multitrack Recording and Automation
    • Level 3 Certificate in Sound Engineering Development
    • Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music Technology and Sound Engineering
    • Level 3 Diploma in Music Technology and Sound Engineering
    • Level 3 Diploma in Sound Engineering
    • Level 3 Diploma in Professional Sound Engineering Skills
    • Level 3 Diploma in Professional Sound and Composition Techniques.

    To gain one of the awards, you need to complete one or two mandatory units, depending on the pathway you choose.

    For the certificates, you complete two or four core units, again depending on the pathway you choose.

    To achieve one of the diplomas, you complete between four and six core units and, depending on the area of specialism, a number of optional units may be required.

    For full details about all units and requirements, download the qualification handbook from the centre documents section.

    What Careers Can This Lead To?

    These qualifications could help you work as a:

    • Music composer
    • Music teacher
    • Music therapist
    • Sound engineer in the recording industry
    • Sound engineer in the theatre
    • Sound technician.

    You might also be interested in qualifications in:

    • Photo Imaging
    • Media Techniques.

    Level 3 Awards in Music Technology and Sound Engineering (7603-31)

    Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2016

    Level 3 Award in Live Sound and Performance Technology

    • Accreditation No: 500/8890/7 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
    • Type: VRQ This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
    • Credits: 8 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
    • Guided Learning Hours: 60 - 60 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
    • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
    • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
    • Last Certification: 31/12/2019 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

    Level 3 Award in Advanced Audio Electronics and Connectivity

    • Accreditation No: 500/8891/9 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
    • Type: VRQ This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
    • Credits: 11 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
    • Guided Learning Hours: 110 - 110 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
    • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
    • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
    • Last Certification: 31/12/2019 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

    Level 3 Award in Audio Mastering, Restoration and Editing

    • Accreditation No: 500/8892/0 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
    • Type: VRQ This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
    • Credits: 12 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
    • Guided Learning Hours: 120 - 120 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
    • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
    • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
    • Last Certification: 31/12/2019 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

    Level 3 Certificates in Music Technology and Sound Engineering (7603-32)

    Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2016

    Level 3 Certificate in Software Sound Manipulation and Composition

    • Accreditation No: 500/8893/2 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
    • Type: VRQ This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
    • Credits: 16 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
    • Guided Learning Hours: 120 - 120 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
    • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
    • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
    • Last Certification: 31/12/2019 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

    Level 3 Certificate in Multitrack Recording and Automation

    • Accreditation No: 500/8894/4 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
    • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
    • Credits: 14 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
    • Guided Learning Hours: 140 - 140 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
    • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
    • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
    • Last Certification: 31/12/2019 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

    Level 3 Certificate in Multitrack Recording and Composition

    • Accreditation No: 500/8895/6 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
    • Type: VRQ This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
    • Credits: 16 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
    • Guided Learning Hours: 140 - 140 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
    • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
    • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
    • Last Certification: 31/12/2019 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

    Level 3 Certificate in Music Technology and Sound Engineering

    • Accreditation No: 500/8896/8 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
    • Type: VRQ This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
    • Credits: 24 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
    • Guided Learning Hours: 240 - 240 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
    • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
    • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
    • Last Certification: 31/12/2019 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

    Level 3 Certificate in Multitrack Recording and Microphone Techniques

    • Accreditation No: 500/8897/X This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
    • Type: VRQ This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
    • Credits: 16 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
    • Guided Learning Hours: 140 - 140 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
    • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
    • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
    • Last Certification: 31/12/2019 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

    Level 3 Certificate in Sound Engineering Development

    • Accreditation No: 500/9121/9 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
    • Type: VRQ This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
    • Credits: 29 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
    • Guided Learning Hours: 250 - 250 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
    • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
    • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
    • Last Certification: 31/12/2019 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

    Level 3 Diplomas in Music Technology and Sound Engineering (7603-33)

    Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2016

    Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music Technology and Sound Engineering

    • Accreditation No: 500/8804/X This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
    • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
    • Credits: 62 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
    • Guided Learning Hours: 600 - 600 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
    • Total Qualification Time: 6200 This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
    • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
    • Last Certification: 31/12/2019 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

    Level 3 Diploma in Professional Sound and Composition Techniques

    • Accreditation No: 500/8889/0 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
    • Type: VRQ This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
    • Credits: 47 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
    • Guided Learning Hours: 430 - 430 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
    • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
    • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
    • Last Certification: 31/12/2019 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

    Level 3 Diploma in Professional Sound Engineering Skills

    • Accreditation No: 500/9067/7 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
    • Type: VRQ This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
    • Credits: 44 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
    • Guided Learning Hours: 420 - 420 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
    • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
    • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
    • Last Certification: 31/12/2019 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

    Level 3 Diploma in Music Technology and Sound Engineering

    • Accreditation No: 500/9211/X This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
    • Type: VRQ This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
    • Credits: 48 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
    • Guided Learning Hours: 480 - 480 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
    • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
    • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
    • Last Certification: 31/12/2019 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

    Level 3 Diploma in Sound Engineering

    • Accreditation No: 500/9350/2 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
    • Type: VRQ This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
    • Credits: 38 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
    • Guided Learning Hours: 360 - 360 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
    • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
    • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
    • Last Certification: 31/12/2019 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

    Here you can find all documents related to this suite of qualifications.

    By clicking on the section headings below, you can access a variety of documents such as the qualification handbooks and assessment materials, Statements of Purpose, and recognition letters from industry and employers.

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