Music Technology and DJ Production - Level 2 Diploma (Full-Time)

Level 2 - 5 GCSEs(A*-C) or BTEC 1st Diploma or NVQ level 2 or Equivalent

Subject Area Music

School NCL - Creative Industries

Attendance Full-Time


This exciting course is aimed at students who want to learn to use technology to create and record music. 

You will have the opportunity to work together with music perfomance students to record and produce music both in the studio and as part of a live set up in our music venue and radio studio.  Part of this course is to also complete projects in the use of DJ technology and radio production.


This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: September 2018. For further information, please call 0191 200 4000 or email
Duration: 34 Weeks
Venue: Performance Academy

Who the course is for

The course is for musicians who love technology and want to learn more about making their own music using music software and radio/DJ technology.

You should already have some experience of making music using technology or DJing.

Qualification Gained

Level 2 BTEC Diploma in Music which is equivalent to 5 GCSEs.

The course leads to the level 3 Extended Diploma in Music Technology & Production or DJ & Electronic Music.

How to Apply


Click on the "Apply for this course" button at the bottom of this page.

In Person

Come along to our Student Services Office, located within Armstrong Building. Alternatively, visit an Open Event at our Rye Hill Campus, click here for dates and times.


You can download an application here and post it FREE to:

Newcastle College
Rye Hill Campus
Scotswood Road
Newcastle upon Tyne

Alternatively call 0191 200 4000 and we will send you an application form.

Applications received for Art and Design and Digital Arts courses will require an interview and portfolio check.

Course Content

The course is based around creating and recording music as well as learning about the music industry.

You will be graded on areas such as your performance, promotion, recording and programming your original tracks. There are academic elements to the course for example researching and writing about record labels and the music industry. 

You will study units from the following list :

  • Exploring the Music Profession - information about the music business including record labels.
  • Exploring Musical Composition - producing original music through sequencing
  • Producing a Musical Recording - learning how to record original tracks in a studio
  • DJ Skills - improving your ability on the decks including 1210s, Traktor Scratch Pro, CDJs and other cutting edge DJ technology.
  • Planning and Creating a Music Product - planning and recording a single for release on the Internet.

Your course also includes functional skills. Functional skills are practical skills in English, information and communication technology (ICT) and mathematics that allow you to work confidently, effectively and independently in life, your community and work.

Possessing these skills will help you to progress in education, training and employment and make a positive contribution in the community in which you live and work.

As well as functional skills being embedded into all aspects of your course you will receive a dedicated functional skills lesson to enable you to develop your skills in one or two of the three functional skills.

Learning Methods

This is a practical music industry based course that is modelled around the idea of learning skills in the sound recording and music production areas of the music industry.

Assessment Methods

You will be assessed using a variety of assessment methods, including practical work i.e. programming of music tracks, your music productions, DJing, radio shows, and written work.

We also use video to capture this evidence and online evidence such as SoundCloud, YouTube and Facebook etc.

Progression Opportunities

On successful completion of this course you can progress to either of our Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma courses in Music Technology & Production or DJ & Electronic Music.

Both of these are full time two year courses equivalent to three full A Levels.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities can include many roles in the music industry and wider entertainment industries such as radio, television, advertising, film & computer games.

  • Sound Enginner
  • DJ
  • Producer 
  • Composer

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements are minimum of two D grades at GCSE and an interview. Your interview needs to include evidence of your music for example Youtube clips, music production examples, video, CD or SoundCloud etc.

Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, contact Student Services, based in Armstrong House at Rye Hill Campus. If you need information in another format (e.g. large print) or another language, please ask.

Student Services
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 8.30am - 4.30pm
Wednesday and Friday: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Monday - Friday: 8am - 4.30pm

Telephone Contact Centre
Monday - Thursday: 8.30am - 5pm
Friday: 8.30am - 4.30pm

You can also contact us via the following:

In person: Student Services, Armstrong House, Rye Hill Campus, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA.
By phone: (0191) 200 4000 By fax: (0191) 200 4517 By minicom: (0191) 272 3304
By e-mail:
By post: Student Services, Newcastle College, FREEPOST NT920, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA (you do not need a stamp). 

Course Costs

Many courses require students to have specialist equipment or materials, and there are other additional costs which should be noted.

For this course, they are as follows:


A4 Ring Binder £2.00
Manuscript Paper £2.50
A4 Lined paper £1.50
Stationery £2.50 - including pens and pencils
Headphones (closed back with stereo 1/4" jack adapter) £20
CD-R's and cases and DVD-R's for backing up and storing work £10
Storage pen £20 (USB memory stick) Instrument:according to specialism

Additional Course Costs

16 to 18s

Tuition is free for learners aged 16 to 18. A learner will continue to be eligible for free tuition for the duration of their qualification, this includes Year 2 of a qualification if the learner was aged 16-18 when they started in Year 1. Additional financial support may also be available for full-time learners, please call our Student Services team on 0191 200 4000 for more information.

Please note, if you are applying from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland you may be subject to different funding rules than students who live in England. Depending on your age and type of course you choose you may be liable for fees, even if you are under 19. Please contact Student Services on0191 200 4000 to discuss your eligibility with a Student Adviser.