Music Technology and DJ and Electronic Music Pathway - Level 2 Intermediate Diploma (Full-Time)

Level 3 - A Level or BTEC National or IB or NVQ Level 3 or Equivalent

Subject Area Music

School Creative and Digital Technologies

Attendance Full-Time


This course has been developed and designed in response to industry requirements in order to produce professionals to pursue careers in the rapidly evolving DJ and electronic music industries.

Through this programme you will be provided with the opportunity and experience of producing original electronic music for example hip-hop, dubstep, drum & bass, breaks and house music etc.

You will gain experience or producing original tracks using Logic Pro and using industry standard equipment such as CDJs to develop your DJ skills further. You will get experience working in a number of real world environments for example our radio studio, professional venues, record company, and hi-spec recording studios.

The course comprises of intensive Logic workshops, lessons in using effects, master classes on a variety of skills e.g.. using Traktor/Ableton, and working with singers/MCs. As this is also an academic course you will attend lectures and seminars, submit written reports and develop business skills and real world projects such as promoting your music.

Everything you do will be music industry related, forging links between academic study, the development of technical skills and the music business itself. During your studies academic tutors, professional DJs and producers of international esteem will help develop students’ skills in performance, in a wide range of styles and techniques.


This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: 03/09/2018 at 09:00
Duration: 22 Weeks
Venue: Performance Academy, Rye Hill Campus

Who the course is for

This course is designed for those wanting to develop careers in the DJ and electronic music areas of the music profession and related multimedia industries such as: music production, live sound, stage lighting, music and sound for games etc.

The course is suitable for DJs and producers (and similar). Please note that all students are required to be take full part in sessions where you learn to produce original tracks in Logic.

If you are interested in music technology but are not interested in the DJ type area please see our alternative Music Technology course for Sound Engineers & Producers. This second option is also suitable for students who do not want to focus so heavily on their own original songs.


Qualification Gained

Successful completion of this course will lead you to attain a BTEC L3 90 Credit in Music Technology for DJ's.

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

You will have an opportunity to gain experience of producing original tracks using Logic & Ableton Live.

You will gain experience learning/improving DJ skills. All students will produce radio shows featuring their own music and will take part in live radio shows.

The international DJ market has evolved rapidly over the last two decades, and this course is designed to create skilled practitioners in the electronic music field whether as DJs, producers. You will develop comprehensive understanding of music production techniques such as advanced use of compression, reverb, delay, sampling and synthesis.

The course provides the opportunity for you to combine musical production ability, technological theory and sound manipulation skills in order to produce music.

We have one of the best equipped music education facilities in the world and provide specialist high-end facilities for production, recording vocalists, DJing and radio production. The goal of the course is to help you to produce music and sound content to industry standards.

Throughout the course, a wide variety of both technical and creative projects reflect current working practices and give you the opportunity to develop research and problem-solving skills.

Some of the areas studied include:

  • Music Production Techniques
  • Planning and Delivering a Music Product
  • Sequencing Systems and Techniques
  • The Sound and Music Industry
  • Sound Creation and Manipulation
  • DJ Skills
  • Marketing and Promotion in the Music Industry
  • Recording a Vocalist
  • Mastering

Your course will also includes functional skills and/or GCSE English and Maths.

English and mathematics will allow you to work confidently, effectively and independently in 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 English/Maths being embedded into all aspects of your course you will receive a dedicated lesson to enable you to develop your skills. If you have grade A-C in English and Maths you do not have to do these sessions. Otherwise it is a condition of government funding for you to do these lessons.

Learning Methods

The course is very practical, and you will be spending the majority of your time producing tracks in Logic. Specialist DJs will produce a certain minimum amount of original tracks but will be able to collaborate with the specialist producers for other tracks.

Specialist producers will not be expected to sing or MC but all students will use Logic and develop their DJ skills to at least be able to beat match, mix and perform a basic set. Learning is modelled on the real music industry and in particular record company, radio and clubs. All students will take part in radio shows and record label assignments as part of their course.

Despite this being a predominantly vocational programme you will be acquiring the relevant academic knowledge and theory elements through research and study so will inevitably spend some time in classrooms, lecture theatres and IT suites, but even there the emphasis is ultimately on practical music industry application.


Assessment Methods

The bulk of your assessment will be based on the evidence that you collect through your practical activity such as producing tracks, remixing tracks by pop students and radio shows, and will include tracks where recordings or a singer is mandatory.

There will be other similar evidence for example remixing tracks that you are given. You will be required to develop academic essay writing skills, write reports, keep logs and notes of meetings and discussions, make presentations, and provide written and verbal responses to questions.

You will be required to develop and improve your English, Maths and ICT skills whilst on the course. You will have the opportunity a gain an English/Maths qualification at the end of each academic year and attendance for these subjects is mandatory.


Progression Opportunities

On successful completion of this you could progress onto the 2nd year of the Extended Diploma in Music Technology for DJ's.

Career Opportunities

Professional DJ, radio DJ, producer, promoter, club or bar owner/manager etc.


Entry Requirements

A minimum of any 5 GCSEs A to C.

However, those who do not have a vocationally relevant subject must be able to demonstrate advanced ability in their interview such as a portfolio of tracks, MC/singing audition or DJ audition.

If English is not your first language, you will also need IELTS 5.0. Satisfactory reference.

You must be a practicing artist. This course is not for people just trying music. You must demonstrate to us that you are very serious about your music and that you have evidence of creating, performing and or producing music.


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

You will need closed back professional headphones, 8Gb USB stick, blank recordable CDs, pens, notebooks, styluses and relevant learning materials. Singers/MCs are expected to have their own dynamic recording mic (and XLR lead) such as a Shure SM58 or similar. Samson make dynamic mics for as little as £8 for example.

Some students bring their own Mac laptops running Logic but this is not a requirement of the course and you will have free access to these things.

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.

Learners aged 19 or over

Please note many courses will be available free of charge or at a discount depending on your age and circumstances. For friendly advice and to check your eligibility for free or discounted study please call our Student Services team on 0191 200 4000. Please note some courses are not eligible for any discounts. Please download a prospectus from the adults section of this website for details of the latest course fees.