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									National Certificate in Music (G978 46)
Course overview and skills development summary
Introduction
National Certificates are made up of Units. Each Unit is mapped against an agreed set of
national standards to identify the appropriate level and credit value defined by the Scottish
Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF).

The SCQF level is a measure of how hard the Unit is.

The credit value is a measure of the time, on average, it should take a learner to achieve the
Unit. A single-credit Unit works out at an average of 40 hours teaching time and 20 hours
self-directed learning. A double credit Unit works out an average of 80 hours teaching time
and 40 hours self directed learning. If you’d like more information, it is available at
www.scqf.org.uk.

Most National Certificates have mandatory and optional Units:

 Mandatory Units provide the generic knowledge, understanding and skills needed to be
  successful in your chosen career. Every student has to complete them.
 Optional Units give you an opportunity to choose a particular area of interest that you
  would like to learn about.

This document provides information about the Units that make up your Course and the skills
you will be developing as you work through each Unit. It explains:

 the way you will use Core Skills in your chosen area of work
 how the Course is structured

It also describes the purpose of each Unit in the Course, including:

 the subject-specific skills you will develop in each Unit
 the Core Skills you will develop naturally as you work through each Unit
 any Core Skill or Core Skill component that will be recorded on your certificate




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Core Skills in your chosen area of work
Working in the music industry you will be using Core Skills every day.

Communication
You need to be able to communicate information clearly and take part in meetings where
you will discuss ideas with music industry personnel, eg music managers, A+R, publishers,
promoters, events managers, etc. You may be involved in songwriting/composing, session
work, music production, or promoting and organising live performances.

Numeracy
You need to be able to work with strict budgets and understand contractual obligations, eg
fees, percentages of ticket sales, royalty payments, taxation, National Insurance payments,
public liability cover, equipment insurances, copyright issues, etc.

Information and Communication Technology
Some aspects of the music industry rely heavily on ICT, and you will need to develop skills in
presenting information clearly using word processing and/or other ICT. Songwriting,
developing promotional material, and writing press releases or magazine articles all require
ICT skills. You will also be involved in collaborating and using digital media workstations,
and will make use of web-based multimedia sites.

Problem Solving
You will be working to solve challenging problems and issues on a daily basis. This could be
composing or arranging to meet a given brief, overcoming production issues during studio
sessions, or planning and organising the logistical aspects of touring.

Working with Others
In the music industry you will be faced with occasions where working with others effectively
is essential. This could be in session work with other musicians or performers, in the studio
during production with engineers and producers, composing, songwriting, and taking part in
group performances.




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Course structure for Music
To achieve this National Certificate you will need to achieve:

 seven Unit credits from the mandatory section
 five Unit credits from the optional section

Mandatory Units (seven credits):

                                                 Unit         SCQF      Credit     Date
Unit title
                                                 code         level     value    achieved
Appreciation of Music                          F58M 12              6     1

Creative Project                               F58F 12              6     1
Music: An Introduction to the UK
                                               F58J 12              6     1
Music Industry
Music: Aural Skills                            F58L 11              5     1

Music: MIDI Sequencing                         F5DV 12              6     1

                                        AND any two from:

Music: Composing                               DV45 12              6     1

Music: Compositional Techniques                F5E9 12              6     1

Music: Live Performance                        F5E5 12              6     1
Performing Music on One Instrument
                                               F3F4 12              6     1
or Voice




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Optional Units (five credits):

Option A (three to five credits)

                                                 Unit         SCQF      Credit     Date
Unit title
                                                 code         level     value    achieved
Keyboard Skills for Music Production           DJ28 33              6     1

Music: Composing                               DV45 11              5     1

Music: Literacy                                F5EA 11              5     1

Music: Live Performance                        F58K 11              5     1
Music: Management in the Music
                                               F8LG 12              6     1
Industry
Music: MIDI Sequencing                         F5DX 11              5     1
Music: Organising a Community-
                                               F5E6 13              7     1
based Musical Activity
Music: Promotion in the Music
                                               F8LF 12              6     1
Industry
Music: Songwriting                             F5EB 12              6     1

Music: Technical Support                       F5E2 12              6     1

Music: Visuals for Live Performance            F5E4 13              7     1
Performing Music on One Instrument
                                               F3F4 11              5     1
or Voice
Performing Music on One Instrument
                                               F3F4 13              7     1
or Voice
Sound Engineering and Production              F5DW 11               5     1

Sound Engineering and Production               F58H 12              6     1

Sound: Design                                  F5DY 12              6     1
Sound: Digital DJing — An
                                               F5E3 12              6     1
Introduction
Sound: Music Remixing                          F5E1 12              6     1

Sound: Reinforcement                           F5E0 12              6     1

Sound: Synthesis and Sampling Skills           F58N 12              6     1




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Option B (maximum of two credits)

                                                 Unit         SCQF      Credit     Date
Unit title
                                                 code         level     value    achieved
Applied Multimedia                            DM4D 11               5     1

Applied Multimedia                            DM4D 12               6     1

Digital Media: Video Acquisition               F1JW 10              4     1

Digital Media: Video Editing                   F1KV 11              5     1

French for Work Purposes                       F3CG 11              5     1

French for Work Purposes                       F3CG 12              6     1

German for Work Purposes                       F3CC 11              5     1

German for Work Purposes                       F3CC 12              6     1

Italian for Work Purposes                      F3CB 11              5     1

Italian for Work Purposes                      F3CB 12              6     1

Media: Making a Radio Programme                F57X 12              6     2

Media: Radio Feature Production                F581 12              6     1

Media: Radio Interviewing                      F58B 12              6     1
Media: Radio Music Programme
                                               F58D 11              5     1
Production
Spanish for Work Purposes                      F3C7 11              5     1

Spanish for Work Purposes                      F3C7 12              6     1




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Unit summaries
This section provides a brief description of each Unit in the Course. It explains:

   the purpose of each Unit
   the subject-specific skills you will learn for each Unit
   which Core Skills you will be developing as you work through each Unit
   which Core Skill or Core Skill components are recorded in your Core Skills profile on
    your certificate

The Unit summaries are in alphabetical order so you can find them easily. This might not be
the order you do them in.


Applied Multimedia (DM4D 11) 1 credit
In this Unit, you will learn about the principles of multimedia applications. You will also
develop skills in developing multimedia applications through the use of contemporary
hardware and software.

You will:

 interconnect and use a wide range of multimedia devices, using your understanding of
  the component architecture and software setup
 find and correct faults in a multimedia setup
 organise systems through planning and documentation

This Unit has the Problem Solving components of Critical Thinking and Planning and
Organising embedded in it, so when you achieve the Unit your Core Skills profile will be
updated to show you have achieved Critical Thinking, and Planning and Organising at SCQF
level 5.


Applied Multimedia (DM4D 12) 1 credit
In this Unit, you will learn about the principles of multimedia applications. You will also
develop your skills in developing multimedia applications using contemporary hardware and
software.

You will:

 interconnect and use a wide range of multimedia devices, using your understanding of
  the component architecture and software setup
 find and correct faults in a multimedia setup
 organise systems through planning and documentation

This Unit has the Problem Solving components of Critical Thinking and Planning and
Organising embedded in it, so when you achieve the Unit, your Core Skills profile will be
updated to show you have achieved Critical Thinking and Planning and Organising at SCQF
level 6.

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Appreciation of Music (F58M 12) 1 credit
In this Unit, you will learn about the distinguishing features of a range of music genres.

You will:

 research and investigate a range of musical genres
 critically compare at least two of these genres and report on the main components of
  each while giving examples of at least three performers/groups who have contributed
  significantly to that particular style of music
 report on the historical and cultural background of a single chosen genre giving examples
  of performers/groups who have made a significant contribution to its development and
  provide audio clips to highlight the musical features of the genre

As you are doing this Unit you will be developing aspects of the Core Skills in
Communication, Problem Solving and Working with Others.


Creative Project (F58F 12) 1 credit
In this Unit, you will develop skills for planning, implementing and evaluating a creative
project in a context such as music, drama, dance or art and design.

You will:

 produce a project plan detailing the intentions of the creative project intentions, the
  equipment and resources required, and the project timescale
 implement the project plan
 record the progress of the project, detailing any problems encountered and the
  effectiveness of techniques/equipment used
 produce an evaluation of the project in either written or oral form

As you are doing this Unit you will be developing aspects of the Core Skills in
Communication and Problem Solving.




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Digital Media: Video Acquisition (F1JW 10) 1 credit
In this Unit, you will learn the skills you will need to produce a short digital video sequence to
meet a brief.
You will:

 learn the basic components of digital media resources and their functions
 create a script or storyboard for a brief
 create a production schedule
 identify the required hardware and software
 identify copyright implications of video acquisition and current health and safety
  implications
 acquire digital material
 edit and present the final sequence in a format that’s appropriate to the brief

As you are doing this Unit you will be developing aspects of the Core Skills in Problem
Solving, Information and Communication Technology, and Communication.


Digital Media: Video Editing (F1KV 11) 1 credit
In this Unit, you will learn the skills you will need to acquire a short digital video narrative.

You will:

   identify and describe the hardware and software requirements of digital video acquisition
   devise a script or storyboard to meet a brief
   plan a strategy for acquiring digital video material
   present the edited narrative in a format that’s appropriate to the brief
   evaluate the finished product and your own performance

As you are doing this Unit you will be developing aspects of the Core Skills in
Communication, Problem Solving, and Information and Communication Technology.


French for Work Purposes (F3CG 11) 1 credit
In this Unit you will develop the skills needed for writing and speaking French in a vocational
context, with a French speaker, in this country or in the countries where French is spoken.

As you are doing this Unit you will be developing aspects of the Core Skills in
Communication.


French for Work Purposes (F3CG 12) 1 credit
In this Unit you will develop the skills needed for writing and speaking French in a vocational
context, with a French speaker, in this country or in the countries where French is spoken.
As you are doing this Unit you will be developing aspects of the Core Skills in
Communication.

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German for Work Purposes (F3CC 11) 1 credit
In this Unit you will develop the skills needed for writing and speaking German in a
vocational context, with a German speaker, in this country or in the countries where German
is spoken.

As you are doing this Unit you will be developing aspects of the Core Skills in
Communication.


German for Work Purposes (F3CC 12) 1 credit
In this Unit you will develop the skills needed for writing and speaking German in a
vocational context, with a German speaker, in this country or in the countries where German
is spoken.

As you are doing this Unit you will be developing aspects of the Core Skills in
Communication.


Italian for Work Purposes (F3CB 11) 1 credit
In this Unit you will develop the skills needed for writing and speaking Italian in a vocational
context, with an Italian speaker, in this country or in the countries where Italian is spoken.

As you are doing this Unit you will be developing aspects of the Core Skills in
Communication.


Italian for Work Purposes (F3CB 12) 1 credit
In this Unit you will develop the skills needed for writing and speaking Italian in a vocational
context, with an Italian speaker, in this country or in the countries where Italian is spoken.

As you are doing this Unit you will be developing aspects of the Core Skills in
Communication.


Keyboard Skills for Music Production (DJ28 33) 1 credit
In this Unit, you will learn about keyboard instruments and develop your basic musicianship.

You will:

   learn and practise basic keyboard skills
   demonstrate effective hand co-ordination and keyboard technique
   learn chord symbols
   perform at the keyboard
   demonstrate an understanding of harmonic principles

As you are doing this Unit you will be developing aspects of the Core Skills in Problem
Solving.



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Media: Making a Radio Programme (F57X 12) 2 credits
In this Unit you will develop the skills and techniques needed to make speech-based radio
programmes of a quality suitable for a magazine-type programme.

You will:

 research and evaluate the different types of broadcasting and the different factors that
  affect broadcasting
 plan and organise the production of a programme
 select and use equipment to record sound in both a live and studio environment
 edit sound and mix pre-recorded sound with live sound
 conduct interviews and monitor sound levels using meters on recording equipment and
  in editing applications, either by on-screen meters or waveform representation
 carry out simple calculations relating to length of segments and finished programme
 use a sound editing and mixing application in depth

As you are doing this Unit you will be developing aspects of the Core Skills in
Communication, Problem Solving, Information and Communication Technology, Working
with Others, and Numeracy.


Media: Radio Feature Production (F581 12) 1 credit
In this Unit you will learn how to format and analyse language structures used in radio
feature programmes.

You will:

 study at least two radio features and describe common formats and structures within
  them
 identify the target audiences for the features and the style, language, format, etc being
  used
 plan, research, script, produce and edit a feature of your own to a given brief

As you are doing this Unit you will be developing aspects of the Core Skills in
Communication, Problem Solving, and Information and Communication Technology.




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Media: Radio Interviewing (F58B 12) 1 credit
In this Unit you will learn the key factors that affect radio interviews, including microphones,
location, research, questioning techniques and communication. In addition, you will develop
skills in planning and conducting radio interviews.

You will:

 describe the key factors affecting radio interviews, including microphone choice, mic
  positioning, location, questioning techniques and NVC
 research and produce a plan for a suitable interview, ensuring the technical and
  performance skills gained are used correctly and appropriately
 conduct and record oral interviews in the studio and on location

As you are doing this Unit you will be developing aspects of the Core Skills in
Communication, Problem Solving, and Information and Communication Technology.


Media: Radio Music Programme Production (F58D 11) 1 credit
In this Unit you will learn about a broad range of music programmes and the key factors
which affect the production of these programmes, including audience, transmission time and
music scheduling. In addition, you will develop skills in producing and presenting your own
radio music programme.

You will:

 identify a range of radio music programmes and describe key factors that may affect
  them including audience, jingles/indents and times of transmission
 describe the scheduling policy and licensing requirements of radio music programmes
  and the ways stations, programmes and presenters may influence them
 produce and present your own short radio programme to a given brief

As you are doing this Unit you will be developing aspects of the Core Skills in
Communication, Problem Solving, and Information and Communication Technology.




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Music: An Introduction to the UK Music Industry (F58J 12) 1 credit
In this Unit, you will learn about basic structure of the UK music industry, the functions of the
key organisations in the industry, and the relationship between them.

You will:

 identify and research the main organisations in the UK music industry and explain
  existing relationships between them
 research a range of available careers in the UK music industry and choose three to cover
  in a report detailing the main responsibilities for each and the skills needed to succeed in
  them
 research relevant health and safety issues, current copyright legislation and report on the
  impact they have in the UK music industry

As you are doing this Unit you will be developing aspects of the Core Skills in
Communication and Problem Solving.


Music: Aural Skills (F58l 11) 1 credit
In this Unit, you will develop aural discrimination skills so you can apply them to a variety of
musical contexts and situations.

You will need to use multimedia to listen to music and identify and discuss a variety of
musical features.

As you are doing this Unit you will be developing aspects of the Core Skills in
Communication and Problem Solving.


Music: Composing (DV45 11) 1 credit
In this Unit, you will develop skills in composition by completing an audio folio of
composition.

You will:

   compose and record two pieces of music
   show control over rhythm, harmony and melody
   display elements of improvisation and effective arrangement where appropriate
   produce programme note/score sheets for each composition

As you are doing this Unit you will be developing aspects of the Core Skills in Problem
Solving.




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Music: Composing (DV45 12) 1 credit
In this Unit, you will develop skills in composition by completing an audio folio of two
compositions.

You will:

   compose and record two pieces of music
   show control over rhythm, harmony, melody and timbre
   display elements of improvisation and effective arrangement where appropriate
   produce programme note/score sheets for each composition

As you are doing this Unit you will be developing aspects of the Core Skills in Problem
Solving.


Music: Compositional Techniques (F5E9 12)
In this Unit you will learn about creative and technical skills that are used in composition,
including structure, arrangement, technology and instrumentation. You will learn about
different uses for compositions, and different compositional techniques used in these areas.

Using digital multimedia, you will research and demonstrate your knowledge and
understanding of compositional techniques through written and oral communication. You will
be able to openly discuss a wide range of styles and genres.

As you are doing this Unit you will be developing aspects of the Core Skills in
Communication, Information and Communication Technology, Problem Solving, and
Working with Others.


Music: Literacy (F5EA 11)
In this Unit you will learn how to read music in the form of staff notation on a simple score or
lead sheet. In addition, you will learn about musical notation and symbols; the basic building
blocks used to communicate musical ideas to others, including scale construction, basic
chord function, key signatures and time signatures.

You will demonstrate your ability to recognise musical notation and to communicate this in
written or oral form. You will use multimedia to demonstrate your ability to recognise musical
notation.

As you are doing this Unit you will be developing aspects of the Core Skills in
Communication and Information and Communication Technology.




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Music: Live Performance (F58K 11) 1 credit
In this Unit, you will develop skills in preparing for and performing live music in a group or
solo context.

You will:

   select and rehearse a programme of music
   detail the technical requirements for the performance
   perform the programme at a live event
   evaluate your performance

As you are doing this Unit you will be developing aspects of the Core Skills in
Communication and Problem Solving.


Music: Live Performance (F5E5 12) 1 credit
In this Unit, you will develop skills in preparing for and performing live music in a group or
solo context.

You will:

 rehearse a programme of music
 detail the technical requirements for the performance
 perform part of the programme at a short live event
 evaluate your own performance, and then implement strategies to improve your
  musicianship during a longer performance of the full programme at a larger live event
 demonstrate accuracy in pitch, tempo, phrasing and dynamics during your final
  performance

As you are doing this Unit you will be developing aspects of the Core Skills in
Communication and Problem Solving.


Music: Management in the Music Industry (F8LG 12) 1 credit
In this Unit, you will learn about the role of artist managers, the resources they manage, and
the skills they need.

You will:

 research management roles in the music industry, identifying their areas of responsibility
  and required skills
 create a management plan to develop a chosen artist’s career, which should include
  career goals, target market, contractual requirements, copyright protection agencies, and
  budget requirements for recording and performing

As you are doing this Unit you will be developing aspects of the Core Skills in
Communication and Problem Solving.

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Music: MIDI Sequencing (F5DX 11) 1 credit
In this Unit, you will learn how to use a MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) sequencer
to create, edit and mix music.

You will:

 arrange and/or compose a MIDI sequence using a sequencer, demonstrating an
  understanding of sequencer features
 edit your MIDI sequence
 create a final mix using the appropriate editing and controller functions effectively and
  creatively to satisfy your brief
 save the finished product to an appropriate medium

As you are doing this Unit you will be developing aspects of the Core Skills in Information
and Communication Technology, and Problem Solving.


Music: MIDI Sequencing (F5DV 12) 1 credit
In this Unit, you will learn how to use a MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) sequencer
to create, edit and mix music.

You will:

 identify and configure a MIDI system to allow the transmission and capture of MIDI data
 arrange and/or compose a sequence via appropriate hardware/software, demonstrating
  an understanding of sequencer features you used
 edit your MIDI sequence
 identify and correct technical errors
 create a final mix using editing and controller functions effectively and creatively to satisfy
  your brief
 save the finished product to an appropriate medium

As you are doing this Unit you will be developing aspects of the Core Skills in Information
and Communication Technology, and Problem Solving.




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Music: Organising a Community-based Musical Activity (F5E6 13)
1 credit
In this Unit, you will develop the skills needed to plan, implement and evaluate the success
of a community-based musical activity.

You will:

   research a range of activities or events that are suitable for use in a community
   organise and implement the chosen event
   liaise with people involved in the event
   produce documentation detailing the running order
   work co-operatively with others in establishing solutions to problems arising from the
    production

As you are doing this Unit you will be developing aspects of the Core Skills in
Communication, Problem Solving and Working with Others.


Music: Promotion in the Music Industry (F8LF 12) 1 credit
In this Unit, you will learn about the roles involved in promotion in the music industry, the
functions they perform and the different methods used to enhance the exposure of a music
product.

You will:

 identify different types of promotion used in the music industry and key personnel
  involved
 identify products and services in the music industry that would benefit from promotion and
  select one to promote
 produce a plan to promote your selected music product or service, following a brief —
  your plan should include selecting suitable promotional tools, materials, resources, key
  tasks and timescales
 carry out the plan
 review the progress of the project plan at agreed review dates

As you are doing this Unit you will be developing aspects of the Core Skills in
Communication and Problem Solving.




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Music: Songwriting (F5EB 12)
In this Unit you will learn about the way lyrics and melody can be combined to create a
successful song, and will develop skills in songwriting.

You will:

 develop skills in communicating with fellow songwriters and performers
 develop editing skills for song formats, eg radio edit, club edit, etc
 determine the legalities of copyright in recordings

As you are doing this Unit you will be developing aspects of the Core Skills in
Communication, Problem Solving, Information and Communication Technology, and
Working with Others.


Music: Technical Support (F5E2 12) 1 credit
In this Unit, you will develop skills needed to provide technical support to musicians or sound
engineers, either in a performance environment or in a recording studio. You will develop
skills in assembling, tuning and maintaining a drum kit and guitar, and soldering and testing
leads. You will also learn about Portable Appliance Testing (PAT).

You will:

 work with music industry personnel and identify their needs
 specify and set up equipment in both live performance and recording studio environments
 find faults and provide a solution to enable completion of the project or task

As you are doing this Unit you will be developing aspects of the Core Skills in
Communication, Problem Solving and Working with Others.


Music: Visuals for Live Performance (F5E4 13) 1 credit
In this Unit, you will learn about video as a means of visually enhancing a live music
performance. You will also develop the skills you will need to play back visual material as
part of a live event.

You will:

 prepare material for visual playback
 specify and set up a simple visual playback system
 use basic visual playback techniques during a live event

As you are doing this Unit you will be developing aspects of the Core Skills in
Communication and Problem Solving.




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Performing Music on One Instrument or Voice (F3F4 11) 1 credit
In this Unit, you will develop skills in solo instrumental or vocal performance.

You will:

 rehearse a varied programme of music
 expand your knowledge of your chosen instrument/voice and its repertoire
 present a musical performance

You will:

   manage your music practice routine
   plan and organise effectively
   constantly review and evaluate your progress
   describe the music you perform in a written programme

As you are doing this Unit you will be developing aspects of the Core Skills in Problem
Solving and Communication.


Performing Music on One Instrument or Voice (F3F4 12) 1 credit
In this Unit, you will develop relatively complex skills in solo instrumental or vocal
performance.

You will:

 rehearse a varied programme of music
 expand your knowledge of your chosen instrument/voice and its repertoire
 present a musical performance

You will:

   manage your music practice routine
   plan and organise effectively
   constantly review and evaluate your progress
   describe the music you perform in a written programme

As you are doing this Unit you will be developing aspects of the Core Skills in Problem
Solving and Communication.




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Performing Music on One Instrument or Voice (F3F4 13) 1 credit
In this Unit, you will develop skills in solo instrumental or vocal performance to an advanced
level.

You will:

 rehearse a varied programme of music
 develop a broad knowledge of your chosen instrument/voice and its repertoire
 present a musical performance

As you are doing this Unit you will be developing aspects of the Core Skills in
Communication and Problem Solving.


Sound Engineering and Production (F5DW 11) 1 credit
In this Unit, you will learn to use multi-track recording equipment to record and mix audio,
use sound engineering equipment and techniques to create a multi-track recording, and then
use this material to produce an edited stereo mix.

You will:

 use audio recording equipment and techniques to create a multi-track recording while
  showing a detailed understanding of microphone placement and techniques, signal path
  and gain structure
 use this material to produce an edited stereo mix to meet a brief
 demonstrate a detailed understanding of level-balancing, signal routing and signal
  processing

As you are doing this Unit you will be developing aspects of the Core Skills in
Communication, Problem Solving and Working with Others.




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Sound Engineering and Production (F58H 12) 1 credit
In this Unit, you will develop skills in practical and creative sound engineering and
production. This will allow you to use multi-track recording equipment to record and mix
audio from a variety of sources.

You will:

 use audio recording equipment and techniques to create a multi-track recording to a
  given brief while showing a detailed understanding of microphone placement and
  techniques, signal path, gain structure, signal processing and overdubbing
 produce an edited stereo mix from multi-track source material, and demonstrate a
  detailed understanding of level-balancing, signal routing and signal processing to produce
  a final mastered product to satisfy your brief
 maintain a recording log detailing the equipment and techniques you used throughout
  your sessions, and complete a recording track sheet

As you are doing this Unit you will be developing aspects of the Core Skills in
Communication, Problem Solving and Working with Others.


Sound: Design (F5DY 12) 1 credit
In this Unit you will learn about the supporting role of sound and music in narrative and
image for a variety of mediums such as film, television, radio, theatre and computer games.
In addition, you will develop skills in using sound design techniques to produce soundtracks
to support different mediums.

You will:

 research and describe how sound and music are used to support various mediums
 analyse two different mediums and demonstrate a detailed understanding of sound
  design terminology
 evaluate the effectiveness of the sound and music in relation to the style of that medium
 present your evaluation
 design and create soundtracks to support two mediums
 create sound design maps and a storyboard
 evaluate your work and present the results demonstrating a detailed understanding of
  appropriate sound design terminology and techniques

As you are doing this Unit you will be developing aspects of the Core Skills in
Communication, Problem Solving, and Information and Communication Technology.




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Sound: Digital DJing: An Introduction (F5E3 12) 1 credit
In this Unit you will develop skills in performing a digital DJ set.

You will:

   learn about contemporary DJ practice
   use digital hardware and software
   demonstrate basic mixing techniques
   prepare audio for performance
   set up a digital system
   perform a digital DJ set

As you are doing this Unit you will be developing aspects of the Core Skills in
Communication, Information and Communication Technology, and Problem Solving.


Sound: Music Remixing (F5E1 12) 1 credit
In this Unit you will learn about remixing music using audio software packages, the purpose
of remixing music, the legal implications of remixing music, and the techniques that can be
applied when remixing music. In addition, you will develop skills in using audio software to
remix music.

You will:

 research and critically compare music remixing styles displaying an understanding of
  remixing techniques, styles/genres and UK copyright legislation
 present your findings
 remix music tracks to a given brief
 perform effective editing techniques, signal processing, ensure pitch and tempo
  matching between tracks and save final product to an appropriate format

As you are doing this Unit you will be developing aspects of the Core Skills in
Communication, Information and Communication Technology and Problem Solving.




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Sound: Reinforcement (F5E0 12) 1 credit
In this Unit you will learn about the components of sound reinforcement systems. In addition,
you will develop skills in the safe connection and operation of simple sound reinforcement
systems such as public address (PA) systems.

You will:

 identify and explain the functions of the main components found in sound reinforcement
  systems
 identify commonly found connector types within sound reinforcement systems and show
  an understanding of audio signal flow
 connect and operate a simple sound reinforcement system to a given brief for a small-
  scale event
 test system, identify and remedy any faults within the system and disassemble upon
  completion while following health and safety procedures

As you are doing this Unit you will be developing aspects of the Core Skills in
Communication and Problem Solving.


Sound: Synthesis and Sampling Skills (F58N 12) 1 credit
In this Unit you will develop skills in programming a range of synthesisers and samplers,
either software or hardware based, to emulate the sound of different natural instruments and
sounds, or to create entirely original sounds.

You will:

 programme sounds on 3 different types of synthesiser (hardware/software,
  analogue/digital) demonstrating an understanding of synthesiser parameters, functions
  and terminology, eg oscillators, filters, amplifiers and sound envelope and save sound
  patches to an appropriate medium
 edit and trigger various sounds obtained from everyday objects and sources, ensuring
  sound clarity
 create accurate editing points and map each sample to different keys, groups or zones
  on the keyboard for playback purposes
 record a short piece of audio to a given brief

As you are doing this Unit you will be developing aspects of the Core Skills in Information
and Communication Technology and Problem Solving.




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Spanish for Work Purposes (F3C7 11) 1 credit
In this Unit you will develop the skills needed for writing and speaking Spanish in a
vocational context, with a Spanish speaker, in this country or in countries where Spanish is
spoken.

As you are doing this Unit you will be developing aspects of the Core Skills in
Communication.


Spanish for Work Purposes (F3C7 12) 1 credit
In this Unit you will develop the skills needed for writing and speaking Spanish in a
vocational context, with a Spanish speaker, in this country or in countries where Spanish is
spoken.

As you are doing this Unit you will be developing aspects of the Core Skills in
Communication.




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