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Music and Media Access to Higher Education Advanced (Level 3)

The course is a one-year Level 3 intensive course aimed at mature students (19+) without the standard qualifications to enter higher education. This pathway has been designed to give you an introduction to either the media or music industries.  Both of these subjects are under the umbrella of the creative arts industry, one of the fastest growing parts of the national economy. The emphasis will be on vocational aspects of film and music production including business practice and freelancing. We will also explore the wider issue of culture and ethics associated with developing creative output. You will have access to state-of-the-art facilities such as our purpose-built TV studio, recording suites, rehearsal rooms and Mac computer suites, enabling you to take part in realistic vocational projects. On successful completion of the course you will have guaranteed a place on our Foundation Degrees in Music Technology or Media Production.

Entry requirements

This is a one-year intensive course aimed at mature students (19+) without the standard qualifications to enter higher education.

GCSE English and maths is desirable; however, we may consider candidates without these qualifications, depending on an English and maths entry test, where you will need to demonstrate English and maths skills at Level 2, in addition to interviewing successfully. Additionally, if your first language is not English will need an IELTS score of 5.5 or higher.

You will also need to have good IT skills as all of your assignments will be carried out using either Word, Excel or PowerPoint. You can undertake IT Skills classes at our Learning Centres.

It is very important to research the entry criteria of the universities you would eventually like to apply to. You will often need a minimum of GCSE English and maths, in addition to your Access qualification, for entry onto degree-level courses. We currently offer GCSE part-time courses, which you can enrol on alongside your Access course to gain these qualifications. Many university courses can be very competitive and it’s important to understand and fulfil the entry requirements prior to applying.

In addition to this it would be an advantage if you can play an instrument or if you have used IT to record music.

Desirable but not essential qualifications include Music Production Level 2, Media Production Level 2, GCSE Media and GCSE Music.

Course content

Core units
Essay Skills, Planning Research on the internet, Communication and Presentation Skills, Arithmetic, Using and presenting written materials.

Academic units
Independent Academic Study, Developing Presentation Skills, Using Computers in the Arts, Introducing Research Methods, Cultural Products and Marketing Techniques, Marketing.

Specialist Media units
Media Production Management Process, Media: Pre-production, Media: Production – Film, Media: Post-production.

Specialist Music units
Electronic Composition, Theory of Music Production, Studio Recording Techniques, The Context and Value of Music Production.

Assessment methods

Assessment will be continuous throughout the course and will involve a variety of methods such as essays, presentations, projects and examinations.


Access to Higher Education Music and Media Production Laser Awards Level 3 Diploma

Further study and career options

Course progression: Once you have completed the course you will be able to apply to UCAS for a place in Higher Education on Bedford College's Music Technology or Media Production degree courses or onto a different university.

Career progression: Freelance Music Producer / Film / Video maker.

Additional information

You will be required to attend College for three days a week on a Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and you will also be expected to study for approximately 15 hours a week outside of College. It will be expected you will work on a client project as part of your studies, and there will also be the opportunity to go on trips and visits.

To enable you to be successful on the course you will need to be able to produce essays, reports, presentations and statistical data electronically. You may need to purchase books relating to the course.

You will also need to purchase a 1TB external hard drive (approximately £40-50).

Please declare if you have English and maths GCSEs and/or Functional Skills qualifications – this information is required (note: you will need to provide evidence prior to enrolment). Once we’ve processed your application you will be contacted by email.

Funding information

If you are aged 19 or over, you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. Alternatively, you can pay by instalments to help make the cost more affordable. Find out more about your payment options at

If you complete one of our Access to Higher Education courses and use an Advanced Learner Loan to pay for your tuition fee, the Student Loans Company will write off the balance on the Advanced Learner Loan if you then go on to complete an undergraduate course.

18 year olds may apply and will need to have English Language and Maths GCSE at grade C (4) or above or equivalent level 2 qualifications before the start of the course and be subject to a successful interview. Successful applicants will be in college for 3 days per week and will have to also undertake a relevant work placement for up to 150 hours (which is a requirement of the course for funding purposes). A work placement officer may be able to support you in finding suitable places. You will also be subject to a successful DBS check. If you are successful you may qualify for a free place. Alternatively we offer Level 2 and Level 3 courses that may be funded for 16-18 year olds.

Course Information & How to Apply

To apply online, select the 'Apply' button below. You will need to register an account and then you can follow the instructions on screen.

LengthStart DateFeesLocationCourse Code
1 year 16/09/2019 Launch our fee calculatorLaunch our fee calculator Cauldwell Street L1657

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We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.

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Advanced Learner Loans
If you’re aged 19 or over on the start date of your chosen course, you can apply for a loan to cover the tuition fees for some Level 3+ qualifications. There’s also nothing to pay back until you’ve completed your course and you’re earning over £25,000 per year!

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