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Sound Technology

Overview - BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sound Technology

If you know your synthesizers from your samplers, this course is for you. Developing your understanding of a wide range of music technology applications, practical skills and sound recording, you will gain an insight into the range of career paths available, and enjoy opportunities to gain real experience by working with industry professionals.

What will I be doing?

Whether you want to get your hands on the latest recording equipment and software, or you’re more interested in recording techniques, this course allows you to specialise in the areas and styles which interest you most, in addition to developing new techniques and skills. Working alongside students of other disciplines to put on performances and creating your own projects, our workshops and assignments will help you to improve and expand your technical abilities and interests both inside and outside the recording studio.

In addition, you will benefit from the support and guidance of our creative and performing arts industry-experienced teaching staff, contact with external industry professionals through masterclasses, workshops and visits, a minimum of one week’s work experience each year, opportunities to work with the wider creative and performing arts community within Liverpool and beyond, and, of course, access to our new facilities.

What will I leave with? 

Successful completion of this two-year course will earn you the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sound Technology. Equivalent to three A-Levels, this nationally-recognised qualification is suitable for progression onto Higher Education. You will also leave with enhanced interpersonal, critical and decision-making abilities, which will serve you well in future life.

What could I do next? 

Successful completion of this course will equip you to apply for Higher Education or to seek employment in the music industry. Related career paths might include live sound, recording studio engineering and production and audio work.

How do I apply? 

You must complete an application form for September 2017 entry and submit it to us as soon as possible. We will then call you for an audition, interview and workshop at some point in February or March 2017 -  you will be given at least four weeks’ notice and full guidance as to how to prepare. Offers of places (conditional on achieving a minimum of five GCSEs at grades A*-C) will be sent out by 10 April 2017.

If you still have questions, contact the LIPA Sixth Form College Administrator on 0151 330 3232 or email


At present, course information is still subject to confirmation, and while every effort has been made to ensure it is accurate, the information on this website does not form any contract between LIPA Sixth Form College and any individual. In addition, LIPA Sixth Form College reserves the right to make changes and cannot accept liability arising out of, or in connection with, any such revision.