National Diploma in Music Technology

Study inside a REAL Music Industry organisation

Fully-funded course places for post 16 learners

Learn from established industry experts

Use pro-level studios and recording equipment

Link into our music industry networks

Take your first steps towards a career in the music industry with a Higher Rhythm National Diploma in Music Technology

The music industry contributes £5.2 billion to the UK economy, employing over 190,000 people and the industry is growing. At Higher Rhythm, we believe that anyone with the right support and enough determination, can play a part in this national success story. Our BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Music Technology (rated Outstanding by Pearson, the awarding body) is the perfect start…

The music industry can be complex, but the people who really know how it works are the professionals working in it every day. So it makes sense that the best way to develop the skills needed to succeed in the industry, is to work alongside these professionals in real industry settings and to get your hands on professional equipment (such as the SSL Origin mixing console shown below).

Higher Rhythm is a high-profile music industry organisation with decades of experience training real pros. We are a leader in music industry development across the Yorkshire region. Higher Rhythm has also have delivered stages featuring established artists at South By Southwest in the US (the biggest music industry event in the world) plus several UK festivals. We regularly make music for record labels and successful music artists, and support hundreds of aspiring music industry professionals every year to further their careers. 

We also run two pro level recording studios, a radio station (Sine FM), a global music distribution service, a record label, and are linked into a wide range of music festivals and venues. These real industry connections are what set us apart from a college.

Complete the EOI form below to book a tour and introductory session  

PLEASE NOTE: There are only 12 course places available each year so act fast if you want to study with us.

Recording studio mixing desk

Frequently asked questions

What equipment will I need? None, because we have it all, including a number of iPads and MacBooks which can be booked out by learners.
What does a timetable look like? Two full days per week over two academic years, plus additional learning enrichment activities.
Are there any fees? There is no cost for post 16 learners on this programme as places are fully funded. Additional learning bursaries are also available for some learners subject to status.
What support is available? The course leader and Higher Rhythm staff will support you throughout the course. We are also experts at supporting additional learning needs and everyone is welcome. If you need additional support, just let us know.
Can I also take another course elsewhere? Possibly, but please be aware that preferential places on our programmes are given to young people who are only studying at Higher Rhythm. Ask us first!
What could I go on to after the course? Progression onto our two year HND in Music Technology is a perfect option (we offer priority places for our Level 3 course graduates) or into employment.

On our post-16 BTEC National Diploma Music Technology study programme (720 learning hours + 520 hours enrichment across two years) you will:

Gain a BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Music Technology (worth 2 A-levels and up to 112 UCAS points)
Study Music Tech, Studio Recording, Audio Production, Live Sound and more, at our town centre location
Enjoy an inclusive learning environment with smaller class sizes (12 max) and be treated as an individual!
Receive support with Functional Skills, or GCSE English & Math (if required)

By enrolling at Higher Rhythm you will also benefit from our unique work enrichment and work experience programme, which includes:

Master Classes with established music industry professionals
Vocational experience working in a pro studio and at live music events
Free entry to festival showcases, gigs and music industry panel events

Progression routes from our programme include:

Entry to Higher Education HND and Degree Courses
A range of employment destinations in the music industry including, studio engineering, music production, live sound, events promotion, recording artist, creative media, music publishing and licensing, AV industries, artist management… the list keeps growing!

Meet some of the team below

Dan Whitehouse - Course Leader

With a career as a published music artist and outstanding studio engineer and having a wide grounding in teaching music industry subjects at Further and Higher Education, Dan is the course leader for our National Diploma and is first port of call for course enquiries and content.

Andy Seward - Tutor

An award winning producer, engineer and musician who has worked for decades, with some of the biggest names in the industry, Andy has a long list of production and playing credits on huge selling records and is a holder of a prestigious, Sony Gold Award. Andy will bring the real industry into every session and is always willing to give you expert tips that would take 30 years of experience in the industry to discover for yourself.