Music Technology Level 3
Develop advanced technical skills on this highly practical course and gain an excellent understanding of the music industry. Learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands.
I have learnt so many valuable techniques and skills to broaden my creative repertoire during my time on this course. My visual language has been challenged and expanded by the wide range of subjects and projects covered across the board. I have learnt invaluable lessons throughout my time at UCN and I will carry these skills with me throughout my career in the Creative Industries.
HNC in Graphic Design
The practical work and the chance to use the computer software in a more in-depth programme was the reason I chose the study at Newbury College. I enjoy being able to be creative in my learning.
Creative Media Level 3
I chose Newbury College because it provided me with the right course in the specific area of IT I wanted to pursue. As an apprentice, the on-the-job training allowed me to fully immerse myself in the career I wanted and a work environment which taught me the skills I still use today. Since leaving the College I have worked for various companies around the South East including design agencies, print and digital marketing companies, start-ups and charities. I am delighted to currently be using my skills to support the local community at Apple Print Creative and Design as a Web Developer.
Apprenticeship in IT
In undertaking the HNC Graphic Design course I feel that I have been able to develop both my skills and knowledge to a level which would be required in the commercial environment. It has been a lot of work, but totally worth the end result. I have designed a logo which will be used by Newbury College which was a great opportunity for anyone starting out; I have a client who I am working with to create illustrations for a book; and I am starting to sell my own work commercially. UCN provides a great option to anyone who is interested in going to university but would like the option of staying at home, and paying lower fees.
HNC in Graphic Design
The HNC in Graphic Design course has given me an excellent understanding of the creative industry, the skills and techniques required including Adobe software ready to take forward with confidence into my career aspiration of becoming an Illustrator. All the lecturers have been very supportive whilst, pushing me to fulfil my full potential.
Creative Media Level 3
The course is designed to provide students with a range of skills that will broaden both job and higher education opportunities. Based in the Music and Media Centre, students learn a broad range of skills including:
- Recording and Editing
Students will also complete a portfolio including a fully produced and mastered album, pop video, music-based website and scores for film sequences.
Students also complete a project which builds confidence and employability skills, as well as covering subjects such as equality and safeguarding.
The Extended Diploma carries the same UCAS points as three A Levels.
Five GSCE passes at grade 4/C or above, preferably to include Maths and English or an equivalent vocational qualification at merit grade, and Functional Skills Maths and English, preferably at Level 2.
Students how have not yet achieved grade 4/C in GCSE Maths and English, will study Functional Skills or GCSE Maths and English as part of their course.
Students must have a keenness to learn new techniques and apply in a wide range of applications. Students must also be able to work from a client brief and as part of a team. Students need to be flexible in their approach as some working hours will be outside of the normal College attendance pattern.
RSL Subsidiary Diploma for Music Practitioners RSL Extended Diploma for Music Practitioners
Successful students can progress on to an HNC/HND, university courses or employment.
Students are assessed through a combination of assignments, practical work, projects and controlled assessments set by the awarding body. Students produce a portfolio of work which is assessed against the grading criteria for the units.
Assignments set have an agreed hand in date that needs to be met in order to meet the awarding body guidelines. In addition to portfolio work, some units may also include externally marked assessment material, sat under controlled conditions.
Students are expected to spend additional study hours in the Learning Resource Centre in order to successfully complete this programme. Students also need to complete research and homework on a regular basis in order to build up knowledge and confidence within the media industry. Students need to spend approximately 6-10 hours a week on course work outside of normal class time.
Students are expected to complete some work experience. This helps students understand the types of roles available in industry and the skills required to gain employment in the sector.
Fees and Additional Costs
Students are offered the opportunity to visit location sites, exhibitions and shows and these may require students to pay entrance fees and coach costs. Students may also benefit from purchasing text books, the details of these books will be discussed during induction when the latest edition of books will be recommended.
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16 - 18 year olds
In most cases, students aged 16-18 on a full-time study programme (including T Levels) will not be required to pay fees, and the College will fund most course-specific equipment and materials. This excludes stationary, non-curriculum trips and a £15 College Subscription.
19 years and over
Students aged 19 years and over may be required to pay fees. Our Fees, Funding and Financial Support page has details on financial support, fee remissions and loans. Please note that some courses may have additional registration, examination and/or materials fees. Where we have been unable to provide these additional costs in this information, they will be discussed with you before enrolment.
Where course fees are fully funded (for example Maths, English and Essential Digital Skills), the course is free of charge to students, subject to eligibility.
Skills Bootcamps are fully funded and free of charge to learners. Employers who want to use Skills Bootcamps to train their existing employees contribute to the cost of training. See the Fees and Additional Costs for more information.