Pearson BTEC Degree Pathway

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Pearson is the world’s leading learning company, operating in over 200 countries and offering career-focused qualifications grounded in real-world industries. Pearson is the UK’s largest awarding body, with more than 3.4 million students worldwide. They provide a broad range of academic and vocational qualifications, including Pearson BTEC, Edexcel, LCCI and EDI.

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Foundation in Music Technology

Pearson at Pearlbay

In our pursuit of excellence and finding the best qualification to give our students a passport to the world of music and the creative industries, we have partnered with Pearson. Through rigorous training of staff and the development of course material and facilities, we at Pearlbay Institute are equipped with the resources to give our students access to fine quality education with the guidance, support and qualifications of Pearson UK.

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To ensure that all applicants have the necessary fundamental knowledge and skills to successfully complete the Pearson BTEC degree pathway, Pearlbay Institute requires that all applicants complete the Foundation Program (Certificate in Music Technology) before joining the degree pathway.


The Foundation Program provides a comprehensive understanding of the basics of music technology, including music production, audio engineering, and music theory. By completing this program, students will have gained the essential knowledge and skills needed to progress to the degree pathway.


The Pearson BTEC degree pathway offers a rigorous and challenging curriculum that builds upon the foundation laid in the Certificate in Music Technology program. Students will deepen their understanding of music technology through advanced coursework, hands-on training, and real-world projects. They will also have the opportunity to specialize in a particular area of music technology, such as audio engineering, music production, or sound design.


Overall, the combination of the Foundation Program and the Pearson BTEC degree pathway provides students with a comprehensive education in music technology that prepares them for a successful career in the industry. By requiring all applicants to complete the Foundation Program before joining the degree pathway, Pearlbay Institute ensures that students are well-equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to succeed in this rigorous and challenging program.


This qualification is intended for individuals wishing to pursue a career as a professional audio engineer in the music industry. It provides the music industry with people who have a range of audio engineering skills to produce a wide variety of music, recordings and sound-related works to a professional level.


Graduates of this credential will be able to:

  • Record, mix and master a variety of materials to produce professional-level music.
  • Apply a variety of creative and technical sound engineering techniques and processes to produce professional-level music.
  • Create, produce, and manipulate music, recordings, and other sound-related works at a professional level.
  • Analyze and contribute to musical arrangements and compositions to produce professional-level music.
  • Explore and analyze material and context for audio engineering and production.
  • Analyze and reflect audio engineering and production work to improve practices.
  • Manage your own professional practice, professional development, and industry knowledge to develop employment opportunities.

If you have 5 years of experience in the Audio Technology industry or have completed a Level 04 qualification in Audio Engineering, you may be eligible to join the Pearson BTEC Level 05 Higher National Diploma in Music (Sound Engineering) University’s year 2 undergraduate degree level. This program provides a comprehensive and advanced education in sound engineering principles and techniques, designed to build on your existing knowledge and experience. One of the key benefits of this program is the opportunity to complete the final year abroad, which can provide valuable international experience and exposure to different cultures and industry practices. This can be particularly beneficial for those looking to build a global network of contacts and expand their career prospects.

If you are interested in this opportunity, I would recommend contacting Pearlbay Institute for more information and to inquire about the application process. It is important to note that applications are closing soon, on March 26th, 2023, so prompt action is advised. (CLOSED) You are required to submit your CV, portfolio, and any related educational qualifications via email. Your application will be reviewed by our academic panel prior to the award of any exemptions. Any missing requirements will need to be completed in parallel with the program.


why study btec higher nationals?

BTEC Higher Nationals are internationally recognised higher education qualifications at levels 4 and 5 that are equivalent to the first and second years of a university degree, providing progression to both university and employment. They represent the latest in professional standards and provide opportunities for students to develop behaviours for work, for example by undertaking a group project or responding to a client brief. A student may even achieve exemption from professional or vendor qualifications, or student membership of selected professional bodies, to help them on their journey to professional competence. 

The purpose of BTEC Higher Nationals in Music is to develop students as professional, self-reflecting individuals able to meet the demands of employers in the music industry and adapt to a constantly changing world. The qualifications aim to widen access to higher education and enhance the career prospects of those who undertake them. 

This qualification has been developed in collaboration with industry experts, universities, colleges and students to ensure that it is a programme that meets the needs of industry, as well as what you would expect to achieve throughout your course. To help our you develop in your chosen specialism, there are a number of pathways, some of which are listed below:

  • Session Musician
  • Artist Development 
  • Production 
  • Sound Design
  • Sound Engineering 
  • Composition
  • Performance 

Some typical jobs after completing the HNC* 

Top Line Songwriter; Arranger; Songwriter; Transcriber; Performer; Solo Artist; roadie; Music Producer; Music Promoter. 

Some typical jobs after completing the HND* Composer for Media; Composer for TV; Composer for Games/ Apps; Studio Session Musician; Live Session Musician; Solo Artist; Performer; Sound Designer; Assistant Sound Designer; Sound Engineer; Studio Sound Engineer; Live Sound Engineer; Studio Sound Engineer; Music Producer; Record Label Manager; Record Label Owner; Event Manager; Artist Manager.

 *These are suggestions of the typical job roles related to this qualification at this level. Pearson does not guarantee employment upon completion, and you will have a responsibility to make sure that you meet the employer’s requirements.

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