• Code: MF
  • Certification: BTEC National Extended Certificate in Sound Engineering (603/1233/6)
  • Duration: One Year


This course is designed for students new to the subject, those coming back into education after a break, or those lucky enough to find they finally have the time to pursue their passion for music. The course is practical with a focus on hands on experience supported by coaching and guidance from industry experts. Key areas include recording, mixing, mastering, editing and processing using state of the art analogue mixing desks and outboard with industry standard digital software (ProTools/Ableton).

Programme of Study
  • Studio Recording 
  • Creating Musical Material through Production
  • Music Technology Events 
  • Planning a Carrer in the Industry

Components subject to change

Entry Requirements

One of the following:

  • Leaving Certificate or its equivalent. Extenuating circumstances may be considered
  • Full QQI Level 4 Award
  • Leaving Cert Applied Award
  • Mature applicants - experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications
Career Opportunities
  • Sound Engineering (Live/Studio)
  • Post Sound for TV & Film
  • Radio
  • Event Production
  • Live Sound
Higher Education Progression*
  • BIFE:

           Music Production HND Diploma BTEC QQI Level 6+

           Music Performance HND Diploma BTEC QQI Level 6+

  • Pulse College:

           BA (Hons.) Degree in Music Production

Graduates are eligible to apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Scheme for entry to year one of a range of higher certificate and degree programmes at Institutes of Technology and Universities.

Course Co-Ordinator

Rob Murphy

Where are they now?

Meet BIFE students who have graduated from this course...

“The Sound Recording & Music Technology course definitely helped me to get where I am today. As a Post Production Sound Engineer, I'm now mixing TV programmes and video packages for one of Ireland's main television broadcasters. It's my ideal job. While I had a little background in audio before going to BIFE, what I learned there was invaluable in cementing my knowledge and adding to it - as well as insuring that I felt confident that I knew my stuff. However, having prior knowledge of a subject isn't really necessary as the tutors and staff at BIFE are great at helping out anyone who wants to learn. All it requires is a bit of dedication." - Patrick Doyle

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