Ashford College - Music
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Pathways are made up of courses focused on future careers or further education opportunities

The UK produces some of the best and most respected recording artists and technical engineers in the world. Our music technology courses are designed to teach you a range of the creative, technical and essential employability skills required for a successful career in this industry.

As you progress through the courses, you will have the opportunity to work on live briefs set by your lecturers and have the opportunity to gain professional work experience with our industry partners. A recent example was the 'All Change for Ashford' show in May 2022, in which the entire crew were music students, who gained valuable experience and incredible references they can use in the future.

All Creative Studies courses are underwritten by the University of the Arts London. A specialist examining body. UAL is a world-leader in Arts, Design and Communication Education.


The jobs and roles available within the music industry are varied and skilled. Through industry experience and teaching by our experienced lecturers, you can progress towards a number of careers, such as...

  • Composer
  • Studio Engineer
  • Music Producer
  • Music Teacher
  • Music Promotions Manager
  • Live Sound Engineer
  • Studio Sound Engineer
  • Musician
  • DJ
  • Radio Assistant


At Ashford College, we have invested in our top of the range Music facilities, including our recording studio, where you can learn technological skills that are vital for the industry.

Our recording studio has been designed and built to the highest specification in consultation with industry professionals. The facilities include a fantastic-sounding live room, booth and control room, and leading-edge equipment, including a 40-channel TL Audio Valve Technology Console, Neumann U87 condenser microphones and a wide range of rack effects units.

We also have Mac Computer suites for students to practice their skills on, and students will use industry-standard applications including Logic X.


Music students this year have even started Ashford College's very own podcast 'the spotlight' outside of their curriculum. It is a great example of our music students using their skills to impact the college for the better. This podcast is recorded in our very own recording studio, and we hear from those inside and outside the college, including fellow students and professionals from the music industry. 

The very first episode from January 2022 can be heard below. You can also learn more about this ongoing series here.

Career Prospects

Example: Musicians

 Annual pay
£17,680 - £32,760
Annual pay is per year, based on full-time employment and on the South East region.

Across the UK the workforce is projected to expand by 24% over the period to 2027, adding 12,200 jobs. In the same period, 71% of the workforce is projected to retire, creating 36,377 job openings.

Role description

Musicians write, arrange, orchestrate, conduct and perform musical compositions.

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Entry requirements

Our entry requirements allow any student to apply enrol and progress in their studies with us to achieve their full potential.

You will apply for your chosen pathway and at the interview you can discuss what entry criteria you need for each level.

Once you have your GCSEs we can ensure you are enrolled on the best level for you to progress and succeed at College.

Please see our Group entry requirements

What's next?

Step 1 - Apply

Once you apply, you will have an interview to discuss your chosen pathway

Step 2 - Interview

We will contact you with appropriate options for conducting your interview, either online or in person.

At your interview, we will discuss the entry requirements for each level and course. It is also your opportunity to make sure that the pathway meets your goals and ambitions.

Courses at Ashford College

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Need more help?

Our advice and guidance team can be contacted to help you understand your next steps at College.

Courses at Ashford College

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Why people love Music

Excel in College life

Excel in College life

Our Music students have gained the confidence through the course and all the opportunities we provide to stand out and excel in college life. Our new Student Union President for 22/23 is Music student Tash, who also runs the college's podcast 'the spotlight.' We can't wait to see what she brings this year.

Industry Opportunities - 'All Change for Ashford'

Industry Opportunities - 'All Change for Ashford'

The Company's moving show 'All Change for Ashford' had 6 amazing shows across 2 weeks in April/May, and our students worked as the entire crew! From lighting to props to sound to set design, our students pulled it off and gained valuable experience. The show's director Stephen Israel called them "a real credit to the college."

A chance to bring change

A chance to bring change

Our Music pathway allows you to bring real change into Ashford College and it's community. Our college podcast 'the spotlight' would not be possible if it wasn't for the hard work and drive of our Music students!

Contact us

We'd love to hear from you

Elwick Road
TN23 1NN

01233 743100