National Progression Award in Sound Production (SCHOOLS)

***PLEASE NOTE - only pupils who will be at school during session 2021/22 can apply for this course***

This award is designed to equip candidates with the knowledge, understanding and skills required for success in current and future employment within the creative industries sector or for progression to further academic qualifications. It is designed to bridge the gap between entry level education and professional career development.

The NPA will allow candidates to develop a skill-set, linked to National Occupational Standards for Sound, which has a thorough grounding in audio recording practice and also allows individual and personalised skills development through the optional Units.

Attendance:

Stirling: Friday (all day)

The National Progression Award (NPA) in Sound Production: Recording will provide:

  • A national qualification which is recognised by the creative industries sector, further/higher education, Sector Skills Councils
  • Development of the candidate’s practical skills, knowledge and understanding which underpins good professional practice
  • The opportunity to recognise and build upon existing professional practice
  • Opportunities to develop and underpin relevant National Occupational Standards (NOS)

Sound Engineering and Production F58H 12

This Unit will give candidates the opportunity to develop practical and creative sound engineering and production skills which will allow them to use multi-track recording equipment to record and mix audio from a variety of sources. Candidates will use sound engineering equipment and techniques to create a multi-track recording and will then use this material to produce an edited stereo mix to a specified standard. Current sound production standards and practices will be used in conjunction with creative mixing techniques. Basic editing of the resultant mix down will be carried out to achieve a final audio product.

Sound: Understanding the Signal Path H7F9 46

This Unit is designed to introduce candidates to the route that sound travels from a performer, through an audio system, to a listener. Candidates will have an opportunity to examine sound at each stage of the signal path, namely as it exists as acoustic energy, is then converted into electrical form (both digital and analogue) and then back to acoustic form. In addition, candidates will consider the effect that human hearing has on the perception of sound.

Candidates will be given the opportunity to learn about basic acoustic and electrical sound transmission, and will have the opportunity to put theory into practice and acquire practical skills in connecting and testing typical small scale audio systems.

Creative Project F58F 12

The purpose of this Unit is to allow candidates to plan, implement and evaluate a creative project. Candidates will be required to produce a project in response to a given brief. This project should be completed by an individual candidate; however the production of the evidence may involve working collaboratively with others. This Unit is designed to promote synthesis of knowledge and skills and to give candidates the opportunity to develop key skills such as planning, communication, problem solving and time management.

Upon successful achievement of this NPA, candidates may find employment opportunities in the following areas:

  • At an entry level as sound production/recording assistant in a recording studio or rehearsal facility
  • At entry level in a media production company as sound production/recording assistant e.g. multimedia web development
  • As entry level radio station technical operations, particularly community based 
  • Self-employed sound recording engineer

***PLEASE NOTE - only puils who will be at school during session 2020/21 can apply for this course***

  • There are no formal entry requirements to the NPA
  • Candidates would benefit from previous experience of a Sound Production and/or Music Course or related study
  • Candidates would ideally have an interest and some experience of sound production
  • For those candidates not in education, relevant work experience would also be useful
  • Entry is at the discretion of the centre

The National Progression Award (NPA) in Sound Production: Recording will provide:

  • A national qualification which is recognised by the creative industries sector, further/higher education, Sector Skills Councils
  • Development of the candidate’s practical skills, knowledge and understanding which underpins good professional practice
  • The opportunity to recognise and build upon existing professional practice
  • Opportunities to develop and underpin relevant National Occupational Standards (NOS)

Sound Engineering and Production F58H 12

This Unit will give candidates the opportunity to develop practical and creative sound engineering and production skills which will allow them to use multi-track recording equipment to record and mix audio from a variety of sources. Candidates will use sound engineering equipment and techniques to create a multi-track recording and will then use this material to produce an edited stereo mix to a specified standard. Current sound production standards and practices will be used in conjunction with creative mixing techniques. Basic editing of the resultant mix down will be carried out to achieve a final audio product.

Sound: Understanding the Signal Path H7F9 46

This Unit is designed to introduce candidates to the route that sound travels from a performer, through an audio system, to a listener. Candidates will have an opportunity to examine sound at each stage of the signal path, namely as it exists as acoustic energy, is then converted into electrical form (both digital and analogue) and then back to acoustic form. In addition, candidates will consider the effect that human hearing has on the perception of sound.

Candidates will be given the opportunity to learn about basic acoustic and electrical sound transmission, and will have the opportunity to put theory into practice and acquire practical skills in connecting and testing typical small scale audio systems.

Creative Project F58F 12

The purpose of this Unit is to allow candidates to plan, implement and evaluate a creative project. Candidates will be required to produce a project in response to a given brief. This project should be completed by an individual candidate; however the production of the evidence may involve working collaboratively with others. This Unit is designed to promote synthesis of knowledge and skills and to give candidates the opportunity to develop key skills such as planning, communication, problem solving and time management.

For more information, please contact your pupil support teacher in your school.

  • Location

    Stirling Campus

  • Start date

    27 August 2021

  • End date

    20 May 2022

  • SCQF Level

    Level 6