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Firm Foundation for Music Career Progression

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Mode has built excellent links with SAE Institute, a global leader in creative media. Therefore its students have a firm route for developing a music career. 

Specifically, Mode’s BTEC First in Music qualification can lead directly onto a degree in Audio Production with SAE.

Path to a Career in Music

Mode and SAE Institute have joined forces giving students a clear training route into professional music production careers. Students complete the BTEC First in Music course with Mode and then progress onto a degree in Audio Production at SAE Institute.

Jack Mc Gregor Jack Meakin and Connor Kinvig (pictured above left to right) recently completed Mode’s First in Music course with strong music portfolios. Consequently, SAE have accepted them onto their BA/BSc in Audio Production. SAE are impressed by the level of skills and passion for audio from Mode students.

Degree programme

SAE’s degree programme gives students the knowledge and practical skills for a variety of music careers. For example, music production, sound for film and television, and live sound. Also, radio broadcasting, sound design, game sound and more.

Formerly known as the School of Audio Engineering, the SAE Institute was founded in 1976 by sound engineer, record producer and businessman Tom Misner. Mode joins 53 other campuses across 27 countries working in partnership with the establishment.

Great Grounding for Music Career Progression

Mode’s BTEC First in Music gives a great grounding in music skills.  Students train in performing, composing, producing, sound engineering and promoting tracks, albums or concert. The qualification gives an excellent foundation to progress onto SAE’s degree programme. In fact, three young people who completed Mode’s course in July have successfully enrolled with SAE.

Students on Mode’s BTEC First in Music get intensive support from tutors and staff. Debbie Tagoe, Director at Mode explains how this is linked to their success:

“Many of our students have given up hope on ever getting a decent job or career. Our tutors and staff are highly proficient at spotting talent in individuals. Moreover, they are committed to developing their skills and confidence. We’re passionate about ensuring that everybody who comes to Mode gets to pursue their career dreams. Therefore, working with SAE is fantastic because the partnership will secure even brighter futures for our talented students after they leave Mode”

High Standard of Skills

When SAE looked at the portfolios and skills of Mode students, they readily accepted them onto their degree programme in audio production.

Michael Carroll, campus director at SAE says:

“We were bowled over by the standard of skills of the Mode students. Indeed we look forward to supporting them throughout their degree programme with us. Mode’s standard of training is extremely high. Additionally, it’s delivered by industry professionals. This is exactly the foundation we are looking for in applicants to SAE. The partnership with Mode is perfect for increasing the number of students who achieve their degree. These highly trained graduates can then secure exciting music industry jobs.”

The partnership means that each intake of students on Mode’s BTEC First in Music course have a real chance of progressing directly onto a degree course.

As a thriving music and digital hub, Liverpool is an ideal city to feed students onto the SAE degree. Mode joins providers in London, Oxford and Glasgow that are all inspiring students to help shape creative industries worldwide.


School leavers who want a career in music and media production should contact Mode. Even if they left school without qualifications.

Whether you need some guidance on how to start your career in music or are ready to enrol on the BTEC First programme in music, get in touch