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Course specifics

Entry Requirements

  • A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above (including English Language). Level 2 vocational qualifications (e.g. BTEC/OCR) must be a merit grade or above and only one will count as one GCSE equivalent.
  • Music GCSE 5 is desirable but NOT essential.
  • Instrumental &/or vocal skills desirable but NOT essential.

60%exams

40%coursework

Exam board: Edexcel/Pearson

64% of 1st year Music Tech students achieved Distiction *or Distinction

A-Level Music Technology has a four-unit structure and is taken over two years.

The course does not require a great knowledge of music theory but focuses on production issues: recording techniques, mixing, sequencing, composition, sampling techniques etc.

Hannah Tournay

Hannah Tournay

Course Units

The areas studied and the scheme of assessment is outlined below.

Component  1

Recordingcoursework

Production tools and techniques to capture, edit, process and mix an audio recording.

 

One recording chosen from a list of 10 songs provided by the exam board, total time between 3 – 3 ½ minutes

20%

Component 2

Technology-based Composition - coursework

Creating, editing, manipulating and structuring sounds to produce a technology-based composition.

 

One technology-based composition in response to 1 of 3 briefs set by the exam board, total time 3 minutes

20%

Component 3

Listening and Analysing written exam

Knowledge and understanding of recording and production techniques and principles, in the context of a series of unfamiliar commercial recordings.

 

Includes essays where you have to analyse 3 or more commercial recordings.

 

25%

Component 4

Producing and Analysingwritten/practical exam

Practical elements involve correcting and mixing audio clips.

 

Written responses on producing and analysing

35%

 

Methods of Assessment

The course will be assessed through a combination of coursework and written/ practical examinations.

Areas of Study

The A-level Music Technology is based around 3 areas of study:

  1. Recording and Production Techniques for both Corrective and Creative Purposes
  2. Principles of Sound and Audio Technology
  3. The Development of Recording and Production Technology

Resources

St Brendan’s has a well-equipped Music Suite that includes:

  • Extended practice facilities
  • A recording studio and related equipment
  • A range of scores and recordings
  • Instruments including a grand piano, guitars, drums, keyboards etc.
  • Computer Suite with relevant music software for sequencing including Pro Tools 11, Reaper, Ableton Live. Score production (Sibelius 7) and Ear training software (Aurelia)
  • A wide range of peripatetic support specialists
  • Fully equipped performance space including substantial sound and lighting systems for recitals and performance workshops. 

Progression

The A-level provides a sound basis if you wish to proceed to Higher Education courses in Creative Music Technology and some other related courses. It can lead to careers in composing, studio work, and teaching, as well as related areas in publishing and media. It combines well with most other subjects but compliments in particular Film Studies, Media Studies, and Music or Music Performing.

Charges

You must be prepared to invest in a set of professional headphones for classroom/studio work. An appropriate set are likely to cost between £30 and £150, but staff can give advice as to which makes/models would be most suitable.

You must provide your own USB memory sticks, stationary and print credit for handing in assignments.

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