Music Technology has been added to My Courses


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.



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


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


One song to record chosen from a list of 10 artists provided by the exam board, total time between 3 – 3 ½ minutes


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


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 and compare 2 or more commercial recordings.



Component 4

Producing and Analysingwritten/practical exam

Practical elements involve correcting and mixing audio and MIDI clips.


Written responses on producing and analysing



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


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

  • Extensive practice facilities
  • A recording studio and related equipment
  • A range of scores and recordings
  • Instruments including a grand piano, guitars, drums, keyboards etc.
  • A range of professional quality, industry-standard microphones
  • Computer Suite with relevant music software for sequencing including 27" iMacs running Logic Pro, Kontakt Komplete, Melodyne and Reaper.
  • A wide range of peripatetic support specialists
  • Fully equipped performance space including substantial sound and lighting systems for recitals and performance workshops. 


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.


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, stationery and print credit for submittign worksheets and assignments.