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Music Technology AS level at Shoeburyness High School

Course description

Music Technology plays a key role in music across the world. This is the only AS and A-level GCE in Music Technology. This course involves much practical work and encourages the cultivation of a wide range of skills. You will have the opportunity to: Sequence MIDI; Sequence audio; Record live instruments; Produce CDs; Compose using music technology and to develop your understanding of microphone placement and recording techniques.

In the AS year the practical coursework portfolio makes up 20% of the total GCE mark and the two exams counts towards 30% of the total GCE mark.

Course content

What coursework do I have to do?

In the AS year, you will have to complete 2 pieces of practical coursework. The first, is a recording of a song, chosen from a set list of 10 songs. There will be 3 compulsory instruments that you have to record. The second piece of coursework, is a composition based on a set brief. The composition will demonstrate your ability to create, edit, manipulate and structure sound.

Entry requirements

The course is designed to open up a range of exciting and useful tasks to a wide candidature. You must be able to play an instrument and have basic music theory knowledge to take this course. Ideally you will have taken GCSE or BTEC Music prior to starting this course.


What’s in the exams?

There are two exams. The first exam is a listening and analysing exam that will test your knowledge and understanding of recording and production techniques, principles of sound and audio technology and the development of recording and production technology over time. The second exam is a practical exam that tests your recording and production techniques for both correctiva and creative purposes. It also tests your understanding of the principles of sound and audio technology. The listening and analysing exam is 1 hour and 15 minutes long in the AS year. The production and analysis exam is 1 hour 45 minutes long in the AS year.

Further information

There are many opportunities in higher education and many career possibilities for those proficient in handling music technology. GCE in Music Technology has been widely accepted by higher education providers and this advanced GCE will provide valuable experience and preparation for students aiming for HE in the subject. Music technology careers could include work as a sound engineer, record producer or a teacher

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Shoeburyness High School directly.

Last updated date: 21 October 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year