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Music Technology A-Level at Priestley College

Course description

This course is aimed at budding sound engineers, music producers and any musician wanting to demo and record their own material. Study will cover the use of recording technology including hardware and software devices such as digital audio workstations, microphones, mixing consoles and effects units.

Course content

Developing listening skills will form an important element of this course; you will learn about the evolution of electronic instruments and music technology

alongside popular music genres since the 1950s. To support practical techniques learners will develop their knowledge of acoustics and recording studio architecture. Music theory will be studied up to Grade 5 standard.

Entry requirements

It is usual to have studied Music at GCSE level and you should have a good knowledge of music theory (score notation).  There is no requirement to play an instrument although experience as a musical performer may be advantageous. Some experience of composition, recording or sequencing is desirable, as is a basic ability to read musical notation.  A level Music Technology can be taken in combination/complemented by BTEC Music or A Level Music.


Assessment will take the form of a coursework portfolio, listening exam and controlled conditions practical assessments. Please note that this course does not contain any assessed performance elements.

Future opportunities

On completion of this course, many students choose to progress to the wide range of specialist music technology and recording courses that are available across the country. We also have a strong tradition of former students progressing to work in the industry.

Further information

You will also have the opportunity to attend regular visits, workshops and residential trips offered throughout the year. For example, Priestley has close links with the world famous Rockfield Recording Studios where artists such as Queen, The Manic Street Preachers, The Stone Roses and Paulo Nutini have all recorded. A group of Music Tech students from Priestley annually attend a residential recording master-class at Rockfield to learn recording techniques in state-of-the-art facilities.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Priestley College directly.

Last updated date: 10 October 2016
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