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Music Technology AS & A Level at Presdales School

Course description

This course involves listening to and analysing a range of pop, rock and classical music, describing the recording techniques used and the structure of the pieces. It involves some composing and arranging requiring the candidates to have good music reading and keyboard/piano skills. Students must also be interested in the fine detail of making sound recordings to a high standard.

Course content

AS Level

Unit 1 (70% of AS)

  • Sequenced Realised Performance. Create a professional realisation of a given song using ICT.
  • Multi-track recording. Make a high quality recording (2–4 minutes) using at least 8 live tracks. Four tracks must be recorded using microphones.
  • Creative sequenced arrangement. Arrange one of two given pieces showing creativity, using music technology (2–3 minutes).

Unit 2 (30% of AS) Listening and Analysing
A listening paper based on a study of popular styles since 1910. There are two set topics each year eg. ‘Rock and Roll’ and ‘Soul’ or ‘Heavy Rock’ and ‘Reggae’.

A2 Level

Unit 3 (60% of A2)

  • Sequenced Integrated Performance.
    Create a professional realisation of a given song using ICT including the use of live audio.
  • Multi-track recording
  • Composing using music technology

Unit 4 (40% of A2)
Analysing and Producing. 2 hour examination including production and written tasks.

Entry requirements

Students are required to have obtained at least a grade A in GCSE Music and should have an interest in exploring sound using ICT.


All coursework and written examinations are externally assessed.

Future opportunities

Music Technology at Presdales provides an excellent basis for learning about studio techniques such as digital recording and the use of ICT for composing, arranging and sequencing. Related careers which might follow such a course include studio engineering, live stage sound mixing, broadcasting, film music and songwriting.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 03 November 2016
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    • Presdales is a five-form entry all-ability school which became an Academy on 1st April 2012, for girls aged from eleven to eighteen. Boys are welcomed into the Sixth Form. Founded as Ware Grammar School for Girls in 1906 on the Amwell House site, it moved to its present site at Presdales in 1964. Since 1975 – when the school’s intake was enlarged – we have accepted girls from a wide area of Hertfordshire.

      The school was rated ‘outstanding’ at all four inspections in 1994, 1999, 2004 and 2008. Language College status was granted by the DfES in 1995 and, on the strength of the school’s high performance overall, Music College status with English as an accompanying strand was awarded in 2006, followed by Mathematics & Computing College status with a Gifted & Talented focus in 2008.