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Music Technology AS and A level at Frome Community College

Course description

Year 12

Terms 1 and 2

Develop key skills using industry-standard sequencer software and the recording studio. How mics work, the channel strip, close-mic recording techniques, listening skills, sequencing basics. You will begin the first portfolio task: 1a – sequenced realised performance of song set by the exam board. Students also study the development of popular music (dixieland jazz, big band, bebop, cool jazz, fusion, R&B, soul, etc.)

Terms 3 and 4

How to use EQ, principles of compression, adding and controlling FX, making MIDI sequences musical. You will develop the second and third portfolio tasks: 1b – closemic recording and 1c – creative sequenced arrangement. When studying the development of popular music you will particularly focus on the two set styles given by the exam board.

Terms 5 and 6

Review of popular music and technological skills, submission of Portfolio 1 and exam preparation.


A one-and-three-quarter-hour exam at the end of the year worth 30% of your AS grade. There will be questions on stylistic features of popular music, music technology conventions, listening skills and longer questions on the set focus styles.


Year 13

At A2 you are required to produce another portfolio with three tasks. These are similar to AS but require integration of MIDI and audio at a much more sophisticated level. Your close-mic will need to include more tracks and recording techniques and you will be expected to compose a piece of music using technology at its core.


A two-hour ‘analysing and producing’ exam where you will work through a series of audio processing techniques, provide an extended written answer on a feature   of ‘the development of music technology’, and produce three audio mixdowns.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE grades A* - C including English and/or maths.  A genuine interest in Music Technology, the ability to read treble clef notation, a good musical ear, basic keyboard ability and grade C or above in GCSE music preferred.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 05 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September