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Music Technology AS at Copleston High School

Course description

At AS there are three pieces of coursework. The recording task involves students learning the skills needed to work in a professional recording studio. The first of the sequencing tasks will get students to create an arrangement of a given song in a style set by the exam board. The final piece of coursework is a sequenced composition. In this task students are given some audio that they have to incorporate into a musical composition. There is an exam on the history of popular music at the end of the first year.

Course content

In the second year students will carry on looking at the same strands of learning as in
year one. The recording task in the second year is expected to be a more complex song
and must contain certain instruments set by the exam board. The sequencing task this year involves recreating a given piece of music and trying to make it sound exactly like the original. The final task is another composition. At the end of year two there is a computer based exam that tests all the skills the students have learnt over the two years.

Entry requirements

4 AS levels – at least 5 grade Bs or equivalent in different GCSEs or other Level 2 courses. 3 AS levels – at least 5 grade Cs or equivalent in different GCSEs or other Level 2 courses. In addition, a grade C or above in GCSE Music.


A level Music Technology is the perfect course for people who love music and want to explore new and exciting ways to create, record and arrange music. The course focuses on three main areas; recording, sequencing and the study of popular music history.

Future opportunities

Many students who study Music Technology progress into live or recorded sound engineering work.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 October 2016
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