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Music Technology AS Course Only at Westcliff High School for Girls

Course description

Students will learn and use a variety of music and music technology skills and study the styles and trends most common in popular music from 1910 through to the present day. A predominantly practical subject made up of two units. Please note that one teaching session a week will be a Twilight session.

Course content

UNIT 1 (70% of AS): MUSIC TECHNOLOGY PORTFOLIO 1 MIDI sequencing and multi-track recording as well as arranging skills are all key components assessed through the practical work carried out. Students must complete three tasks for this unit. Students will produce and submit an audio CD containing three tracks of work based on the required tasks. Students will also submit a logbook that will provide information on the resources used in each task as well as assessed questions on their creative sequenced arrangement.

UNIT 2 (30% of AS): LISTENING AND ANALYSING) Two special focus styles will be selected each year for more in depth study. Students will be expected to have an extended knowledge and understanding of context as well as understand the main fingerprints of these styles. Each student will have a copy of an audio CD supplied by Edexcel, containing recorded excerpts which they can work through at their own speed.

Entry requirements

No minimum grade requirements. This is an AS Qualification only and is offered as an alternative to the Extended Project Qualification.


Externally moderated.

One hour 45 minutes listening examination. Additional learning opportunities: Students are involved in the ‘Tech Team’ for school productions and encouraged to be involved in extra-curricular clubs such as running the Music Tech Club for lower years; there a several opportunities to be involved within the wider school community.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 June 2015

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