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A Level: Music Technology at Rawlins Academy

Course description

This A Level course focuses on music technology and production issues: recording techniques, mixing, sequencing, composition and sampling and is aimed both at learners who play and those who do not wish to take the performance route but are keen to have a qualification/career in the more technical side of the music industry.

Component 1

Sound Recording - Coursework 20%

Learn how to set up and operate equipment in our professional strandard recording studio for the capture and processing of sound. Learn production tools and techniques to capture, edit, process and mix an audio recording. one recording chosen from a list of 10 songs provided by the exam board.

Component 2

Technology-based composition - Coursework 20%

Using software packages such as Logic Pro to compose, edit and mix music and soundtracks to produce a technology-based composition in response to a brief.

Component 3

Listening and Analysing - Written exam 25%

Knowledge analysis and understanding of recording and production techniques and principles, in the context of a series of unfamiliar commercial popular music recordings.

Component 4

Producing and Analysing - Practical exam 35%

Practical timed element which involves correcting and mixing audio clips to form a completed mix, which may include creating new tracks or parts from the materials provided.

Entry requirements

Rawlins P16 entry requirements


Combination of coursework and written/practical exams.

Future opportunities

The content is designed to develop a broad range of skills including project management, appraising and analysis, creativity and imagination. You will be able to progress to undergraduate study in Music Technology, Sound Production, Sound Engineering and many other courses requiring a similar skill set. Careers include producers, media composers, live sound engineer, studio manager, radio and TV posts.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 08 January 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: Mt
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  • Number of planned places: 30

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      • Dedicated Post 16 Facilities
      • Excellent ICT facilities
      • Grass sports pitches
      • Learning Resource Centre
      • Lecture/Film Theatre
      • Media editing suite
      • Multi-media resources in all teaching areas
      • Music Editing suite
      • New Rubber Crumb sports pitch
      • New Specialist Dance studio
      • Specialist Science facilities
      • Sports Hall and gym
      • Tennis courts