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Music Technology A Level at Truro and Penwith College

Course description

As a predominately practical course you will be assessed in the first year through the creation of a studio recording, a music remix and a programming task. Throughout the course you will gain a theoretical grounding in the history and development of popular music genres and technology and, at the end of the year, your exam will test your ability to critically listen and analyse music from the 1920s to the present day.

With outstanding facilities at the College, you will be using the latest music programming software and professional recording studios.  You will be taught to record, edit, mix and master sound to the highest of professional standards.  You will also be given the opportunity as a musician to play on your own and your peers’ recording projects.

As students move on to the second year of the course they will produce an advanced studio recording and music sequence with integrated audio.  A final composition project will give you the opportunity to bring together all the skills you have developed on the course; utilising a range of technologies to produce an original piece for moving image, set lyrics or other creative brief. The final ‘Analysing and Producing’ exam gives you the chance to demonstrate practical skills that you have learned throughout the two years to produce a mixed production using Logic Pro. 

Course content

6MT01 – AS Coursework Portfolio

The first year coursework portfolio consists of three projects; a realised sequenced performance, a studio recording and a remix.  During the course you develop both the theoretical and practical skills required to independently complete each of these tasks.  A logbook also accompanies the student’s practical work, in which they are asked a series of questions relating to each project.


6MT02 – Listening and Analysing (Exam)

During the first year students study the development of music and technology since the early 1900s.  In the exam students listen to a range of different genres from these decades and are required to comment on both music and production features that can be heard. 


6MT03 – A2 Coursework Portfolio

The second year coursework portfolio consists of three projects; a realised sequenced performance with integrated audio, a studio recording and a composition.  These pieces of work give students the opportunity to draw upon many of the fundamental skills they learn in the first year, in addition to developing advanced techniques in music composition and production using a wide range of technologies. 

6MT04 – Analysing & Producing (Exam)

Throughout the second year students explore a range of technologies including synthesisers, samplers, studio effects and processors, advanced microphone techniques and a range of audio software.  The Analysing and Producing Exam comprises of three sections. Students use Logic Pro Audio to complete a range of editing and production techniques, write an extended essay about a piece of music technology equipment and produce a final mix.  

Entry requirements

The basic requirement is five GCSEs at grade C with a grade B GCSE for Music (or high achievement in a related subject such as a Diploma or NCFE in Music/Music Technology). You must be able to play a musical instrument to a good standard (Grade 4-5) and have interest in writing music and in technology.  Confident IT skills will also be beneficial.


Your achievement in this subject is dependent upon excellent attendance, punctuality, effort and engagement. You will learn in a friendly and creative atmosphere, using a variety of assessment methods:

  • Using our online learning environment ‘Moodle’ you will be set weekly homework exercises that will be related to what you have worked on during that week.  Your lecturers will grade and feedback to you on a weekly basis. 
  • You will be engaged practically every week in the development of your music portfolios.  Your progress and engagement in these classroom tasks will be monitored and assessed by your lecturers.
  • You will review your own performance in 1:1 sessions with your tutor.
  • You will undertake mock examinations on each unit in advance of your final exams.
  • You will be formally examined on each unit that you study. The examinations are traditional and take place at the end of the year.  Your portfolio and logbooks in both the first and second year are externally assessed. 

Future opportunities

A qualification in Music Technology is highly valued by many universities and employers alike. AS/A Level Music Technology is also an excellent subject to complement other music related subjects at degree level.  Many students progress onto higher education in fields of music, music technology, acoustics or sound engineering.  We have alumni now working for the likes of Allen & Heath (professional audio equipment manufacturer), RouteNote (online music distribution) and as professional touring musicians, conductors and composers in their own right.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Truro and Penwith College directly.

Last updated date: 15 June 2016

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