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Music Technology - Pearson A Level at Countesthorpe Leysland Community College

Course description

Head of Department: Mrs. T. Brown


Department Information

​The music department is located in a purpose built block. There are two large teaching rooms, 6 individual practice rooms and a recording studio. A further teaching room is located in the nearby history block, housing 14 PCs and 10 iMac computers. These run specialist music software (i.e. Sibelius and Logic Pro). Students have ample opportunities to learn about music technology as well as more traditional elements of the subject. The department runs a number of thriving extra curricular ensembles and puts on regular concerts.


Why study this course?

The study of music technology provides opportunities for students to develop their creativity and imagination alongside such skills as analysis, appraising and project management.


Aims of the course

A Level Music Technology introduces students to the principles and practices of audio recording, the creation and manipulation of different types of sounds and the incorporation of these principles into their own music.

Course content

Course outline

The course entails 4 separate units: two of these are practical based and two are externally examined.


Unit 1: Recording. (20%) Students record one song from a choice of 10 set by the exam board. They use production tools and techniques to capture, edit, process and mix the final recording.


Unit 2: Technology based composition (20%). Students create a piece of music lasting 3 minutes from a choice of 3 briefs set by the exam board. The piece must include synthesis, sampling, manipulation of sounds and creative effects.


Unit 3: Listening and analysing (25%). A written exam consisting of 6 questions which are based on unfamilar commercial recordings. At least one queston will be a comparison of two unfamilar pieces and another will be an essay question.


Unit 4: Producing and Analysing (35%). Students will correct and mix a series of given audio material and MIDI data in order to create a final mix. They wll also be asked to write a response to an extended essay question.

Entry requirements

It is not compulsory to have taken GCSE Music to undertake these courses.  However, a grade 5 in theory or above would be desirable. Proficiency on an instrument (or voice) is essential for Music A Level and desirable for Music Technology.  Grade 5 theory is desirable for Music A Level, but not for Music Technology.  GCSE music is not a requirement for either course.


How am I assessed?

​Coursework and final examination

Future opportunities

Where does this course lead?

​A level Music Technology can lead to undergraduate study of Music Technology, Sound Technology, Sound Engineering or other related subjects.

Further information

Students will be encouraged to take part in the many musical events that the Music department runs, take opportunities to perform elsewhere as well as participating in the College‘s individual instrumental tuition programme. First study instrumental/vocal lessons are free for those studying Music A Level. Membership of College Ensembles, (i.e. Jazz Band, Orchestra and Choirs) is compulsory for all students studying post 16 courses in Music.

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: 04 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 year