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A Level Music Technology at Queen Elizabeth's Girls' School

Course description

UNIT 1 Music Technology Portfolio 70% Here you learn to multi track, sequence creatively and realise a sequenced performance.

UNIT 2 In the listening exam you will learn basic notational theory and identify features of technological and musical developments in popular music from 1910.

In Year 13 the 2 units are again taken in the form of coursework and an exam although the latter is practical in nature.

UNIT 3 is a Music Technology Portfolio where you produce a sequenced integrated performance, a multi track recording and a composition using technology.

UNIT 4 Here the focus of what you will learn is based around music technology in practice and the principles of technology. This is learnt so you can apply it in a series of tasks in the exam.

Entry requirements

Admission to the Music Technology course is through interview at Barnet A Level Music Centre (Woodhouse College) where the course is taught to QEGS students as well as students from other schools in the Borough. Ideally you should an A or B grade at Music GCSE and some experience of music technology but alternative qualifications such as approximately Grade 5 in practical or theory music exams.


Year 12

UNIT 1—70% Submission of recordings, MIDI files of all 3 pieces. Completion of logbook. You are allowed a maximum of 20 hours to complete each piece of work.

UNIT 2—30% This is a listening and written exam in May of Year 12 testing your knowledge of the areas and topics studied. This is 1 hour 45 minutes and is taken at QEGS.

Year 13

UNIT 3—60% Here the assessment consists of submission of 3 pieces of coursework: A sequenced integrated performance. Multi Track recording. A composition. All 3 recordings are assessed and a logbook about the tasks. You have a maximum of 20 hours to complete each task.

UNIT 4—40% A practical and listening exam in May of Year 13.

Future opportunities

This music qualification can lead to many forms of study and career after school. Although a relatively new course, music technology is very popular at universities and colleges and can lead to work in many fields-broadcasting, recording, performing, teaching and music administration.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queen Elizabeth's Girls' School directly.

Last updated date: 27 April 2015
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      The school and the Sixth Form were inspected by Ofsted in March 2014 and I was pleased that the Sixth Form was judged to be ‘good’ and a strength of the school.  We are proud to be a comprehensive Sixth Form and proud of the progress that our pupils make, irrespective of their prior attainment at GCSE.
      This means that pupils who have done well at GCSE are likely to achieve very high grades, whilst pupils who have done less well can also flourish, provided they are prepared to work hard. We do not have such high proportions of top grades as selective schools and Sixth Form colleges because we admit a wide range of students. Able students achieve very well, but girls who did less well at GCSE still achieve success at A level. This is reflected in the very high ‘value added’ measures achieved consistently year after year.
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      • High achievement for all.
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      Our success in this is reflected in the school’s strong examination results.  Most of our students go on to university and the destinations list is impressive.  Ofsted confirmed that attainment is good.  Students are also supported to pursue other routes which are increasingly available in today’s workplace such as modern apprenticeships.  Students across the ability range achieve considerable success in our Sixth Form and our value added outcomes have been ‘outstanding’ for well over 10 years which few schools in the country can equal.
      This is helped by outstanding teaching, pastoral support and guidance on higher education and careers. There is an ethos of hard work and achievement, but students enjoy their time in the Sixth Form and contribute much to enrich school life for the whole community.
      QEGS Sixth Form exists to cater for the diverse needs of students entering post-16 education.

      We aim:

      • To provide a wide range of courses to meet your needs.
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      • To enable you to develop as independent, confident and responsible adults, qualified and equipped for your chosen career.
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      Always remember that Sixth Form courses are intended to give you more career and educational options when you finish than you had at the start of the course.  BUT you will not improve your level of achievement without hard work!