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Music Technology A level at Woodhouse College

Course description

If you’re fascinated by creating, recording and listening to different styles of music - if you’re always thinking about ways to have a career that involves both live and recorded music - then you’ll flourish on this course.

This course is full of practical elements, allowing you to experiment and explore the subject and technology. Your time will be a mixture of classroom time, individual and group projects, critical review of other works and longer-term portfolio projects. The course is undertaken with the Barnet Education Arts Trust (BEAT) and involves some lessons after college.

Course content

A level music technology is specifically structured over the two years, to encourage you to develop a range of practical skills, knowledge and understanding. It provides a course of study to broaden experience in live, recorded and sequenced sound, foster creativity and promote personal and social development through musical communication.

In your first year you will learn about sequencing and recording, as well as arranging and composing using music technology. You’ll develop the skills needed to recognise the musical, technical and stylistic features of modern recorded music. In your second year, you will learn to compose and recreate sounds using music technology and develop your ideas from AS level into more complex and professionally produced productions, as well as producing a detailed studio recording of a band.

Entry requirements

B in GCSE music and/or grade V piano / keyboard audition and at least a GCSE Grade B in English Language and Grade C in Mathematics.

Assessment

Awarding Body - Edexcel

The course is assessed in two ways at the end of each year. Your music technology portfolio forms 70% of the mark awarded. In this you will present, for external assessment, two computer sequenced performances and one recording. The exam board will set the musical style of both sequences. The recording will involve drums, bass and lead and / or rhythm guitars as well as keyboards and / or voice. There will also be written work in the form of a logbook for each piece of music.

Future opportunities

An A level in music technology can lead to further study in the subject and many related careers, for example, audio engineering, music recording and media technician work. Music Technology can be a stepping-stone into the music, radio, internet, film or any other industry which involves sound production. But even if you’re not planning a career in one of these areas, over the two years studying this field, you’ll develop essential problem solving skills that can be applied to any career.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Woodhouse College directly.

Last updated date: 09 September 2016
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