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Music AS & A Level at Hornsea School and Language College

Course description

A Level Music Technology is a course for students who would like to pursue a career in music production. The Music   Technology course is broken up into 4 units that cover the full spectrum of basic skills needed to progress to a higher level of study or to work in one of the many areas of music production.

Course content

Component 1: Recording
Content overview: Production tools and techniques to capture, edit, process and mix an audio recording.
Assessment overview: One recording, chosen from a list of 10 songs provided consisting of a minimum of 5 compulsory instruments and 2 additional instruments.

Component 2: Technology-based composition
Content overview: Creating, editing, manipulating and structuring sounds to produce a technology-based composition.
Assessment overview: 1 technology-based composition chosen from 3 briefs.
Synthesis and sampling/audio manipulation and creative effects use must be included.

Component 3: Listening & Analysing
Content overview: Knowledge and understanding of recording and production techniques and principles, in the context of unfamiliar commercial recordings.
Application of knowledge related to all three areas of study:

  • Recording and production techniques for both corrective and creative purposes
  • Principles of sound & audio technology
  • The development of recording and   production technology.

Assessment overview:

  • Section A: Listening and analysing - 4 questions, each based on unfamiliar commercial recordings
  • Section B: Extended written responses – 2 essay questions. One comparison question, which uses 2 unfamiliar commercial recordings. The second essay uses the final unfamiliar commercial recording on the CD.

Component 4: Composing & Analysing
Content overview: Knowledge and understanding of editing, mixing and production techniques, to be applied to unfamiliar materials. Application of knowledge related to two of the areas of study:

  • Recording and production techniques for both corrective and creative purposes
  • Principles of sound & audio technology.

 Assessment overview:

  • Section A: Producing and analysing – 5 questions related to the audio and MIDI materials provided that include both written responses and practical tasks.
  • Section B: Extended written response – one essay focusing on a specific mixing  scenario, signal path, effect or music technology hardware unit.

Entry requirements

4 A*-C GCSEs

It is a big advantage if you have studied GCSE music although not essential. It is desirable if you play an instrument or DJ to a high standard.


  • Component 1: 20%, coursework
  • Component 2: 20%, coursework
  • Component 3: 25%, 1hr30 examination, written
  • Component 4: 35%, 2hr15 examination, written & practical

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hornsea School and Language College directly.

Last updated date: 19 January 2017
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