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Music Technology A level at Wilmslow High School

Course description

This qualification (the only Advanced Subsidiary and Advanced GCE in Music Technology) is designed to open up a range of exciting and useful tasks and to encourage students to learn about the subject. Students, including those who do not play a traditional instrument, are encouraged to explore their musicality and create original material using technology. There is an emphasis on practical tasks with all tasks appropriate to the styles of music that use music technology.

Course content

AoS 1: The Principles and Practice of Music Technology

AoS 2: Popular Music Styles since 1910

AoS 3: The Development of Technology-based Music

Entry requirements

It is not necessary, but preferable that students have gained a grade B or above in Music GCSE.

Students should be able to read and write music with ease and should have an inherent interest in music technology applications. Competent keyboard skills are desirable and students should have a broad understanding of a range of pop, jazz and classical music styles.


AS Level

Unit One  70% of AS   35% of GCE marks

Students will complete three tasks which together make the ‘Music Technology Portfolio 1’

  • Task 1A – sequenced Realised Performance
  • Task 1B – Multitrack Recording
  • Task 1C – Creative Sequence Arrangement

Unit Two – Listening and Analysing

This consists of a 1 hour 45 minute listening examination, externally assessed, in the summer of the year of entry. The style of questions will range from multiple choice questions to short answer questions, to questions requiring a few sentences of continuous prose.

30% of AS – 15% of Advanced GCE


A2 Level

Unit Three – 60% of A2   30% of GCE

Students complete 3 tasks which extend and develop skills gained in Unit 1. They will submit these as ‘Music Technology Portfolio 2’

Task 3A: Sequenced Integrated Performance

Task 3B: Multi-track Recording

Task 3C: Composing using Music Technology

Unit Four – 40% of A2   20% of GCE

Students will complete a production task under examination conditions. The examination will test students’ musical understanding and ability to manipulate and correct recorded music. This will take the form of a 2 hour practical examination.

Further information

Music Technology A level

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wilmslow High School directly.

Last updated date: 05 September 2016

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