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Music Technology A Level (Edexcel) at Stroud High School

Course description

Music Technology is aimed at students who wish to develop their skills and understanding in music sequencing and music recording techniques and students wishing to study music, music technology, popular music or a combined arts subject in higher education. It can lead to the study of the subject at degree level and a growing number of such courses are available at higher education level. It is ideal preparation for students wishing to pursue a vocation in music technology, broadcasting and/or the arts and who wish to complete a complementary subject within their sixth form programme of study.

Course content

The new Music Technology A level has yet to be finalised or accredited. The course will broadly consist of the following elements but the specification may change between now and September 2017.

Component 1: Recording (Externally assessed, 20% of the qualification)

Content overview: Production tools and techniques to capture, edit, process and mix an audio recording.

Component 2: Technology-based composition (Externally assessed, 20% of the qualification)

Content overview: Creating, editing, manipulating and structuring sounds to produce a technology-based composition.

Component 3: Listening and analysis (Written examination 1hour 15 mins long 25% of the qualification)

Content: Knowledge and understanding of recording and production techniques and principles, in the context of a series of unfamiliar commercial recordings supplied by the examination board.

Component 4: Producing and analysing (Written/practical examination 1hour 45 mins long 35% of the qualification)

Content: Knowledge and understanding of editing, mixing and production techniques, to be applied to unfamiliar materials provided by the examination board in the examination.

Entry requirements

Standard Marling School Sixth Form and Stroud High School Sixth Form entry requirements. However, it is a requirement that students are able to read music notation fluently (both treble and bass clef).

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 25 October 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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