Music Technology - AS Level at Rochdale Sixth Form College
Studying Music Technology at RSFC will build on and develop your current musical knowledge, whilst introducing a range of modern-day production techniques. The course is particularly suitable for students who wish to develop their skills in music sequencing, recording techniques and aural analysis of popular music. Our studios run using industry-standard equipment and software including Pro Tools and Logic Pro, and students are welcome to use these facilities to hone their own skills in their own time.
The course leads well onto further study or vocational routes in music, music technology, popular music and combined arts programmes in Higher Education. It is also suited to those students who may wish to choose a complementary subject within their course choices to further one of their interests or passions. A significant proportion of our students choose Music Technology as something they enjoy, furthering both their hobbies and academic study in lesson time.
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To study A-Levels at RSFC you must have achieved a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade A* - C, covering at least four different subject areas. Two of the 5 A* - C grades must include GCSE Maths and English Language. A good school reference, attendance and behaviour record are also required as is a positive college interview.
It is helpful (but not essential) for students to have studied Music at GCSE Level. However, a number of assignments during the coursee require students to be able to read musical notation fluently (in both treble and bass clef), and show a level of expertise and understanding of Music Technology similar to that shown by students who have taken the GCSE. Students should have some proficiency (Grade 3 level or equivalent) on a musical instrument.
If you are between 16 and 19 years old and think that you might struggle with the costs of full-time education you may apply for a bursary. The students most in need will be eligible to receive a bursary of £1,200 a year. This group includes:
• Disabled young people in receipt of both Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance
• Young people in care• Care leavers
• Young people in receipt of income support
Other students facing genuine financial difficulties can apply for the Discretionary Bursary Fund (DBF).The DBF can support students with travel costs, equipment, books and other course-related costs.
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How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Rochdale Sixth Form College directly.