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Music A Level at Woodroffe School

Course description

On completion of this course, many students choose to progress to the wide range of specialist Music Technology and Recording courses that are available throughout the country. Job roles in this sector include Studio Technician and Music Producer. Students may go on to study Music Technology and Media courses at university and have pursued careers in Audio Production, Music Video Production and Sound Design.

Course content

AS – Year 12

Component 1 - Recording 20%
Students are required to produce a recording of a song chosen from a list of 10 provided by the exam board. One recording, chosen from a list of 10 songs supplied by the exam board, consisting of a minimum of three compulsory instruments and two additional instruments. Total time must be between 2 – 2 ½ minutes.

Component 2 - Technology-based composition 20%
One technology-based composition based on a brief set by the exam board Synthesis, sampling/audio manipulation and creative effects use must be included. Total time must be 2 ½ minutes.

Component 3 - Listening and Analysing 25% written exam lasting one hour 15 minutes

Component 4 - Producing and Analysing 35% written exam lasting one hour 45 minutes Section A:
Analysing and producing – five questions related to the audio and MIDI materials provided that include both written responses and practical tasks.

Section B:
One essay focusing on a specific signal process, effect or music technology hardware unit.

Entry requirements

Six GCSEs Grade A* - C. Music is desirable but basic reading of standard notation is essential as well as basic keyboard or guitar skills.


AS – Year 12
Components 1 & 2 - coursework submitted to the exam board as two tracks on CD. 40%
Component 3 - Externally marked written examination. One hour 15 minutes. 25%
Component 4 - Externally marked written/practical examination. One hour 45 minutes. 35%

Further information

Students will have opportunities to set up and operate live sound for school events such as the school concert and whole school musicals. They have worked with local primary schools recording choirs and producing CDs.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 24 March 2017
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