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Music Technology A Level at Rainham Mark Grammar School

Course description

To introduce students to the skills and knowledge needed to work in the Music Technology and creative arts industries. Students will learn to use the technology in a musical and creative way.


Course content


· Recording – one recording chosen from a list of 10 possible songs provided by Edexcel. Recorded using Cubase in the school’s recording studio.

· Technology-based composition – one composition based on one of three briefs set by the exam board. Sequenced using Cubase, requiring students to synthesize their own sounds, manipulate audio, and make creative use of effects.

· Listening and Analysing – learning about recording and production techniques and principles

· Producing and Analysing – knowledge and understanding of editing, mixing, and production techniques, and how to apply these techniques to audio provided by the exam board. The principles of sound and audio technology.

Students will have to work independently and manage their own time.

Entry requirements

Students need to have at least a 6 in GCSE Music. Students should also have a working knowledge of music theory (ABRSM grade 4) and it would be an advantage to have keyboard or piano skills. 6s in both Physics and Maths are also essential.

Students who have not taken Music GCSE may still be able to cope with the academic and musical rigors of the course, but they will be expected to demonstrate appropriate levels of musical and technical skill and understanding to department staff before being accepted on to the course.



Recording – An audio file of the final recording is submitted, alongside a logbook discussing the recording process and creative decisions made. 20% of the qualification.

Technology-based composition – An audio file of the final composition, alongside a logbook detailing the sound design, synthesis, sampling, and creative effects plus the compositional process. 20% of the qualification.

Listening and Analysing – an exam lasting 1 hour 30 minutes. Questions will be based on commercially available recordings, and will require students to discuss aspects of recording, production, and musical context.

Each student will have their own CD to listen to the audio as many times as they require during the exam. 25% of the qualification.

Producing and Analysing – an exam lasting 2 hours 15 minutes, plus time to set up. Students will use Cubase to complete practical tasks, alongside written responses to questions. 35% of the qualification.


Future opportunities

The course develops musical, technical, and teamwork skills, and provides access to music-related careers such as sound engineering and working in film or television.  It also provides a firm foundation for students wishing to study Music or Music Technology at university.

It will compliment other creative and scientific subjects.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Rainham Mark Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 23 October 2017
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    • Contact name:
    • Mr O'Neill
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01634 364151
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    • Rainham Mark Grammar School is an 11-18 Selective School, currently we have over 880 students aged 11-16 and over 340 aged 16-18 taking AS and A2 levels. We aim to be a friendly, caring and stimulating community which motivates young people to enjoy learning, participate enthusiastically in wider activities and make the most of their abilities.