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Music Technology A level at East Norfolk Sixth Form College

Course description

The course is aimed at musicians who are interested in the technology which has shaped the development of popular music during the last 70 years.

Whilst assessment is largely practical, a strong musical and theoretical knowledge is essential and the course includes projects developing technical skills in studio recording and MIDI sequencing, as well as core musical skills such as composing and arranging.

Understanding developments in Popular Music and Production forms the basis for the written assessments. You will develop skills in listening, analysing and production, understanding styles, influences and important artists. You will also look at developments in recording technology and technology-based music.

This is an excellent opportunity to discover aspects of music technology that offer songwriters and musicians the ability to create, develop and promote their own music in an industry so heavily dominated and reliant on various aspects of technology.

Course content

We cover:

  • Studio recording techniques
  • MIDI sequencing techniques
  • Composing and arranging skills
  • Contextual popular music study
  • Developments in recording and instrument technology.

You will learn how to use software such as Cubase, Reason, Native Instruments and Adobe Audition as well as becoming fluent in recording studio terminology and applications.

The resources available to students are not just for the application of coursework but can also be used by Music Technology students for their own projects which will also support their own progression and development as technologists.

Entry requirements

A Level 2 (GCSE/BTEC) music qualification or suitable Grade 3 or higher theory/performance qualification is important to be successful in Music Technology. Your ability to read and understand music notation is important to being successful in this course and forms part of the assessment right from the outset.

If you do not have the necessary qualifications for course entry, there is a short enrolment test which can determine your suitability for the course.


Awarding Body – Edexcel

70% practical / 30% written exam. The practical element is split into 3 separate projects which cover a range of music technology skills and applications of software and hardware.

Future opportunities

Many universities offer Music Technology courses, some are aimed at studio production, others at a more scientific approach. All offer routes into the music industry.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact East Norfolk Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 07 September 2016

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