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​​​​​Music Technology A Level


Level                                            3

Qualification                              A Level

Duration                                     2 years 

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What will I study?

This course covers the development of recording and production technology from the 1950s and recording and production techniques for creative and corrective purposes, including the function of a digital audio workstation (DAW).  A DAW is a computer program that is exclusively designed for the recording, editing and playing of digital audio files and it allows the editing and mixing of multiple audio sources simultaneously. The DAW you will use is Cubase, industry standard software packed full of capabilities and features.


You will learn to use a DAW and to capture, manipulate, create, edit and refine audio and MIDI data. You will examine the principles of sound and audio technology and apply this practically.  (Please note that this will involve some specific maths and Physics content). 


The course is taught in dedicated rooms with access to recording technology and DAWs with both industry standard software and hardware.  There is a significant practical element to the course and you will be required to set up and undertake recording sessions in addition to inputting and working with MIDI and virtual instruments. 


In studying this course you will learn the skills required to operate a recording studio and create your own musical compositions. Please note that this course combines both a theoretical and practical element.


Study Visits

Study visits and visiting speakers are planned across the department. You will get the chance to perform in and provide technical support for departmental productions too if you want to develop your CV and technical skills further.



Students will have (voluntary) access to session musicians for the multi-track recording projects at a cost of £20 for the year. All students will require a memory stick or other USB external storage device to transfer and back up large projects.



Assessment will be a mixture of external exam (60%) and a portfolio of practical work (40%). The portfolio of practical work will involve a separate recording and technology based compositions.


Entry Criteria

Grade 4 GCSE Music or Music Technology.


Useful Supporting Courses

This course links very well with Music, Performing Arts, Film, Media and all other arts subjects. Some students also study Mathematics and the course is an excellent, broad preparation for further study and careers such as sound engineer, composer/arranger, and musical instrument designer/repairer or in retail and publishing.

Students have gone on to careers in / as:

Sound Technician, Events Organiser, Teaching, Broadcast Engineer.