Music Technology – A Levels

A Level
Exam Based
Exam Board: PEARSON


Music technology is a rapidly moving subject area and the music Industry is evolving with each advance in technology. This course provides learners with both the theoretical and the practical skills that form the foundation of music production and can prepare them for a career in the music or wider media industry. Students, including those who do not play traditional instruments, are encouraged to explore different musical styles and cultures while developing their own musicality and creativity. A sample of student work is available at
Standard college entry requirements plus students need to attend a short audition / interview to demonstrate their commitment to the subject.
Two Years 
Students will be required to supply their ownspecialist materials including headphones and back-up devices such as USB sticks or portable hard drives.
Given sufficient demand AS students can progress to the full A Level in year 2.  Beyond this students can go on to higher education at University or specialised music courses or seek employment.
AS Year 1 Unit 1 : Music Technology Portfolio 1 (External assessment) Students will produce a 3 track CD consisting of a Sequenced Realised Performance, a Multitrack recording and a Creative Sequence arrangement. Students will also produce a log book for assessment. Unit 2 : Listening and Analysing (Externally Assessed)Students will study popular music from 1910 to present day concentrating on trends and styles in the development of music, this will result in anexamination.A2 Year 2Unit 3 : Music Technology Portfolio 2Students will build on their skills from Unit 1 and produce advanced CD recording, this unit also requires the completion of a logbook. Unit 4 : Analysing and Producing Students will be required to demonstrate their knowledge of Music and Music technology through a process of written work, production tasks and manipulations in a 2 hour examination.