Music Technology A Level

Sixth Form

Date (from)

Location

Awarding body

Code

Full Time - September 2018

Edexcel/Pearson

6SAS091411

Course introduction

Music Technology is one of the few subjects that fuse art and technology to both inspire and inform its students.

Whether you have of a musical background, or an IT/Science mind-set, then Music Technology can enable you to build on your foundations.

The music industry never stands still and neither do we. After all, it is a dynamic world out there, which is why we have created a dynamic programme of learning for you.

Therefore if you have what it takes to be a successful artist, songwriter, producer or audio engineer, don’t miss this opportunity to develop your talents.

Why choose Brock for Music Technology A Level?

At Brock our Music Technology teachers are highly experienced practitioners who work in the music industry as well as teach on A Level and degree programmes.  

As a student you will benefit from access to two studios and two dedicated Mac IT suites, as well as a host of other professional equipment. This includes microphones, controllers and monitoring speakers, among other things.

Importantly, all our equipment is up-to-date and industry standard.

Teaching & learning

You will be able to enjoy a wide range of teaching and learning methods, giving you a well-rounded learning experience.

These include individual coursework tutorials, class discussions, group tasks and peer evaluations, and an online independent study database.

Course structure

  • Benefit from access to industry standard equipment.
  • Capture, edit, process and mix audio material in a studio environment.
  • Acquire knowledge and understanding of various recording techniques and principles.
  • Use your new production skills to create compositions that evidence your progress.
  • Learn to fine tune sounds to create polished final products.
  • Build an audio portfolio of work that will help you gain professional opportunities.

Minimum entry requirements

Five GCSEs at grade 4 and above to include:
Essential

  • Music grade 4 (if taken)
  • A basic level of keyboard skills
  • An active interest in music
  • A willingness to embrace a broad range of styles

Desirable

  • Maths grade 5
  • Music Theory grade III (associated broad)
  • The ability to read music using convenctional 5 line stave notation

Information & support

We ask for £50 at the start of each year to pay for studio equipment and new additions as required. This also pays for professional musicians to enable you to record your coursework at the highest level. As a result, musical standards are high.

You may also have to pay for a number of other things to support your study like headphones and USB memory sticks.

What can I do with this qualification?

Past students have progressed to a wide range of degree courses. These include programmes in sound recording and/or music technology.

In recent years students have gone on to study at The Academy of Popular Music and The Guildhall School of Music & Drama, among other places.

Indeed, this course gives you a decent grounding in music technology know-how. It will most likely lead you to an apprenticeship and/or employment in the entertainment, communication and information sectors.

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