Contact : Mr M McKenna
Exam Board Edexcel – 8MT01 (AS) and 9MT 01 (A2) 2 years to full A Level




What is Music Technology A level about?

The Music Technology A level course provides students with a grounding in both the theory and history of Music Technology and its practical application through a range of coursework-based tasks. Pupils will learn to sequence, record and arrange using modern, professional-standard technology. This course has an emphasis on practical projects using the Music Department’s new recording studio and the iMac suite, both of which utilize Logic.


Is this course for me?

Are you interested in becoming a sound engineer, record producer, or working in the visual and sound media? If the answer’s ‘Yes!’ then this course is for you. However, if you are also interested in learning how Music is recorded and how Music Technology can be used to create popular music then you will find this course relevant and interesting. The course can be the main focus of your KS5 subjects or can act as a great addition to any other combination of subjects. 


What else do I need to know?

This course requires a huge amount of time to be spent working in the recording studio and iMac Suite outside of lesson time. Whilst the guided learning hours are exactly the same as any other ‘A’ level course, most homework and coursework tasks will need to be completed using the facilities here in school and this will mean spending plenty of time in school outside of your lesson time. Also, a firm basis in Music theory is also required, as some of the initial practical work requires knowledge of score reading.

If you are not already, you will be expected to become involved in the extra-curricular life of the department. Attendance at Senior Vocal is expected by all students following the AS/A2 courses.


What do other students say?

The course is really enjoyable and I've learnt so much. It has become my favourite subject and I'm looking forward to studying music technology at university. 


Where could it lead?

The Advanced GCE in Music is Technology is excellent preparation for higher education courses in general, but is equally valuable for non-specialists as a fourth option. The AS units alone can offer a broad and satisfying experience for those who want to conclude their Music Technology studies at this point.


How is this course structured?


Unit Content

Unit Assessment

AS Unit 1: Music Technology Portfolio

Students will learn to use music technology skills in order to complete this unit. MIDI sequencing and multi-track recording as well as arranging skills are all key components assessed through the practical work carried out


70% AS/35% A2

Students must complete three tasks which together make the Music Technology Portfolio 1. These are

1A Sequenced Realised Performance

1B Multi-track Recording

1C Creative Sequenced Arrangement

AS Unit 2: Listening and Analysing

Students will have an opportunity to study the styles most common in popular music. They will study the development of popular music styles from 1910 through to the present day.


30% AS/15% A2 Students will sit a 1 hour 45 minute listening examination based around two special focus styles (e.g. Rock and roll, Rap and Hip Hop, Soul, Indie Rock, Punk and New Wave, Club dance, Reggae).


 A2 Unit 3: Music Technology Portfolio 2

Unit 3 builds on the skills acquired in Unit 1, and extends these to include a composition task. It involves detailed study of Area of Study 3: The Development of Technology-based Music.

 30% A2 Students must complete three tasks which together make the Music Technology Portfolio 2. These are:
3A Sequenced Integrated Performance
3B Multi-track Recording
3C Composing using Music Technology

A2 Unit 4: Analysing and Producing

Students will demonstrate their knowledge of music and the principles of Music Technology through a series of written commentaries, manipulations and production tasks.

20% A2 Students will sit a 2-hour examination which will test their musical understanding, ability to manipulate and correct recorded music and their ability to write commentaries on technological processes. They will also be tested on their ability to produce a balanced stereo mix.