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Churchill Academy & Sixth Form

Music Technology

At A Level, students experience all three main music technology disciplines of recording, sequencing and producing. In addition, the course also offers composition. The course therefore builds upon the skills developed in BTEC Music Technology course. Listening work is based around the development of music technology and production techniques.

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Subject specific entry requirement: Standard Sixth Form entry plus Grade 5 in GCSE music or Pass at BTEC
Qualification: A Level
Topics and areas covered:

Component 1 - Recording (20% of the course marks) The course will cover how to use production tools and techniques to capture, edit, process and mix an audio recording from a choice of 10 tracks set by the board.

Component 2 - Technology‐based composition (20%) The course will develop your composition skills enabling you to create, edit, manipulate and structure sounds to produce a technology‐ based composition.

Component 3 - Listening and analysing – written examination (25%) The course will cover the history of recording and production techniques in the context of a series of unfamiliar recordings, from many different styles of music.

Component 4 - Producing and analysing – written and practical examination (35%) You will use all of the skills you have developed from Components 1-3 and use them in an unfamiliar project setting in exam conditions.

Future career path: This course can lead to further study in Music Technology at undergraduate level. It can further lead to a job as Music therapist, Musician, Secondary/ Primary school teacher, Sound technician, broadcasting/film/ video, Arts administrator Broadcast engineer, Community arts worker, Event organiser, Radio broadcast assistant, Radio producer or Theatre stage manager, Recording Engineer, Live Sound Engineer, working for a Record Company, multi-media industry.
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Additional information:

The Music department offers a variety of extra-curricular opportunities, including

  • Choirs and musical groups
  • Christmas Concert and productions at The Playhouse Theatre