This qualification will support students in forming personal and meaningful relationships with music technology through the development of musical knowledge, understanding and skills. These include recording, technology-based composition, listening, analysing and producing. Students will be encouraged to engage with a wide range of music technology techniques and develop an understanding of the historical and cultural contexts of the use of music technology in the creation and production of music. This qualification will also allow students to develop particular strengths and interests, encourage lifelong learning and provide access to higher education and university degree courses in music technology and music technology-related subjects, as well as music technology-related and other careers
We would expect students to have minimum grades of 4 and 5 in a range of subjects and at least grade 4 in Maths and English to progress to A Level. We would expect students to have a passion for working in the music or performance/creative arts sector as a potential career.
Learning & Assessment
Modules / Topics
Area of Study 1: Recording and production techniques for both corrective and creative purposes In component 1, the focus of this Area of Study will be on the use of recording and mixing techniques to capture, edit and produce a recording. In component 2, the focus will be on the use of sound creation and manipulation techniques to create, edit and structure a technology-based composition. In component 3, the focus will be on the capture, arrangement of sounds and mixing and mastering techniques that have been used on a series of unfamiliar commercially available recordings and in component 4, the focus will be on use of sound creation and processing techniques to correct and mix a recording.
Area of Study 2: Principles of sound and audio technology In component 3, the focus of this Area of Study will be the knowledge and understanding of the principles of sound and of audio technology in relation to unfamiliar commercially available recordings provided by Pearson in the exam. In component 4, the focus will be the knowledge and understanding of the principles of sound and of audio technology in relation to theoretical and practical contexts provided by Pearson in the exam.
Area of Study 3: The development of recording and production technology In component 3, the focus of this Area of Study will be the knowledge and understanding of the history and development of recording and production technology from current digital technologies back to the mono, analogue recording technologies in the 1930s.
Trips / Visits / Enrichment
This course uses a basis of project assessment final examination to assess your grade as follows:
- 20% Component 1 recording
- 20% Component 2 composition
- 25% Component 3 Listening and analyzing
- 35% Producing and analyzing
(No assessment of performance)
(Minimal essay writing)
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