Music Technology A Level

Arts, Media and Publishing

Arts, Media and Publishing
Arts, Media and Publishing
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code TRC44
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


This course covers the history and development of recording technology. You will learn practical skills for recordings and compositions including the usage of modern recording and production techniques, including the function of a digital audio workstation (DAW).


You will learn to capture, mix, master, manipulate, create, edit and refine audio and MIDI data. You will examine the principles of sound and audio technology and apply this practically.

The course is taught in dedicated rooms with access to recording technology and DAWs with both industry standard software and hardware. There is a significant practical element to the course, and you will be required to set up and undertake recording sessions in addition to inputting and working with MIDI and virtual instruments.

In studying this course, you will learn the skills required to operate a recording studio and create your own musical compositions. Please note that this course combines both a theoretical and practical element.

You do not specifically need instrumental skills, though there is a substantial compositional element that benefits having some prior musical knowledge.

Study Visits

Study visits and visiting speakers are planned across the department. You will get the chance to perform in and provide technical support for departmental productions too if you want to develop your CV and technical skills further.

How will it be delivered?

Assessment will be a mixture of external exam (60%) and a portfolio of practical work (40%). The portfolio of practical work will involve separate recording and technology-based compositions.

Entry requirements

General entry requirements with interview/audition. (Applicants do not need to be able to play a musical instrument, but this is highly advisable.

They should also be able to evidence their interest and/or experience in the subject. This could be via a portfolio of previous works or through a spoken interview with the course leader should you not have any prior subject specific qualifications).

Your next steps...

This course links very well with Music, Performing Arts, all other arts subjects, Computing and ICT. It is an excellent, broad preparation for further study and careers such as sound engineer, composer/arranger, broadcast engineer.