BTEC AS/A2 Music Technology Level 3
Mode of Study
02 September 2020
Minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English/Welsh 1st Language and Maths/Numeracy.GCSE grade C Music is required. Some experience with popular music, rock and/or jazz often as a performer on keyboard, guitar, bass guitar, drums. Experience
In a nutshell
This is a dynamic, engaging and interesting course into the world of music technology
This course is for you if...
... You have an interest in music
... You want to learn more about composition, production and recording
... You want a blend of practical and theoretical study
What will I be doing?
You’ll develop your expertise through three main areas of study:
- Popular music styles since 1910
- The development of technology-based music
- The principles and practice of music technology
You'll make use of our digital recording studios and computer-based sequencing workstations.
At AS Level, you’ll develop skills in computer-based MIDI and audio sequencing, culminating in the creation of a popular music track chosen by the examination board. Two units are studied at AS Level:
- Music technology portfolio 1, including sequencing, arranging and multi-track recording
- Listening and analysis (popular music 1900 to the present day)
You’ll learn to operate the equipment used in multi-track recording (microphones, mixing desks, effects and dynamics processors, audio recorders) and how to undertake a recording from its outset through to the creation of the final master recording.
In addition, A2 study includes composing for film and a more detailed study of audio sequencing, as well as two additional units:
- Music technology portfolio 2, including production, composition and multi-track recording
- Analysing and production
Assessment is based on practical coursework tasks and an exam in both the AS and A2 year. Upon completion, you’ll gain:
- AS Level Music Technology
- A Level Music Technology
- Skills activities
- English and Maths
What is expected of me?
To enter the course, you’ll need a minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade C or above, to include English/Welsh First Language and Maths/Maths/Maths Numeracy. GCSE Grade C Music is required. Some experience with popular music, rock and/or jazz, often as a performer on keyboard, guitar, bass guitar or drums is useful.
Full commitment to attendance is required, as is respect for others, enthusiasm for the subject and self-motivation. You’ll be continually assessed and there is an expectation that you’ll continue your studies and coursework during your own time.
What comes next?
You can progress to university level courses in music related areas or specialist performing arts colleges.
Whenever possible, visits to see performances that are educational and enjoyable will be arranged, which will have a cost, however there are no obligations.
Have any questions or are not sure if this is the right course for you?
Call 01495 333 777 to speak to our Student Recruitment team
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