Music Technology - A-level

  • Level: A-level
  • Awarding Body: Edexcel
  • Other Courses of Interest:

    Media Studies, IT, Performance based courses

We are delighted to announce that we are now offering free Stepping Stone to A-level Music evening classes with specialist tutors from Norfolk Music Hub.

These classes will provide students with the opportunity to top-up their music qualifcations so they are ready to take the next step on their musical journey. Learn more and register today.

You will have an opportunity to create, record and discover all about sound and the music which we enjoy every day.

Focused towards the practical and theoretical aspects of music technology, you will use industry standard software and equipment to create their own projects.

You will also develop both their musical skills as well their understanding of music technology whilst allowing the freedom to be creative within the boundaries set by the exam board.

The college’s facilities are excellent with software such as Cubase Pro 8.5 DAW running alongside Reason, Halion Sonic and Native Instruments Komplete sound banks.

The software runs on quad core dual screen PC’s and there is a fully equipped recording studio with an Apple Mac Pro, Cubase Pro DAW and a 24 track Mackie Firewire system.

Our isolated recording space ensures top quality recordings and we also have a ‘mobile’ recording setup to encourage our students to experiment with ambient sound recording techniques.

Pictured - Connor Mullally (2012-2014) - see this subject's Inspiration below for more information.

Coursework 40% - divided equally between 2 projects: studio based recording and technology-based composition

Examination 60% - divided between 2 separate assessments: listening and analysing (25%) and Producing and Analysing (35%)

Grade 4 in GCSE English Language & Maths. No prior music qualification is necessary but a keen interest in music as a performer and or technologist in some form is important. An avid interest in technology and how it is used in the process of making music is vital to engage with the course.

Average GCSE Scores

Please note that for some of our courses, we require a minimum average GCSE score.
We use average GCSE scores to ensure our students enrol on courses where they have the greatest opportunity to succeed.

- - 9
A* - 8
A - 7
B - 6
C - 5
D - 4
E - 3
F - 2
G - 1

How to work out your average GCSE Score
To calculate your score, take your best eight GCSE qualifications which must include GCSE English Language and GCSE Maths. To work out each point score, add them all together and then divide the total by eight.

BTEC Firsts, CiDA, DiDA, Functional Skills Level 1/2, GCSE Short Courses, OCR Vocational & ECDL qualifications are not counted towards Average GCSE Scores however we do take them into consideration when assessing overall academic achievement and your suitability for BTEC and other vocational courses. 

There may be other requirements you need to meet, in order to enter EN on the desired programme you wish to study. If at any time you have any questions or queries please e-mail admissions@eastnorfolk.ac.uk. We will be happy to advise you further.

EN reserves the right to change our Entry Requirements to match the needs of our students.

The course is designed to develop a broad range of skills including project management, appraising and analysis, creativity and imagination. Students will be able to progress to undergraduate study in Music Technology, Sound Production, Sound Engineering and many other courses requiring a similar skill set.

Students will be able to progress to undergraduate study in Music Technology, Sound Production, Sound Engineering and many other courses requiring a similar skill set. Often, students go on to a range of varying employment opportunities including sound engineering, editing and post production as well as live sound production.

Inspiration

Connor Mullally, former EN (2012-2014) student enjoys success with his new song. Listen to 'Troubled Love' below:

For the news story about Mullally's first single release, 'Overdose' click here.

Follow Mullally on Twitter & like him on Facebook.

EN Music Technology Blog

We keep many of the resources for the course on an online blog so students can get a good idea about assessment for the course – http://enmusictech.blogspot.co.uk/.