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Music Technology

Examination board: Edexcel/Pearson
Existing Music Technology A level last examination in June 2018
New Music Technology A level first examination in June 2019

Music plays an important part in today’s modern world and provides the soundtrack to advertisements, films, the internet, and television. Music Technology is the combination of artistic and technological creativity and plays an important role in the development of new sound possibilities. The subject is an excellent option for students who have a solid grounding in and enthusiasm for music of all kinds. The course involves much practical work and opens up a range of exciting and useful tasks to a wide candidature, encouraging students to develop their interests in the subject. The A level Music Technology course can lead to specialism at a music college or university. It also prepares students to access industry roles, such as working in live venues, radio, television, and theatre. In addition these courses are an excellent foundation for entry into higher education for a variety of subjects.

What will I learn?

Students are encouraged to explore their musicality and create original materials using technology. For example students have the opportunity to sequence MIDI and audio, record live instruments, and compose using music technology. They will also build an understanding of the technical processes and principles that underpin effective use of music technology, and comment on it in writing. The College has a fully-equipped recording studio running the latest versions of Logic Pro X and Sibelius.


Lower Sixth

Unit 1 Coursework Portfolio 1, 60 hours, controlled conditions (35%)
Unit 2 Written Examination, 1 hour 45 minutes, externally assessed (15%)

Upper Sixth

Unit 3 Coursework Portfolio 2, 60 hours controlled conditions (30%)
Unit 4 Production Examination, 2 hours, externally assessed (20%)

Some past students of Music Technology have gone on to follow degree courses such as Music, Music Production, Digital Music and Music Performance at leading universities such as The Royal Northern College of Music, The Academy of Contemporary Music, Middlesex University, Southampton Solent University, Stafford University, Falmouth University and Sussex University.

Students are expected to have good music reading ability as well as proficiency at an instrument of choice. They may have studied GCSE Music (but this is not a pre-requisite) with keyboard skills being highly desirable.

About Fine Arts College

Hampstead Fine Arts College is one of the foremost Arts colleges in London. learn more about us, our staff and where our students fit in.


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