Performing arts, music and media A-Level For 16-19 Year Olds

A Level Music Technology

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COURSE oVERVIEW

Performance – you will work on repertoire at grade 6 standard and above, developing technical flexibility and skills of interpretation
Composition – working to a brief, you will learn to create atmosphere using orchestral forces
Analysis – you will analyse musical features and historical contexts of a range of ‘set works’ covering around 400 years of musical history

EXAMINATION BOARD: edexcel

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

Any prior experience of using production software will help students become familiar with recording features, edit screens and plugins. Applications including Cubase, Logic Pro, FL Studio to name a few offer free or trial versions of their software for users to experience, many of which are available for PC, MAC and tablets.

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studying A level music technology

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Why study A Level Music Technology at Blackpool Sixth?

As a student you will have access to industry standard studio facilities to complete coursework and build a portfolio of recordings, arrangements and compositions. You will also have the opportunity to sound engineer live events.

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How will I be taught?

  • Hands on, practical sessions
  • Learning by doing is one of the most effective methods to help link theory and practice together
  • Learning and working as part of a team
  • Learning from each other can help develop vital employability skills, including communication, listening and confidence
  • Developing student and employer relationships quickly can really help to gain the most from those you’ll be working with
  • Independent learning
  • Running your own projects will help to develop time management and high level thinking skills whilst also giving you ownership of work.
  • Learning through research
  • Gaining knowledge and expertise from current producers and industry professionals enables you to adapt your practice and embed new skills and ideas.
  • Learning in the music industry
  • Producing music for live and studio based events for local employers will give you crucial skills to support you in employment

Teacher expertise

The Music Technology course leader Ash Goodinson is also a freelance musician and producer working in the industry, performing and producing music for events and venues. His relevant and recent experience enables students to learn current working practices, whilst also gaining links to employers and employment opportunities through a wide range of contacts.

What skills will I develop?

  • Industry standard production skills through coursework and employer engagement
  • Project management
  • Managing entire projects to include musicians, studio time, equipment, mixdown time, showcasing.
  • Communication and listening skills through recruiting and working with recording artists as part of coursework and employer projects
  • Live sound engineering
  • Installation and operation of PA systems for external events held in Blackpool and Fylde Coast venues
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How will I be assessed?

60

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EXAM
  • 60% Exam

This is a linear course, which means all assessments take place at the end of year 2:

40

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Coursework
  • 40% Coursework
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What will you study and other information about A-Level Music technology

Where does it lead?

Typical career destinations include music producer, sound engineer, studio manager, project and events management, composer / songwriter and teachingMost students will go to university to studio a music production degree to continue developing their skills, knowledge and portfolio.

Our Alumni

Elliott Gray-Medd, class of 23

HIGH SCHOOL: Cardinal Allen Catholic High School

Elliott studied level 2 and 3 BTEC Health and Social Care, GCSE English and GCSE Maths at Blackpool Sixth. He is now working as a teaching assistant at Red Marsh School. He said “The staff are amazing and so supportive. I wouldn’t be where I am without them!”

Yulan ChanDelaney, class of 23

FORMER HIGH SCHOOL: Montgomery Academy

Congratulations to Yulan ChanDelaney for achieving excellent grades in her A Levels! Yulan has excelled with A grades in Biology and her Extended Project and B grades in Chemistry and Religion, Ethics and Philosophy. We are delighted to announce that Yulan will be attending the University of Leeds in the coming academic year to study medicine. Best of luck with your future studies, Yulan!

Adam Walker, class of 23

FORMER HIGH SCHOOL: Millfield Science & Performing Arts College

Adam has achieved an impressive Double Distinction star in BTEC Music and a Merit in BTEC Business at Blackpool Sixth. We are thrilled to announce that Adam will be pursuing Creative Musicianship at ICMP, and we cannot wait to see where his passion for music takes him!

Luke Moore, class of 23

FORMER HIGH SCHOOL: Lytham St Annes Technology & Performing Arts College

Luke is an incredibly talented student who excelled in BTEC Performing Arts – Musical Theatre, achieving an impressive Triple Distinction Star grade. Luke has decided to take a gap year to audition for colleges but dreams to attend a top London-based college, and eventually make it to the West End. We have no doubt that Luke will achieve great success in his future!

Thirisha Varatharajan, class of 23

FORMER HIGH SCHOOL: Baines School

Thirisha Varatharajan has excelled in her biology A Level with a grade of B, as well as chemistry and mathematics A Levels, both with a grade of A. We are proud to announce that Thirisha will be attending the University of Liverpool in the upcoming academic year. We wish her all the best in her future endeavours and can’t wait to see what she will achieve next!

Maddie robinson, class of 23

FORMER HIGH SCHOOL: Carr Hill

Maddie Robinson has received a Double Distinction Star and a Distinction in Health & Social Care (Triple). We are thrilled to hear that Maddie plans to progress into employment at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, and we are confident that she will excel in this role. Maddie’s hard work and dedication have clearly paid off, and we wish her all the best with her future. Well done, Maddie!

David Speight, class of 23

FORMER HIGH SCHOOL: Highfield Leadership Academy

David Speight gained an A grade in A Level Photography and a Double Distinction Star in BTEC Film and Television. We are proud to announce that he will be moving onto a Level 3 Content Creator Apprenticeship at Ascent Trampoline Park.

Sarah Grogan, class of 23

FORMER HIGH SCHOOL: Montgomery Academy

Sarah has recently received A* grades in maths and physics, as well as an A in economics. We are thrilled to announce that Sarah will be attending Cambridge University to pursue her studies in economics.

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