Closing Date for applications is Friday 12th February 2021.
Any applications received after this date will be treated as a late application.
What is the course about?
This course covers the areas of real world recording, production and computer based music creation
For whom is the course suitable?
This course would be suitable for you if:
· You have a love of many different kinds of popular music (including jazz) and are willing to explore and expand on this throughout the course
· You want to study music but do not wish to perform as part of the course (or are not at a Grade 5 level on your first instrument) You WILL need keyboard skills to access the course.
· You have studied music at KS4. If you have a basic knowledge of music theory due to having instrumental lessons please confirm with staff at Open Evening or Induction Week that your knowledge is sufficient.
Teaching Methods and Homework commitment:
You will use current and industry standard music software and a digital twenty four track recording studio to complete coursework. Homework is generally research based tasks.
All theories and topics are covered via teacher led lessons and are then supported by practical exercises and experimentation to develop the candidates’ skills and knowledge.
What could I go on to do at the end of the course?
This course could lead to eventual careers within the following areas – Music Production, Studio Engineering, Live Sound Engineering, Sound Effects and Foley work.
Method of Study and Assessment:
A Level Course
2 Coursework Components
Component 1 – Recording
3 minute composition utilizing technology in its creation. Choice of one brief, from a set of three, provided by the exam board covering music to film, music to lyrics or sampling
Component 2 – close Mic Recording
3 minute close-mic studio recording of a commercially available song. Choice of 10 songs or artisits as prescribed by the exam board
2 Exam Components
Component 3 –
Critical Listening Paper
Written exam requiring the student to analyse, critique and compare a range of
You will be expected to comment on sound production techniques, production errors/limitations and possible solutions
Component 4 – Analysing and Producing Paper
Practical exam that requires the student to identify and correct musical and/or production errors across a range of audio tracks provided. The final task in the exam is to mix the tracks into one final stereo master, for submission with their exam paper