Music Technology

NCFE Level 2 Technical Award

Course Leader: Mr N Reynolds
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Examination Board: NCFE
Assessment: 40% Exam, 60% Coursework

Why should I study this subject at Key Stage 4? 

This unique and popular qualification provides a vocationally relevant course in popular music, which allows for progression into the music or recording industry.   You can study this course and not need to play an instrument.

What does the course involve?

The course is split into six units which are studied in Year 10. When you get to Year 11, you apply your skills to complete coursework, and then take and complete an exam. 

Content area 1: Introduction to music technology and the music business

Content area 2: The digital audio workstation (DAW) 

Content area 3: Musical elements, musical style and music technology

Content area 4: Sound creation 

Content area 5: Multitrack recording

Differences from Year 9 

At Key Stage 3, you will have experienced elements of Music Technology and found this side of Music fun. This course expands on this work, and gives you the practical freedom to experiment and refine your skills.  

Skills developed
You will develop vocational skills required to support your journey into the music industry. You will become familiar with Logic Pro X and microphones, as well as plugins and effects required for a professional recording.

How will this course help me in the future? 

You could progress into employment or onto an apprenticeship. The understanding and skills gained through this qualification could be useful to progress onto apprenticeship in the Music Industry through various occupations that are available, such as a producer, engineer , technician and arranger. 

Studying Music at Sixth Form

Students can continue studying music as an A Level here at Thomas Gainsborough School.

Extra Curriculuar

A wide range of ensembles, choirs and groups run throughout the year. Peripatetic music lessons are also available, to find out more please contact the Head of Music.