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Music Technology

Music Technology

Our Subject

Music Technology focuses on recording techniques together with creative arranging and composing, making use of computer software. You should have a strong interest in 20th-century popular music and an aptitude for both music and IT. Some experience with sequencing software and recording technology is highly desirable. It is useful to have a GCSE or BTEC Music or IT qualification, but neither of these is essential. An appreciation of traditional music theory is also desirable, though also not essential as students without experience will have a crash course. Music Technology involves a large volume of practical coursework, encouraging you to cultivate many skills. You’ll have opportunities to sequence MIDI and audio, record live instruments, and produce CDs.

To study Music Technology at Bilborough, you need a minimum grade C/4 or above in English GCSE, and if you have taken Music or ICT at GCSE, a minimum grade C/4 in that subject.  Experience of music theory and modern music technology software on Mac or PC would be advantageous as would be the ability to play a musical instrument

Our links with HE

Some students opt to take both Music and Music Technology. This is a sensible choice if you are musically very able and intend to continue studying music in higher education. It is always good to consult the specific entry requirements of individual universities first. Our A-level in Music Technology can lead to further study in Music, Music Technology or Performing Arts at Higher National or degree level. It may help you on your way to a career in the music industry or to a technology-orientated career.

Our fully equipped Mac suite
Our fully equipped Mac suite

Course Structure

Some of the information here is from Edexcel’s student guides. The full specification is available on the Edexcel website. Your AS qualification consists of two units: ‘Music Technology Portfolio 1’ and ‘Listening and Analysing’. For the first unit you will cover both sequencing and recording, submitting a total of three coursework recordings on CD. Your work will range from sequenced performances and multitrack recordings of pre-existing music set by Edexcel to more creative endeavours. For the ‘Listening and Analysing’ module you’ll demonstrate your ability to listen to unfamiliar music and analyse musical, technical and stylistic features under exam conditions.

For the second (A2) year, you will take two further units. In the first you will develop the practical aspects of MIDI sequencing and recording studied for AS and create your own compositions using music technology. This will result in you submitting a portfolio of recording and sequencing coursework. The second unit is assessed by exam, in which you will show your thorough understanding of music language and technological processes. You will learn to identify and correct mistakes in musical recordings to produce a final corrected mixdown of a given musical performance provided by Edexcel.


Many Bilborough Sixth Form College students have progressed to prestigious higher education courses such as the University of Surrey’s world famous Tonmeister™ degree, and courses at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (based in Paul McCartney’s old school) and the School of Audio Engineering.

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