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Music Technology

Music Technology is the study or the use of any device, mechanism, machine or tool by a musician or composer. 

Why study Music Technology? 

You should study Music Technology if you have an interest in the technical side of sound and music production. Do you see yourself as the live sound engineer for your favourite band? What about creating sound effects for the next big video game? How about recording and producing musicians in the recording studio?  

What will I study?

We study the Pearson Subsidiary Diploma in Music Technology which is equivalent to one A-level. 

The course features a wide range of specialist units. These include an in depth look at the operation of the recording studio and the processes involved in creating a music product, focusing upon the equipment needed, suitable microphone techniques, professional studio procedures, and a unit dedicated to mixing and mastering techniques. 

The course also covers the use of sequencing software developing your skills to sequence both MIDI and audio material. You use DAW software to aid in music creation, production and arrangement through specific sequencing techniques alongside learning the working of synthesisers and samplers to produce new sounds. The course also features a unit devoted to live sound techniques: setting up and operating the equipment needed for live music events. 

Which exam board & how will I be assessed?


There are no written exams and the course is assessed via coursework.

Where could it take me?

Music technology has a wide range of progression routes including university degrees in music production, audio engineering for live and studio, music for video games and acoustics. Our alumni now work in some of the country’s top music venues. Some students progress straight into employment in areas such as events support at venues around the country. 

Subject combinations

The course combines very well with a vast range of creative subjects such as all Art courses, Media and Theatre Studies.  

If you are looking to pursue music at a conservatoire or university, this course will combine well with A-level Music and/or Music Performance. 

What support is available?

The course is housed in the state-of-the-art media and performing arts centre. Music Technology is taught in a large DAW suite, with laptops available for mobile study all of which contain access to industry standard software packages.  

The music department also offers a second large music classroom, two practice rooms, a band room and two dedicated professional digital recording studios. All of which are soundproofed and fully equipped with access to excellent audio hardware and software.

What extracurricular activity is available?

Recent trips and visits have included visiting The British Music Experience and Ronnie Scott’s in London along with trips to see the orchestra in Manchester.   

We put on a range of concerts and musicals each year, and encourage students to get involved as sound engineers, performers, conductors and technicians.  

Did you know?

Music Technology students have achieved on average 96% Distinction*- Distinction over the last 3 years.

Hands on approach with learning and assessment through practical teacher assessed assignments rather than exams.