This course is designed for those students who have a real passion for music production and/or are considering a career in the music production and recording industry. This double award equates to two A Level subjects, allowing you to study one other complementary subject alongside such as Music, Performing Arts, IT, Film or Media. The course provides you with intensive tuition by teachers who produce music professionally and use their contacts and wealth of experience to provide you with the best opportunities. You will develop essential skills including: music production, studio recording and mixing, along with studying the sound and music industry.
Students studying three A Levels will be expected to have a minimum of two GCSEs at grade 6 and three GCSEs at grade 5/4, including English Language and Mathematics at grade 5/4 or above. Or eight GCSEs at a minimum of grade 5. This course may be taken alongside A Level courses and may be more suited to learners with a strong profile of prior attainment in vocational studies.
Features of the Course
This is a highly practical course where you will be trained to use our industry standard recording studios and rehearsal rooms to gain experience similar to the professional industry. You will learn how to mix and create your own music as well as develop essential practical skills, managerial skills and work skills which will help you in the creative industry.
The course is the equivalent of two A Levels. Students will demonstrate their knowledge, skills and understanding through practical, project-based assessments and exams. Ten units are completed over the two year course and two of these (33%) are external exams.
Exam Board: Pearson RQF
Enrichment and Work Experience
We have a fantastic enrichment programme you can get involved with in order to have some fun but also develop your skills and complement your studies.
Enrichment opportunities include:
• The Sixth Form soul band
• Rock band
• Musical theatre productions
• Music technology / creating music
You will also have the opportunity to be sound engineers and technicians for the music concerts and external performance.
Future students would benefit from researching the following in preparation for the course: Digital Audio Workstation recording techniques, Ableton and Protools.
Links With Other Subjects
Most subjects combine well with Music Technology but if you are serious about a career then consider combining this course with: Media Studies, Music, Film Studies, Theatre Studies, IT, English Language, or Business.
Future Career Opportunities
This course can lead to creative careers within music production, studio recording, live sound engineering, becoming a DJ or TV and film sound and sound designer.
Why study at The Sixth Form Bolton?
You will be taught by professionals who have experience within the recording industry and the world of Music Technology. We have excellent facilities for you to learn and perform in, including state of the art sound and recording studios. Music to us is more than just a subject, it’s our passion! If you share this passion then we invite you to join us and be with like-minded people who are all striving to reach the same goal. We expect our students to be committed to The Sixth Form and our course and we promise to provide you with all the help and support you need to succeed.