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Music Technology A level

Our Music Technology A Level is aimed at students with a passion and talent for music. Richmond upon Thames College is located in Twickenham, London, and is on the doorstep to a whole world of music opportunities. RuTC has produced some famous musicians including Dave (the rapper), who studied A Level Music, and some parents may remember rock band Kula Shaker, who met at RuTC in 1988. Our students go on to accomplish great things, whether in the public eye or behind the scenes in the music industry and our aim is to help you to get to where you want to be.


Edexcel’s A Level GCE in Music Technology is a course for students who would like to pursue a career in music production. The Music Technology course is broken up into 4 units that cover the full spectrum of basic skills needed to progress to a higher level of study or to work in one of the many areas of music production.

This is a practical course in which you will learn how to use industry recording studio and Logic music software for mixing, sequencing, arranging and composing. You will use industry standard software used by musicians or composers to make or perform music; play back or record songs or pieces; or to analyse or edit music.


This course covers: Studio Recording; Technology-based composition; Listening and Analysing; and Production Techniques. You do not need to have previous experience of Music Technology and there is no Music Theory or Live Performance involved. You do need to be enthusiastic to learn about, and apply, sound recording, sound design, and music production techniques in our industry-standard studios. Fits particularly well with Media and Science courses.


Music Facilities

The Music Department has industry-standard facilities, including Logic, Ableton, Native Instruments and Waves software. We have superbly equipped rehearsal rooms and mixdown/programming suites, as well as a state-of the-art main recording studio. You can take a look at our college facilities, including our music studios, by clicking here. You can also have a look at our 360 Virtual Tour, where you can take yourself on a virtual tour of our brand new music studios. 


A level students will study a two year linear A Level programme. At the end of their 1st year, students will sit internally assessed exams.


Exam Board: Edexcel



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  • What will I study and learn?

    You will develop your listening skills through analysis of popular music covering all styles from rock and soul to EDM (electronic dance music) and commercial pop.

    You will develop a broad range of skills including project management, appraising and analysis, creativity and imagination.

    Main areas of focus:

    • Operating a professional recording studio and learning all associated techniques
    • Capturing, producing and mixing recordings
    • Composing with music technology
    • Sampling, synthesis and effects
    • The principles of sound and audio technology
    • The development of popular music styles
    • The history and development of recording and production technology
  • How is the course accessed?

    Assessment is both practical and written assessment:

    • Component 1: Recording - non-examined assessment: externally assessed. 20% of the qualification (60 marks)
    • Component 2: Technology-based composition - non-examined assessment: externally assessed. 20% of the qualification (60 marks)
    • Component 3: Listening and analysing - written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes. 25% of the qualification (75 marks)
    • Component 4: Producing and analysing - written/ practical examination: 2 hours 15 minutes. 35% of the qualification (105 marks)
  • What formal entry requirements will I need?

    Minimum requirements - average point score of 5 including GCSE English Language and Maths at grade 5.

    Points calculation

    The average points score for entry to an A Level programme will be calculated using your 8 best GCSEs OR 6 GCSEs plus 1 technical qualification (equivalent to a maximum of 2 GCSEs and 10 points). From 2017 English Language, English Literature and Mathematics GCSE will be graded numerically (1 – 9. Grade 5 = a good grade C, grade 6 = grade B and grade 7 = grade A).

    To work out your average and find out more information, please see our Entry Requirements page.

  • What could the course lead to in higher education or careers?

    Students will be able to progress to undergraduate study in Music Technology, Sound Production, Sound Engineering and many other courses requiring a similar skill set.

    Universities students can progress onto could include

    • Surrey University
    • ACM
    • Ravensbourne
    • BIMM
    • Chichester
  • Are there any costs involved?


  • Are you aged over 19?

    Students aged 19 or over on 31st August directly preceding their academic year may be required to pay tuition fees for that year of study. Advanced Learner Loans may be available for students studying at Level 3. If you are aged 19-23 as at 31 August and this is your first full Level 3 you may not have to pay fees.

    Students who are 19-24 years old with Education Health and Care Plans (EHCP) issued by the Local Authority are not required to pay course fees (ie tuition fees are free). Students will be required to provide a final copy of their EHCP provided by the LA as evidence.


    You can find A Level course fees for adults on our A Level page. 


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