Music Technology is a creative and hands on approach to music covering everything from studio recording to contemporary composition. You will develop skills that will enable you to write, record, produce and market your own music whilst getting an appreciation and understanding of the software and equipment that enable you to do so. You will be given the opportunity to start building a professional portfolio of work that you can use to attract future clients and employers.
Assessment is undertaken in a variety of practical ways with some written assignments. 70% of work is assessed internally and undertaken through coursework. 30% is assessed externally and undertaken through controlled classroom-based assessments.
You will cover a wide range of units including Studio recording Techniques, Remixing and Reworking, Music and Sound for Media and Live Sound to name a few.
You will be given the opportunity to work within a recording studio environment to produce multitracked recordings, get creative using the professional DAW software in the Apple Mac labs and work on rigging and engineering in our professional theatre space.
There are many opportunities to further develop your skills through engagement in our enrichment activities and through work with our partners in the local community and professionals in the industry.
Most students continue their study after college at university where they can further develop their skills and begin to specialise in a specific area of the music industry. The varied skill set that Music Technology provides students with gives them a wide range of choices when it comes to careers, some of which not necessarily relating to the music industry.
Students have gone on to study at Salford, Huddersfield, Leeds, Edge Hill, Derby, Bath and York with some opting for specialist study a centres including BIMM, Futureworks, the Royal Northern School of Music, Leeds College of Music and the London School of Music amongst others.
Course activities to prepare for your SJR studies.
For Year 11 students who have applied and will be joining us in Year 12
Our Elective Programme is designed to help you develop your gifts and interests as part of an enhanced level 3 programme. We will help you realise your potential by nurturing your talent and preparing you for study at the most prestigious universities or for progression to competitive higher-level apprenticeships. Your options range from our Honours Programme, which might include following a fourth A level, to specialist Futures Programmes that will support your career goals.
If you’re not quite ready to start on a Level 3 Technical course (T Levels) or a Vocational Level 3 course (BTEC) but want to begin on the path to your chosen career, the Transition Programme could be for you.
Transition Programmes are tailored to prepare students to move onto Technical or Vocational Level 3 study. They will give you the opportunity to improve your English and Maths, your work readiness skills and introduce you to the technical skills and concepts that you will need for future study and employment.
As part of the Transition Programme you will study a BTEC Level 2 Award in your chosen subject area as well as the BTEC Level 2 Extended Award in Work Skills. You will also have the opportunity to resit GCSE English and/or Maths if you have not yet achieved a grade 4.
Entry criteria for Transition Programmes is four grade 3s including grade 3s in English Language and Maths GCSE.