Haverhill Community Sixth Form

Music Technology

Studying Music at A Level will allow you to develop your existing performance ability and if you already enjoy writing your own music or songs, you can use this ability and experience to learn how to develop your ideas into successful pieces.

If you love listening to music, you will be guided to analytically grasp more about what makes the music you enjoy work so well in the future, Creativity is going to be one of the most important and in-demand skills at work.

When business leaders across the world were surveyed, they voted creativity as the most important workplace skill to help their businesses survive and grow. this means that the study of creative subjects, like Music, is becoming even more important and relevant to young people to give you the chance to succeed – whatever your ambitions.

Whilst on the course you will also find many opportunities to develop and improve your personal wellbeing both independently and as part of a wider community.

Throughout the duration of the two-year course opportunities to perform live will be a reoccurring theme within the timetabled lesson and the wider community sixth Form and school community at annual concerts and shows. 

Course details

Qualification: A-level

Exam Board: Pearson

Exam make-up: Individual exam (60% – two parts) / Coursework (40% – two parts)

Unit Titles: Unit 1 – Recording 20% (internal). Unit 2 – Technology-based composition 20% (internal). Unit 3 – Listening and analysing 25% (written). Unit 4 – Producing and analysing 35% (written and practical). 

Key skills required: Creativity and imagination, critical thinking, teamwork communication and presentation. 

Entry Requirements: Grade 5 in Music at GCSE

Career prospects:

  • Musician, Composer or Arranger 
  • Arts Administrator 
  • Music Journalist, Music Therapist 
  • Sound Engineer, Jingle Writer, or Music Manager 
  • Music Critic 
  • Outreach Officer for orchestras 
  • Peripatetic Music Tutor, Music Scholar, or Music Teacher 

Complementary subjects: Drama, History, Film, Business Studies and English Literature.

Staff details

Name: Mr Radford

Degree Subject: BA (Hons) Music

University studied at: Canterbury Christ Church University (BMus MMus), University of Cambridge (PGCE)

Music Technology

“I am now a Music Teacher and session musician following my time at Samuel Ward Academy.”

Lewis Tingey
A Level/BTEC grade achieved: C
Studied at Royal College of Music