“How is it that music can, without words, evoke our laughter, our fears, our highest aspirations?” ― Jane Swan

This qualification enables learners to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of the music technology industry. It’s suitable for learners who are motivated and challenged by learning through hands-on experiences. The qualification will allow learners to gain practical skills in creating music using technology. The role of technology is central to most performances and a wide variety of jobs exist in related fields, including the vital contribution of technicians. Musicians and music technicians are often required to ‘multi-task’ and need to understand different aspects of a performance, a recording or an event.

Course content

Students will gain a broad understanding of music technology including the following:

• How to set up and use of a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW)
• Creating a musical project to a specified brief, using audio and MIDI editing tools
• Experimenting with musical elements in a chosen style
• How to plan and undertake a studio recording session
• Mixing techniques to make a multi-track recording
• To sound creation.

Skills developed

At the end of Key Stage 4 students should be able to develop skills in operating a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) creatively using audio, MIDI, hardware and editing tools and create a musical project in response to a brief, reflecting industry skills. Students will develop skills to analyse stylistic elements of music and understand a piece of music based on a specific style, technique and be able to review the technical and creative processes.


Description Length % Comment
Coursework 140 GLH 50%
Examination 4 hours 50%


There are a number of routes you can take to further your career within music technology such as, further study at university or college; there are a wide range of music degrees out there.  You can study a variety of musical styles including classical, jazz, popular music and electronic music.  Apprenticeships will provide you with a structured training period with a solid foundation of knowledge from which to progress in this sector as a:

  • Recording Engineer
  • Studio Manager
  • Music production
  • Sound Technician