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York College

Entry requirements

A minimum of four grade 5s at GCSE and English Language at grade 4. You will have some basic keyboard skills as well as the ability to play an instrument or sing to a competent standard.


Two years.

What will I study?

Are you intrigued as to how pop music is recorded and how to make the finished product sound so good? Would you like to be involved in the technological side or the creative side of the music business? If so, then this is the course for you.

You will study:

Sequencing Software

  • Learn how to use the Cubase 7 software for both recording and sequencing
  • Develop critical listening skills and understand how to mix/master to achieve professional sounding results

Composing / Arranging Music using Technology

  • Learn how to use Cubase as a tool to help realise and develop compositional ideas
  • Learners are free to work within a range of styles, genres and instrumental resources (both acoustic and electronic)
  • Chance to specialise in either songwriting or composing for film/TV (second year)

Working in the Modern Recording Studio

  • Each student will produce 2 songs in the recording studio from start to finish including recording, mixing and mastering (first and second years)
  • Learn about microphones and effective recording techniques for a variety of instruments
  • Understand how to operate a studio level mixing desk and what it takes to work as a producer/engineer in recording studios

The History of Popular Music and Recording Technology

  • Study the main genres of popular music from 1910 - Present Day
  • Understand the major developments in music technology equipment such as recording technology, analogue vs. digital, synthesis and sampling

Students will leave the course with a portfolio of work which will be useful in future employment or university applications.

How will I be assessed?

Coursework (70 per cent)

Listening and analysing (30 per cent)

Each student has their own CD of the examples within the exam, and you work at your own pace.


A small materials cost is applied to this course. This will be confirmed at interview.

Good course combinations

Music, Media Studies, Film Studies, Dance, Drama and Theatre Studies, Physics and Maths.

What could it lead to?

Music Technology provides you with a qualification that complements others to progress to higher education or employment. Many students go on to study on some of the country's top university courses and conservatoires.

Need some help?

If you have any further questions about this course, or would like us to help you with your application, please contact the Schools Liaison team on 01904 770239 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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