The Music Department has five recording studios running Logic Pro on Macs and there is a wide range of microphones, suitable for all recording applications. Additionally there is a large suite of Macs equipped with Logic Pro to allow students to undertake individual work in their own time.
The A Level Music Technology course is split into four main disciplines: recording, sequencing, producing and listening. In order to get the most out of the course, students should be interested in a variety of popular styles of music – from the 1950s to the present day.
The Music Department is a great place to meet like-minded musicians and form bands. Performance opportunities are in abundance and include lunchtime gigs, the Spring and Winter Concerts, annual Battle of the Bands competition and Reigate College Leavers Music Fest.
Take a look at some students’ recent performances in the Performing Arts Photo Gallery.
What goes well with this course?
Studying Music Technology offers a variety of career paths. There are many employment opportunities including: composing for film, TV and games, live sound, studio engineering, music management and events, solo artist, session musician and song-writer.
Further Study opportunities include degree courses in all areas of Music Technology, for example:
- Surrey University Tonmeister course. Usually two or three students a year secure places on this highly acclaimed course. Tonmeister course requirements are stringent. Students must have high grades in Maths, Physics, Music Technology/Music and Grade 5 Theory
- Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts
- Popular Music and Recording, University of Salford
- Popular Music, Napier University, Edinburgh
Each year students produce two assessed recordings, and at the end of each year there are two exams, one covering the technical aspects of Sequencing and Recording, and one the analysis of production techniques throughout music history.
Students will develop skills in:
- Sequencing, synthesis and sampling
- Multi-track recording, mixing and mastering
- Composing and arranging
- Listening and analysing styles most common in popular music
Course Specific Trips, Visits & Experiences
Music Technology students have the opportunity to take part in a variety of course related experiences. During the first year, students will visit a professional recording studio to record a song and sit in on a mixing session. They will return to the same studio during the second year and take full control of a mix session on an analogue SSL desk. There are also numerous opportunities to gain real experience of performing and sound engineering at college-organised events.
The Music Department is a great place to meet like-minded musicians and form bands. Performance opportunities are in abundance and include lunchtime gigs, along with:
- Music videos such as Times Like These and Don’t Go Out
- A chance to perform in the College’s Winter and Spring Concerts and the annual Battle of the Bands as well as regular lunchtime recitals
- A chance to perform at the College’s annual Leavers’ Festival
- The opportunity to take part in Reigate’s New Music Fest – both behind the scenes and on the stage
In addition to course specific experiences, students also have the opportunity to get involved in the College’s Activities Programme.
All students need to gain an experience of the work place during their time at College and for students studying vocational courses it should ideally be linked to one of their subject areas.
The course is assessed through two practical and written examinations in June and externally assessed coursework.
The exam board for this A Level is Pearson Edexcel.
All students need to have at least five GCSEs at Grade 4 or above (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted on an A Level/BTEC Level 3 Programme.
In addition, students should meet the following minimum entry requirements:
- Evidence of musical ability, for example GCSE or BTEC Music, ABRSM Grades or those offered by similar awarding bodies
- Grade 4 in Maths and
- Grade 4 in Combined Science or Grade 4 in Physics
Acceptance on the course is subject to an audition, at which prospective students will be asked to perform their instrument to Grade 5 ABRSM standard, willl be given a basic piano sight reading test and discuss why they wish to take the course. A pass at Grade 5 ABRSM Instrument is not required as long as students can play to this standard.
Students will do well on the course if they are:
- Natural performers – perhaps already in a band
- Fascinated by the workings of music studios and production companies
- Good with IT
- Team players
- Keen to develop studio skills to a high level
Students should be able to perform in public both as solo artists and as members of a group. In addition, students should be willing and able to organise groups of people for a recording session.
How to Apply
Applications for entry September 2020
Students from partner schools (Reigate, Warwick, de Stafford and Oakwood) should complete an online application under the guidance of their school.
All other applicants should download and return the 2020 application form.
All applications will be considered according to the College’s Admissions Policy.
Please see the Admissions timetable for information about the College’s enrolment process.