Welcome to the MUSIC TECHNOLOGY Department

Why choose NCFE Tech Award in Music Technology?

This course is designed for learners who want an introduction to music technology that includes a vocational and project-based element. It encourages the learner to use knowledge and practical tools to focus on specific creative and technical music technology outcomes. They will develop significant personal and vocational skills that can be transferred to further study or employment. This course involves the understanding of hardware and software used in digital audio workstations (SOUNDTRAP), the elements of music, multitrack recording, mixing, and sound creation for media. Learners will apply their knowledge and understanding to produce compositional work, mixed sound recordings and sound creation projects for visual and other media.

How does the course work?

This course is split into 5 content areas:

  • Content Area 1 - Introduction to Music Technology and the Music Business
  • Content Area 2 - The Digital Audio Workstation (DAW)
  • Content Area 3 - Musical Elements, Musical Style and Music Technology
  • Content Area 4 - Sound Creation
  • Content Area 5 - Multitrack Recording

Students will learn all 5 areas of content in Year 10 before being assessed in Year 11.

How will I be assessed?

Non-exam assessment = 60% of qualification (Coursework)

This coursework enables the learner to show their ability to integrate and apply knowledge, understanding and skills with breadth and depth. It also requires them to demonstrate their capability to apply knowledge, understanding and skills across all content areas that are being assessed. Students will create music in response to a brief and create a commentary on the musical processes.

Exam assessment = 40% of qualification (Written exam)
This exam will assess students’ knowledge and understanding of each content area through a mixture of multiplechoice, short-answer and extended response questions.