V-Cert Level 2 (or Level 1)
Level 1 Pass Merit or Distinction
Level 2 Pass Merit, Distinction or Distinction*
(equivalent to GCSE grade 1-9)
Students are able to develop their working knowledge of composition, recording, live sound engineering, production and working collaboratively within specifically designed modules that focus on vocational scenarios from the music industry.
This qualification provides students with the opportunity to explore their interest in Music Technology coving a broad and balanced curriculum comprised of 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
A non-examined assessment (NEA) externally set and internally marked. Marks are moderated. The assessment is a synoptic project closely linked to the Music Industry. 60% weighting of the qualification
An externally set and externally marked written exam (EA). 40% weighting of the qualification.
Examined Assessment (EA) is expected to be sat in the May / June of Year 11 - Duration 1 hr and 30 minutes
Non Examined Assessment (NEA) - A new brief is released every September - Controlled assessment over 17 hours.
Students do not need to be able to read music or play an instrument to start the NCFE V-Cert Music Technology course– BUT IT HELPS! A passion for music is essential as students will be spending all of their time immersed in many aspects of the Music Industry. Students will be encouraged to get involved in on stage and technical support aspects of school extra-curricular music, if they are not already, as this will give them a greater chance to succeed.
If you enjoyed the NCFE V-Cert Level 2 Music course then you could consider Level 3 BTECs in Music Technology/Sound Engineering/Performing Arts as well as A levels in Music Technology and Performing Arts.
Your listening skills will enhance the aural perception needed in language examinations. Your IT skills will be supported as you will regularly be working at the computer. Music Technology students often move into careers involving radio broadcasting, sound engineering, teaching, arts administration/management of groups.
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