This course is intended for teachers of Edexcel Music Technology who wish to develop strategies for preparing students for the listening and analysing papers in the new specification.

It will cover the main features of the current specification as well as the demands of the new one, the impact of the new assessment objectives and their implications for teaching the course.


  • Gain an understanding of the structure and requirements of the 2017 A Level Music Technology
  • Consider effective strategies through which to develop students AO4 skills in evaluation and critical judgement
  • Gain confidence in planning and delivering the course, including approaches to teaching and learning, assessment, interventions and resources
  • Take away practical strategies for success in Component 4 in the audio tasks
  • Consider your planning for delivery of the Component 4 content across Year 12 and Year 13



COURSE DATE London Wednesday 21 November 2018
WHO FOR?  Heads of Department
Heads of Faculty
Music Technology Teachers
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
Detailed notes On-line materials
Powerpoint presentations CPD Certificate
 High quality training facilities Sit-down buffet lunch



10.00 – 11.00am: Overview of Component 4

  • Exploring the nature and structure of the new Component 4
  • Assessment overview: types of question, content overview and assessment objectives
  • Developing students’ skills in recording and production techniques for both corrective and creative purposes and associated principles of audio and sound technology

11.00 – 11.15am: Discussion: coffee break


11.15 – 12.00pm: Producing and Analysing

  • Developing students’ skills in making informed decisions about equipment
  • Understanding the skills required linked to students’ technical numeracy to make calculations related to Music Technology
  • Practical strategies to engage with technical theory and associated resources to support teaching and learning

12.00 – 12.45pm: Extended Written Response: Critical Judgement and Evaluation

  • Preparing students for the essay focusing on a specific mixing scenario, signal path, effect or music technology hardware unit
  • Strategies to build students’ AO4 skills in evaluation and critical judgement for Component 4
  • Linking practical work to exam preparation – critical listening, recording and production techniques, development of technology
  • Ideas for classroom delivery, teaching strategies and resources

12.45 – 1.45pm: Lunch and informal discussion


1.45 – 2.40pm: Theoretical and Practical Requirements - The Exam

  • Building on student skills gained through Components 1, 2 and 3 and applying them to the exam
  • Discussion of strategies to build students’ skills when working under pressure
  • Suggestions for centre administration and logistics associated with running the exam

2.40 – 3.40pm: The Audio: Practical Processes and the Final Bounces

  • Strategies for success in preparing for the audio tasks
  • Effective use of DAWs in preparing for the Component 4 paper
  • The final bounce – understanding the mark scheme
  • Discussion of exemplar student work

James Reevell

James is a teacher, author and examiner with extensive experience in delivering Music and Music Technology A level courses. He was Subject Leader for Visual and Creative Arts at Rochdale Sixth Form College, with responsibility for courses in Art, Dance, Drama, Music and Music Technology. The college has topped the A level progress tables for four consecutive years and was judged as ‘Outstanding’ by OFSTED in 2013. He has recently moved to Greenhead College in Huddersfield, where he teaches Music and Music Technology A levels, alongside his work as an examiner, trainer and author. James has recently contributed to study and revision guides published by Rhinegold Education and CGP and delivers nationwide training to teachers with a particular focus on Music Technology and Popular Music.