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Further information:

Letter from Gavin Williamson CBE MP to Simon Lebus

Letter from Simon Lebus to Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE MP

DfE and Ofqual have launched two consultations (15th January):

GCSE, AS and A Level awarding in summer 2021

Alternative arrangements for the award of VTQs and other generals in 2021

Using Xbox to Access Online Learning

It is possible for learners to access their online work from home using a gaming console. For guidance on how to do this please download the document here.

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Using Digital Sampling Techniques for Composing

Level 3
Credit Value
Guided Learning Hours

Learning Outcomes Assessment Criteria
The Learner Will The Learner Can

Understand the role of samplers in music production.

  • 1.1 - Explain how samplers are used in music production. 
  • 1.2 - Explain the difference between a hardware and software sampler.
  • 1.3 - Analyse an example of commercial music where a sampler has been used.

Know how to choose loops for sampling.

  • 2.1 - Explain what is meant by a ‘loop’ in sampling.
  • 2.2 - Define possible loops to be used for a given project.
  • 2.3 - Select loops which are suitable for a given project.

Be able to produce a musical composition using loops.

  • 3.1 - Explain different types of musical structure. 
  • 3.2 - Explain types of tempo and dynamics.
  • 3.3 - Compose a piece of music including loops.
  • 3.4 - Explain how the loops contribute to the composition.
  • 3.5 - Analyse how it communicates with its intended audience.

Be able to remix a composition.

  • 4.1 - Summarise how the composition could be remixed.
  • 4.2 - Explain how the remix has produced a different sounding composition which contains the same hook.

Review the compositions.

  • 5.1 - Critically compare the compositions and explain ways in which they:
    a) remain related
    b) are different.


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