DD's friend is doing it to A2 along with maths, FM and physics and has an offer to study sound engineering at university. I'm not sure which but I'm told it's best for her specific course (and it is not
a RG uni).
Music Tech is a subject that many teenagers master without a formal qualification (finances permitting).
Is the dept. well funded? Do they employ someone solely for Music Tech or is it (just) a (normal) music teacher?
What does DS want to do at uni? Does music tech figure at all or be viewed as an asset?
If DS is looking to do a more traditional academic course then music tech would most likely be great as a third or fourth choice. But do bear in mind that if he later wishes to opt for a competitive uni / course that is very academic there will probably be many applicants offering 4 highly academic A levels which he needs to compete with.
Many uni courses require 2, sometimes 3, specific subjects as facilitating ones. These must be picked first. The 3rd / 4th may not really matter. Also think grades. Are 'A' grades going to be needed for DS possible later choices? What grades does the school get for music tech?
DD performs and records and has self taught. You'd be surprised at what can be done with an audio box and laptop by teenagers with no formal music tech teaching.
Does DS already do this sort of thing at home too? It's usually a good indication as to whether they are 'into it' really and may benefit (and enjoy) some formal teaching - ...or not?
Personally, I think it always a good idea to let DC'n do what they want. It's often a good indication of where their interests lie, particularly the vocational options. Sometimes I wonder if there is not too much emphasis on RG unis, academic subjects etc. and it distracts us as parents from helping our children make the right choices for them. Step outside the box SN, does your son love
this subject or is it just 'a passing interest'? Is it something that can be satisfied with a some 'home equipment' for his next birthday present? What does he want out of it? As I said, most teens I know, are pretty hot on music tech without music tech A level.