Music Performance and Production Level 3 Extended Diploma

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This programme is for students who wish to develop their musical skills, awareness and competence. Focusing on workshops and live performance, this course is primarily practical and hands-on.

You work in specialist facilities and external venues. Successful completion opens up a range of opportunities in the music industry, or progression to further study at university or specialist colleges. Ideally you will already play a musical instrument.

Our career pathways show you a typical route through the various stages of learning, what you will learn along the way and the careers these programmes could lead onto.

What I'll learn

You develop performance skills, background knowledge of music and an understanding of the industry. The focus is on the musician as a member of a group rather than as a solo performer, and the aim of the programme is to enhance your chances of employment in the music industry.

It is broad-based and gives you an introduction to the skills and areas of knowledge needed to contemplate a professional career.


How I'll learn

Areas of study include: performance, music technology, listening skills, the music industry, live sound, recording techniques, music theory, history and context of popular music, and 20th century music.

Our specialist staff are practitioners in the music industry and have wide international connections. They will teach you to perform, to react and play for your audience, to devise music for a variety of contexts, and to embrace the history of this very important area of work.


How I'll be assessed

This course is 100% coursework which means you need to be well organised! Guest speakers, workshops, trips and visits are also embedded into this course. Our new partnership with the SAE Institute means you could work on live projects within creative media production.


Entry Requirements

Five or more GCSEs including English and maths at grade A*–C (grades 4–9) or a Level 2 Diploma grade Merit or Distinction plus GCSEs in English and maths at grade C/4 or above or Functional Skills at level 2.

If you are interested in a Level 3 programme and have alternative qualifications you would like us to consider, please contact us with your details. Applicants will be invited to attend an interview and complete an internal assessment. All students will have their literacy and numeracy needs supported within the programme.

The fee for international students for the 2016 entrance is £6,300 per year.


How to Apply

Applying for one of our programmes is easy.

You can apply for a vocational programme online. Simply follow the link to ‘Apply now’ on your chosen programme page. You will then be asked to register or log in to progress with your application. As part of your application, you will be asked to provide us with your contact details, how your chosen programme fits with your future plans and if you require any extra support (for example, because of a disability, medical condition, learning or language support needs.) Printed application forms are also available on request by calling us on 0800 612 6008 or visiting us at one of our college Advice Centres. Please contact our Careers team if you need advice and guidance to help you choose the right programme for you.