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Music Performance and Production Arts Level 3 Extended Diploma

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Key information

Qualification type


Course code



Level 3


2 years


Oxford City Centre,
Oxpens Rd,
Oxford, OX1 1SA

Start date

Sep 2021

New and returning learners:

Please note that due to special measures we have put in place to make our sites COVID safe, we are asking all learners to enrol with us online. If you are unable to do so we can support you over the phone, simply call 0800 612 6008. Please do not enter our college sites without a prior appointment as we are managing the number of people on site at any time to comply with social distancing measures.

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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 will work and study 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.

Each year, our students have the opportunity to take part in our End of Year Festival to showcase their work. Take a look at our video of the 2019 show, "Arrival". 


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.


How to Apply

You can apply for this programme online. Click on APPLY NOW and follow the steps below:

  • Register for our online service and verify your account
  • Log in to our website and click APPLY NOW on your chosen programme’s page to complete 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).
Please include full details of your qualifications from your own country, as well as details of any English Language tests you have taken.

Printed application forms are also available.

Please contact our Careers team if you need advice and guidance to help you choose the right programme for you.