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The Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music Performance and Production has been designed to provide you with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to progress to further study and training in a range of music performance and production disciplines.
The qualification has been designed for students who have an interest in music performance and/or music production who wish to explore and extend this interest via a full-time, immersive learning experience. This course pathway focuses on music production.
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
Successful students will work towards UAL Extended Diploma in Music Performance and Production, (equivalent to 3 A-levels).
Throughout the duration of the programme, students will technically support and produce a number of varied public performances, develop a portfolio of work, their music industry knowledge, and their skills to help them to further their music careers and find employment, or support an application for a higher education course. Additional learning and pastoral support is offered through the tutorial system.
How I'll learn
The UAL Level 3 Diploma in Music Performance and Production has been designed to provide students with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to progress to further study and training in a range of music performance and production disciplines.
This course pathway focuses on music production and is taught through a range of approaches designed to provide learners with the opportunity to develop technical skills, practical applications and vocational real world experience in music production.
The qualification has been designed for students who have an interest in music performance and/ or music production who wish to explore and extend this interest via a full-time, immersive learning experience. Many students will have identified a specific career in the creative industries that they wish to progress to (eg performer, songwriter, producer, engineer etc), using this qualification to build on skills and knowledge acquired via Level 2 qualifications such as the UAL Level 2 Diploma in Music Performance and Production or GCSEs.
The content of the UAL Level 3 Diploma in Music Performance and Production has been developed with representatives from universities, further education colleges, sixth form colleges and employers to ensure that it provides students with the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to progress to the next level of education and training.
How I'll be assessed
The qualification is made up of eight units and students must successfully complete all of them - all units are mandatory. The units focus on the underpinning skills, knowledge and understanding that support all music performance and production activity. The units have been designed to allow approved providers to deliver them in a way that meets the specific needs of their students, taking into account their own resources and relationships with local creative employers, and enabling them to respond to the fast paced nature of the creative industries.
Students are assessed via a ‘Final Major Project’ which takes place at the end of the course when they are at their best. This large project allows students to demonstrate all the learning that has taken place through completion of the other units. This synoptic unit is graded Pass, Merit or Distinction and determines the overall qualification grade.
Five GCSEs at grade A*–C (grade 4 or above) including English Language and preferably maths, or a UAL/BTEC Level 2 Diploma with a Merit profile with Functional Level 2 in Literacy and Numeracy. All applicants will be interviewed and will need to provide a portfolio or strong evidence of prior experience or a vested interest in music production. A satisfactory reference is also required.
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.