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Music Performance and Production Level 3 Diploma

This course will develop your skills in music, specialising in either performance or production. Performance covers developing your skills as a solo and ensemble performer, including effective practice techniques. Production focuses on composing and producing music using software as well as studio recording, sound creation and live sound. All students will underpin their learning with a solid foundation of contextual research, ear training and general musical understanding.


Please note that this course must be part of an A Level study programme (i.e. it cannot be taken on its own as a vocational subject).


Exam Board: UAL


Start date: SEPTEMBER

  • Course details, fees and dates

    Start Date Monday 10 Sep 2018

    How long is the course? 2 Years

    How much does the course cost? All Fees £0

    Are concessions available? No

  • How is the course assessed?

    Each unit has formal assessments, usually at the end of each half term. You have to pass each unit to achieve the overall qualification. Each assessment is graded against clear criteria, which you will become familiar with in advance. You will be introduced to what you are expected to learn and offered guidance and opportunities for practice and development throughout each project. Assessments include written research/blogs, composing and production folios and performances. Your final unit will be a large-scale project that combines the skills you have learned.

  • What courses would combine well with this course?

    Please note that this course must be part of an A Level study programme (i.e. it cannot be taken on its own as a vocational subject).

  • What skills will I need for the course?

    You should have experience in music performance and/or composition, production or recording and the willingness to learn new skills to help you succeed in a large but very competitive field. A basic knowledge of the music keyboard is desirable.

  • What formal entry requirements will I need?

    Specific Requirements - GCSE English at grade 5 and experience of performing on a musical instrument or voice is preferred but not essential. You will be invited to attend an audition.

  • What could the course lead to in higher education or careers?

    There are many higher education courses in music in which you can focus on performing, composing, production, sound design, sound for videos/TV/games or other fields. Staff will help you choose and apply for the right course.

    Apprenticeships are now starting in musical fields and our Careers department will be happy to discuss this with you.

  • Are there any costs involved?

    You will need to buy high- quality closed- back headphones as detailed listening is an essential skill for all aspects of your course. A data stick is a very useful investment to back- up your work.

To Apply or Enquire

If you are interested in applying please fill out an application form. If you require more information please do not hesitate in sending us your queries via our enquiry form. We will endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible.

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