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Music Performance and Production Level 3

This course in Music Performance and Production is aimed at students with a passion and talent for music. Richmond upon Thames College is located in Twickenham, London, and is on the doorstep to a whole world of music opportunities. RuTC has produced some famous musicians including Dave (the rapper), who studied A Level Music, and some parents may remember rock band Kula Shaker, who met at RuTC in 1988. Our students go on to accomplish great things, whether in the public eye or behind the scenes in the music industry and our aim is to help you to get to where you want to be.


On the Music Performance and Production Level 3 UAL Diploma course, you will develop a broad range of skills to prepare you for a career in the music industry. Topics covered include performance and rehearsal skills; songwriting and composing; listening skills; computer sequencing; mixing and mastering; sampling; synthesis and sound design for TV, film, and games. You will also engage in music-related research projects. As you develop your skills through the course there is a lot of freedom to explore your chosen specialism.


The course will develop your skills in music across a wide range of disciplines in both performance and production; however, you will be able to specialise in one of these areas later in the course.


Music performance develops your skills as a solo and ensemble performer, including effective practice techniques. Music 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.


All students (16-18 year olds and 19+) on level 3 vocational and technical programmes will study two qualifications over the duration of their two-year course. An example of this is BTEC students will study for a 90 credit qualification in the 1st year. Upon successful completion, they will be able to progress to the 2nd year and study a diploma/extended diploma qualification.


Music Facilities

The Music Department has industry-standard facilities, including Logic, Ableton, Native Instruments and Waves software. We have superbly equipped rehearsal rooms and mixdown/programming suites, as well as a state-of the-art main recording studio. You can take a look at our college facilities, including our music studios, by clicking here. You can also have a look at our 360 Virtual Tour, where you can take yourself on a virtual tour of our brand new music studios. 


For additional information about the UAL Diploma ion Music Performance and Production, click here to download the flyer from UAL.


Watch the Easter Music Concert, March 2022

Watch the latest Music concert performed by students on the course on Facebook Live by clicking here.


Exam Board: UAL



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  • 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 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?

    Minimum requirement - 5 GCSEs at grade A- C/9-4 including English and a subject relevant to your chosen area of study at grade 4 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 USB data stick is a very useful investment to back- up your work.

  • Are you aged over 19?

    Students aged 19 or over on 31st August directly preceding their academic year may be required to pay tuition fees for that year of study. Advanced Learner Loans may be available for students studying at Level 3. If you are aged 19-23 as at 31 August and this is your first full Level 3 you may not have to pay fees.

    Students who are 19-24 years old with Education Health and Care Plans (EHCP) issued by the Local Authority are not required to pay course fees (ie tuition fees are free). Students will be required to provide a final copy of their EHCP provided by the LA as evidence.


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