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Music Performance and Production Level 3

This 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. 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.

Exam Board: UAL


All students (16-18 year olds and 19+) on level 3 vocational and academic 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.

A level students will study a two year linear A Level programme. At the end of their 1st year, students will sit internally assessed exams.

UK and EU students aged 19 or over on 31st August directly preceding their academic year will normally be required to pay tuition fees for that year of study. Advanced Learner Loans may be available for students studying at Level 3.

Course fees (for learners aged 19+) may be charged as follows:

A Level programme (2 year course)
1 x A Level = £850 per annum
2 x A Levels = £1,700 per annum
3 x A Levels = £2,550 per annum

Plus registration/exam fees = £120 per A Level

Vocational programme (eg BTEC / CACHE / UAL)
90 credit qualification (year 1) = £2,550
Diploma/extended diploma qualification (year 2) = £2,550

Students who are 19+ 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.

  • More course information

    How much does the course cost? All Fees £0

    Are concessions available? No

    Examining Body BTEC

    Is an interview required? Yes

  • 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?

    Any A Level subjects would be suitable.

  • 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?

    5 GCSEs at grade A*-C/9-4 including English 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.

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