Music and Performing Arts

Extended Diploma in Music Performance and Production, Level 3

Course overview

Experience the thrill of live performance, learn how to run a professional recording studio and develop your music theory, computer sequencing skills and technical craft.

From recording and production to live sound and multimedia to work backstage, music technology covers a range of exciting areas and our extended diploma will introduce you to this dynamic industry. With three recording studios at our Worcester campus, you will have the opportunity to work with the latest studio, live and computer-based technologies, and develop the skills you need to progress to higher education or a job in the industry. You will have the chance to produce your own music, make a music video, produce radio shows and even develop the technical and safety skills required to work backstage.

During the course you will have a variety of relevant work experience opportunities to help further develop your skills and knowledge.

Please note that this course is predominantly aimed at 16 to 19 year olds.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs (grade 4 and above) or (A*-C) including English and maths. You do not need to have any prior music qualifications, however, it is a requirement that you will need to either play a musical instrument or sing as the course contains music performance units on both years. You will be required to pass a musical audition, written test and interview to demonstrate your competency for the course and your knowledge of your own instrument or singing style.

Entry decisions will be discretionary at interview. Students will continually be assessed through probation period to ensure they are on the correct level.

Course Modules

- Studio Recording
- Computer Sequencing
- Concert Production and Staging
- Music Performance and Technology
- Backline Technical Management
- A Year Long Studio Based Recording Project

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed on an ongoing basis through written and practical tests and given either a Pass, Merit or Distinction grade.

What can I do next

Upon successful completion of this course you can continue onto a Foundation Degree or HND in Music Production, or a HND or BA (Hons) course at university.

You will also be open to a range of careers including (but not limited to):
- Sound Engineer
- Producer
- Live Sound and Stage Technician
- Composer for Film and TV
- Music Conductor
- Music Teacher
- Record Labels Agent
- Musical Director
- Music Therapist
- Sound Designer
- Music Radio Producer