Music - Level 3 Extended Diploma

Start Date: 7 September 2020
Duration: 2 Years
Attendance: Full Time
Location: King's Cross Centre
Suitable for: School Leavers, Adults

About The Course

This course is for musicians who want to enter the music industry as performers, producers, singer/songwriters or those who want to get into a business role within the industry. You will study and develop skills in performance, production, composition, musicianship and music business, and will have the opportunity to record in our state-of-the-art recording studios.

We encourage you to learn additional instruments to your first study instrument and perform in college and at venues in Camden and across London. Although the emphasis is on practical and performance work you will need to complete written assignments and develop your skills as an informed and reflective practitioner through evaluative logbooks and rehearsal diaries. You will learn to evaluate and comment critically on both professional work and your own creative practice, gaining insight into the wider performing arts industry through contextual and industry studies.

Many of your teachers are professional musicians, which gives the course a real work focus. During your course you will be engaging in work-based activities aimed at giving you an insight into working in this industry.

What Will I Study?

This course consists of two separate qualifications. In your first year of study, you will work towards the Level 3 90-Credit Diploma. Following successful completion of this qualification, you will be able to progress to the Extended Diploma. Our Extended Diplomas offer equivalent UCAS points to studying 3 A Levels.

Topics covered can include:

  • Principles of music performance
  • Critical listening and music composition
  • Music industry and professional practice
  • Critical and contextual awareness for music performance
  • Music performance in context
  • Preparation for specialist study in music performance
  • Collaborative music performance
  • Developing music performance skills
  • Exploration of specialist study in music performance
  • Preparing for progression in music performance

What Will I Need?

You will need:

  • Four GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English Language and a Music/Performing Arts subject, or an equivalent Level 2 qualification at Merit
  • A reference from your previous school/college

All applicants must have an interview and audition to confirm that the course is suitable for them.

How Will I Be Assessed?

The course is assessed throughout the year and with an end-of-course portfolio.

What Will It Cost?

School Leavers

If you will be aged 16, 17 or 18 on 31 August in the year you begin your course, and have been resident in the UK/EU/EEA for the past 3 years, it will be free. Some courses will have other costs associated, such as for materials and trips. Many of our students are eligible for financial support when studying at college – please click here for more information.

Adults

If you will be aged 19 or older on 31 August in the year you begin your course, and have been resident in the UK/EU/EEA for the past 3 years, you may be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan To cover the cost of your course. Some courses will have other costs associated, such as for materials and trips. Many of our students are eligible for financial support when studying at college – please click here for more information.

What Can I Do After?

This course will help you to move on to higher level courses, such as a Bachelor of Arts, or to pursue employment in the music industry.

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