Course Title Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma in Music Performance and Production
Level: 3
Code Y476

Overview of the Course

The course is designed to give you an in-depth understanding of the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to explore, enhance and sustain your creative development. Following a diagnostic introduction, which will determine your skill set and experience, you will then begin to take ownership of your development and your understanding of music performance and production. By the end of the course it is expected that you will have undertaken research, investigation, discussion, reflection, experimentation and exposure to a diverse range of creative experiences. You will also demonstrate your individual expression of artistic and technical competence and creativity.

Emphasis is placed on providing you with an experience which draws on the realities for the industry, with you being treated as a young professional and encouraged to take increasing responsibility for your own learning and development. You will study units such as:

  • Principles of Music Performance
    and Music Production
  • Critical Listening Skills for Music
  • Music Industry and Professional Practice
  • Critical and Contextual Awareness for
    Music Performance and Production
  • Music Performance/Production
    in Context
  • Collaborative Music Performance Project
  • Units in Developing/Exploration
  • Preparing Music Performance and

What are the career opportunities?

Future careers may include; Musicians, Performer, Music Teacher, Music Technician, Producer, Promoter, Composer and Arranger.

What are the entry requirements?

Five GCSEs grade 9-4 (A*-C) and have a degree of instrumental/technical ability (roughly Grade 4 standard), plus a successful audition (performers) and a 500 word written assignment

How long is the course and when can I start?

A full-time one year course starting in September for the Diploma and then another year for Extended Diploma.

How is the course structured and how will I be assessed?

The course consists of a range of mandatory and specialist optional units studied during the year. You will be assessed by assignments set over projects and given an indication of what grade you are working towards. The final graded units for the Diploma will be graded Pass, Merit or Distinction. The final graded units for the Extended Diploma will be Pass, High Pass, Merit, High Merit or Distinction. All internal assessment and grading decisions are subjected to external moderation.

What employability skills will I develop on this course?

To be successful in the music industry you will need to get on with people from all walks of life, enjoy being part of a team, as well as working well on your own, whilst meeting deadlines. You will also be good at solving problems, using computer software, understanding instructions, getting things done on time and making decisions and working under pressure. English and communication skills are particularly important, you need to be able to listen carefully to identify the needs of stakeholders, respond effectively to questions in an open and friendly manner and maintain written records of work completed. Carrying out calculations and problem solving is a daily feature of working in the music industry. You will need to be able to accurately calculate the cost of materials, resources and recording requirements and work to critical project timelines. You will also need to apply maths to prepare estimates and final costings for your income and expenditure during your career.

Work experience

At Bury College you will benefit from work experience as an essential element of your study programme. You will be supported to secure a five day work experience placement allowing you to gain hands-on work based industry skills.

Study programme enrichment opportunities

Your Study Programme will support personal development to ensure you make good progress and acquire the skills required for successful progression to employment, an apprenticeship or higher education. You will have the opportunity to take part in fundraising events, and extra curricula activities, course related visits from industry experts and careers events. There will be opportunities to go to gigs and perform in a variety of venues.

Are there any additional costs or requirements?

There may be additional costs for external trips and visits.

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