Music | Music & Media | UAL Diploma | Level 1

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Course Code: FE0277-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time) Campus: West Durrington Campus Entry requirements: This level is for students who have already achieved at least two GCSEs at grade 2 (F) or above. See the Entry Requirements tab above for other requirements. Qualification: UAL Level 1 Diploma in Music, Performing & Production Arts Awarding Body: UAL

Why this course?

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This highly practical course is an excellent introduction to a career in music. Based within the exciting and vibrant creative industries department, this course will allow you to study a range of music-related skills. You will study aspects of creating music, recording music and video making, creating a simple website to showcase your work. The range of exciting projects will also allow you to develop life and learning skills to prepare you for further education or employment. 

  • Learn in state-of-the-art, dedicated creative arts facilities 
  • Tutors with professional industry experience
  • Access to industry-grade recording studios and equipment
  • Excellent links to the music industry

Start dates

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Entry requirements

Qualifications required

You should ideally have two GCSEs at grade 2 (F) or above (preferably in English and maths).

Additional requirements

You will also be able to demonstrate at interview that you have the right ability for this course.

Entry requirements

About this course

Northbrook College is highly regarded in the music industry as a provider of excellent training.

The music department has a broad range of staff who are all practising artists and producers involved in the region's exciting music scene. Our staff are here help you realise your potential.     

Our experienced teaching staff are passionate about their areas of expertise and are committed to helping you to attain your learning goals and meet your personal aims.    

Without a doubt, one of the reasons we know you will love studying at Northbrook College is the renowned creative facilities and atmosphere at our West Durrington Campus. The campus is a dedicated arts space, with the music courses running alongside theatre arts and art & design courses. You will collaborate with like-minded, passionate students and benefit from the various creative projects that take place, such as theatre shows, music gigs and art exhibitions. The campus is regularly used by professional creatives, which further highlights the quality of our industry-standard facilities.

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Course units

Topics include

  • Making beats and music on a computer
  • Recording music in a studio 
  • Making music videos
  • Sound for TV and film
  • Making websites

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After this course

Further study

On successful completion, you can progress to a Level 2 course in Music Performance & Production.

Future careers

  • Music producer or composer
  • Live sound technician
  • Sound engineer
  • Music teacher
  • Soundtrack producer for media, web or games

Work experience

Work experience or work related experience enables you to develop links with employers, and put all of your skills, knowledge and experience into practice. It provides excellent portfolio content where you can demonstrate how you have taken your learning and applied it in a real setting. This will ensure you have a professional portfolio and provides the extra engagement employers and universities want to see.  

Work experience can take a variety of forms such as work with an external company or work related experience working on live projects e.g. commissioned work from an internal or external client.

Your tutors will help and support you to find work experience however, you may wish to use your own contacts to secure your placement.

We encourage all of our students to take part in volunteering – this is great for your CV and demonstrates your willingness to give back something to your community.

Course fees

This course is free (you do not have to pay fees) if:

  • You are a UK citizen, hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify you for home status.
  • AND you are under 19 on 31 August in the year you are studying. 

Subsidised fees

If the above does not apply to you, you may still be eligible for a subsidised fee. For more information, please speak to our Admissions team: | 01273 667704

Unemployed/Benefit Waiver and Level 2 Entitlement

This course is free if you meet the following criteria:

  • You may not have to pay any fees if you will be aged 19 or over when you begin this course and:
  • You are a UK citizen, hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify you for home status. 


  • You are in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) or Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • OR you are receiving a means tested benefit, earning less than £345 per month (take home) if you are a sole claimant or £552 a month if you have a joint claim with your partner, and are completing the course to improve your employability
  • OR if you are working and earn less than £18,525 per year (gross pay)
  • You will need to provide evidence and sign a declaration when you enrol.


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Course costs

All 16+ (full-time) courses are free to UK citizens, those who hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify them for home status, AND are under 19 years old on the 31 August of the year of entry. If you are 19+ and interested in studying this course, you can find out more about costs and financial support in the link below.

19+ fees

How to apply

We accept applications throughout the year, allowing you to apply up until the course starts.

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