Music | UAL Diploma in Performance and Production | Level 2

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Course Code: FE0282-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time) Campus: West Durrington Campus Entry requirements: This level is for students who already achieved at least three GCSEs at grade 3 (D/E) or above. See the Entry Requirements tab above for other requirements. Qualification: UAL Level 2 Diploma in Music Performance & Production Awarding Body: UAL

Why this course?

Two young students using music equipment

With access to our state of the art recording studios and rehearsal rooms, this highly practical course will teach you about the music industry and develop your musical skills. On both pathways, there are industry lessons and you are encouraged to market your work.

On the performance pathway, you will be in a band and/or playing solo: playing cover songs, or being involved in writing original songs. You will be researching techniques around your personal interests and will play at least four gigs in the year, plus will have the opportunity to make demo recordings of the songs you play. On the production pathway, you will become an expert in using Logic Pro x to make music in any style of your choice. You will also learn about microphone techniques to add live recordings to your music.

  • Experienced teachers    
  • Experienced classroom support    
  • State-of-the-art equipment for computer music, recording and rehearsing    
  • Inclusive and relaxed atmosphere    
  • 100% pass rate for those who attend every session.    

Start dates

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Entry requirements

Qualifications required

To start at this level, you need at least three GCSES at grade 3 (D/E) or above, including English and maths.

Additional requirements

Start on the Level 1 Music & Media course if you do not have these grades.

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.

Course units

Topics include

  • Introduction to performance and production
  • Listening skills
  • Contextual research
  • Exploring composition

Students playing bass guitar and electric guitar in music studio

After this course

Further study 

You can progress onto a Level 3 music course.

Future careers

  • Music producer
  • Recording artist
  • Live sound technician or sound engineer
  • Music composer
  • 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 also 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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