Music | Performance | UAL Diploma/Extended Diploma | Level 3

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Course Code: FE0334-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time) Campus: West Durrington Campus Entry requirements: This level is for students who have already achieved at least four GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above. See the entry requirements tab above for other requirements. Qualification: UAL Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma in Music Performance and Production Awarding Body: UAL

Why this course?

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Based within the exciting and vibrant creative industries department, this highly practical course will provide you with the skills to transform your passion into a career. You can choose to focus on performance, songwriting and production and explore ways of releasing your music as a recording artist. Your journey to a creative career in the music industry starts here.

  • Learn in state-of-the-art, dedicated music studios, rehearsal rooms and professional theatre
  • Industry-grade recording studios and equipment
  • Tutors with professional industry experience
  • Excellent links to the music industry
  • Opportunities to collaborate with other creative pathways in industry-based projects


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Start dates

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Entry requirements

Qualifications required

To start at this level, you need at least four GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, preferably including English and maths, and evidence of musical ability.

Additional requirements 

If you do not have the above grades, you can start on the Level 2 course.

Entry requirements

About this course

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

The MET's 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 MET 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.

Topics include:

  • Arrangement analysis and listening skills
  • Music theory: function and conventions
  • Studio skills: production and recording
  • Showcase and event performances
  • Artistic development: instrument and voice work
  • Music in context

Course units

Year 1 (Diploma)

  • Session skills
  • Music theory
  • Production and recording with Logic
  • Instrument tuition
  • Showcase performances
  • Personal artistic development

Year 2 (Extended Diploma)

  • Personal artistic development
  • Specialist assignments and projects
  • Music business and promotion
  • High profile gig/festival performances

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After this course

Further study

After one year at Level 3, most students move on to the second year to gain the Extended Diploma.

This prepares you to go on to university degree courses in music performance.

Future careers

  • Live performer/recording artist/session musician 
  • Music composer and/or producer (for a range of media, soundtracks, film and games)/songwriter
  • Music producer/event promoter
  • Teacher/lecturer

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 costs

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. 

More information about fees for college courses and financial support for 16-19 year olds can be found here.

Advanced Learner Loan for learners aged 19+:

You may be eligible to apply for a loan to meet the course costs of your qualification fees. This is paid directly to the College on your behalf. For more information about Advanced Learner Loans, please click here.

Course costs

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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.

You can also apply for as many colleges and courses as you wish - so keep your options open!

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