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Level 3 Diploma for Music Practitioners at East Sussex College Hastings

Course description

Building on your knowledge and experience from previous study you will develop the necessary skills to compose, perform, produce and record music to a professional standard.

Course content

During our two-year advanced music course we will encourage you to work creatively, both on your own and in groups to fulfil project-based assignments. You will learn additional skills to compose music for film and documentaries, explore the world of marketing and promotion in the music industry, and develop personal qualities of a freelance music practitioner, readying you for a career in the industry. Our expert tutors will also give you guidance and support while completing your UCAS application should you want to progress to Higher Education.

During the course you will learn about:

  • Music sequencing and production
  • Live music performance
  • Digital recording and production
  • Composing music
  • Composing for film and documentary
  • Understanding recording techniques
  • Music marketing and promotion
  • Working as a freelance music practitioner
  • Digital synthesis
  • Recorded music performance

Entry requirements

You will need a minimum of: 5 GCSE's A*-C or Equivalent Qualification and a connection to music.


Your assessments will consist of 70% practical projects and 30% coursework assignments. You will also receive regular feedback about your progress and assignments from your tutors. Assignments will be set with strict deadlines.

Financial information

You may need to supply your own kit and equipment and essentail study material, such as headphones and storage devices, costing approximately £50.

Future opportunities

Once you have successfully completed year one, you will be able to progress to year two to complete the Extended diploma. Once you have successfully completed year two you may wish to continue studying music at university or find full-time employment in the industry.

You may wish to start your career in the music industry in roles such as a Sound engineer, a Sound technician, a Music publisher, working in events management or have the talent to get your chance as a performer.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 06 September 2018
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    • Less than a mile away from our Station Plaza campus, Ore Valley takes under a minute by train from Hastings Town Centre and has 7,000 square metres of realistic working environments, workshops and ‘live build’ areas. In the central atrium, students construct, wire, plumb, fit-out and decorate a full-size house. Students here have access to the latest equipment and digital technology, a Learning Resource Centre, a sports pitch, diner and coffee shop.

      Students have 24/7 access to lessons and learning resources from home via WIKI, podcasts and teacher/student blogs. Students can hire laptops from the LRCs and both sites are WIFI activated.