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Music Practitioner (RSL) Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma at The Misbourne School

Course description

The course provides a music industry qualification that will equip learners with the skills, knowledge and understanding for entry to employment in the music industry or progression to further study at a higher level.

The qualification aims to offer practical structured learning with the flexibility to specialise in different disciplines directly relevant to employment within the music industry, including composition, performance, business and technology.

The qualification focuses upon the recognition of achievement through practical musical skills, production skills, and business skills as well as offering flexibility of unit combination. The learner can follow one of four pathways

  • Performing
  • Composing
  • Technology
  • Business.

Course content

Performance Learners:

  • perform effectively on their instrument/voice
  • Rehearse and display musicianship skills
  • Initiate and develop repertoire
  • Rehearse effectively and perform music live
  • Understand contextual issues relating to music style, audience and the music industry
  • Understand relevant aspects of music technology

Technology Learners:

  • Sound recording skills
  • Mixing and mastering skills
  • Sequencing and production skills
  • Live sound skills
  • Radio programming skills
  • Video production skills
  • Understanding of contextual issues relating to music technology

Business Learners:

  • Sound business and financial skills
  • Marketing skills
  • Understanding of music contracts
  • Media communication skills
  • Freelance practice
  • Artist management and artist representation skills
  • Event management skills


  • Compose and arrange music
  • Initiate and develop repertoire
  • Develop musicianship skills through using a harmony instrument
  • Use computers and sequencing and recording software/hardware
  • Understand contextual issues relating to music style, audience and the music industry

2 Core Units in total: Performance

  1. Rehearsal & Performance (30 credits)
  2. Planning a Career in the Music Industry (15 credits)

Wide range of options units with a variety of 5, 10, 15 credits depending on the unit. Units are grouped in families which include:

  1. Composing
  2. Contextual Studies
  3. Dance in Popular Music
  4. Live Music Production
  5. Music Business
  6. Music Facilitation
  7. Music Performance
  8. Music Technology
  9. Practical Musicianship

The number of units chosen from any family of units is not restricted.

Entry requirements

GCSE Music (C) or BTEC Music (Merit).  Students may also be considered with BTEC Music (Pass).

Five A* - C GCSE grades or equivalent, including GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics at grade 4 as long as the subject entry requirements above do not state the need for a higher grade..

In exceptional circumstances, students with GCSE English Language or GCSE Mathematics grade 3 may be considered.

Students below grade 4 in GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics will undertake the statutory retake programme, attending lessons throughout Sixth Form until they achieve at least a grade 4


1 Externally Assessed Core Unit

1 Internally Assessed Core Unit

Percentage External Assessment 33%

Percentage Mandatory Assessment 50%

Bands of Assessment: pass, merit, distinction and distinction*

Financial information

Students in The Misbourne Sixth Form who experience financial constraints or barriers can apply to access additional funding to support their academic journey through their Key Stage 5 studies.

Students who meet the eligibility criteria can access this additional funding to assist with the cost of transport, essential course equipment, meals in school, educational visits, uniform or other school resources, the cost of attending university or career interviews, financial support towards childcare costs or exam re-sit fees.

A Bursary Fund Committee meets three times a year to consider applications and award bursaries.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Misbourne School directly.

Last updated date: 09 February 2017
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