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Music Level 3 : RSL Subsidiary Diploma for Music Practitioners at Swale Sixth Form

Course description

Summary of skills students gain by studying this subject

- Cognitive and problem-solving skills: use critical thinking, approach non-routine problems applying expert and creative solutions, use systems and technology.

- Intrapersonal skills: communicating, working collaboratively, negotiating and influencing, self-presentation.

- Interpersonal skills: self-management, adaptability and resilience, self-monitoring and development.


Course content

Potential Topics that will be studied

  • Live Music Performance
  • Professional Practice in the Music Industry
  • Composing Music
  • Technology in Music

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

Minimum 'merit' grade at BTEC Level 2 or a 5 at GCSE, plus grade 5 or higher at GCSE for English and Maths, and 2 further GCSE grade 5 qualifications.

Must have studied music at KS4 (BTEC or GCSE) to be able to do Level 3.

Audition may be required.



One externally assessed unit - the styles of external assessment are:

- Set task, where learners take the assessment during a defined window and demonstrate understanding through completion of a vocation task. 

Internally assessed units - Most units are internally assessed. Examples of what would be internally assessed are:

- Writing up findings of their own research

- Case studies to explore complex or unfamiliar situations

- Carrying our projects, where the learners have the choice over the outcomes

- Demonstrating practical and technical skills using appropriate equipment and techniques. 


Future opportunities

 Progression and career opportunities

Occupational areas this course can lead on to are, for instance:

  • Song writer, recording artist, performer and session musician.
  • Promotion, marketing, management, artist support services.
  • Producer and engineer.
  • Live music production, tour planning, event management, venue organisation.   

Higher Education

  • You can progress to higher education courses such as Popular Music, Music Technology and Music Business degrees.
  • There are over 70 courses in higher education offering degrees in these music career focussed roles, enabling learners to develop further the knowledge and skills obtained from the RSL Rock School Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma for Music Practitioners, preparing them for work in the music industry. 

Further information



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: 08 November 2017
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