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Music Performance and Production UAL Level 2 Award / Diploma at Doncaster College

Course description

This course will provide an introduction to the knowledge and skills in both music performance scenarios and studio production environments. You will learn the fundamental requirements to be a successful performer and studio engineer, whilst also learning a range of transferable skills to aid employability, as well as provide valuable alternative career paths. 

You will be working with industry-standard equipment and technology and your studies will give you the confidence to successfully plan and prepare a range of performances, as well as many opportunities to organise and work in a recording studio environment.

To ensure that students receive a real-world experience, the use of Apple Mac's and their respective operating systems is a large part of this course, as these are used by many, if not all, professional recording studios.   Assignments are based on the type of work that would be sent through to a record label or Agent.

Although a wide range of musical material will be explored, particular focus will be spent on Rock, Pop, Metal, Electronica, Dance and R&B.

This course is perfectly suited for those who perhaps cannot decide between the Music Practice and Music Technology.


Course content

Core Units:

  • Introduction to Performance
  • Introduction to Production

Specialist Units:

  • Exploring Music Composition
  • Music Performance Skills in Practice
  • Music Production Skills in Practice
  • Music Performance and Production Project

You are required to complete Units 1 & 2 (Introduction to Performance and Introduction to Production) to achieve the UAL level 2 Award in Music Performance and Production before the first half term.

You will then continue with Units 3 through 8, where students will learn and develop their music performance and production skills in a variety of contexts that will lead toward a final major project at the end of the year.

Completing this will see the students achieve a Level 2 Diploma in Music Performance and Production


Entry requirements

  • 4 GCSE grade D and above including English
  • or Introductory Diploma Level 2 in Music or Performing Arts
  • All applicants must complete an initial assessment in Maths and English and attend an interview

You will be expected to attend an audition at which you will be expected to do a performance piece.



Students are assessed by a variety of methods including written
 coursework, portfolios of evidence and practical assignments.

The assessments are to specific criteria and when successful are graded 
Pass, Merit or Distinction.


Future opportunities

On successful completion of the course,  students may progress on to a Level 3 Music Practice or Music Technology course and upon achieving this, have an opportunity to continue their studies at Degree level.

Employment opportunities include:  performer, sound recording engineer, music publisher, music teacher, composer/arranger.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Doncaster College directly.

Last updated date: 07 April 2016
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