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Music Performance Diploma (14-19) Level 2 at The Manchester College

Course description

If you can’t but help but sing with a hairbrush or drum on the pots & pans in the kitchen, and you’ve always had a passion for taking to the stage, you might want to take a look at this Level 2 Diploma in Music Performance. Learning from highly experienced tutors – who are still active in the world of music performance themselves – and from professional musicians in our special masterclasses, you’ll develop your performance skills and play (or sing) regularly with bands in and out of college on this extremely practical course.Even the theory based parts of the course will take a hands-on approach, as you learn about music style development, composing music and the theory you’ll need to know to succeed in a number of different careers in the industry!

Entry requirements

The only qualifications you’ll need to join us on this course are at least 4 GCSE’s at grade D or above. One of these should include a grade C in English or Maths.


The vast majority of your assessments on this course will be based around the practical, live performances you take part in with other musicians. You’ll also have the ability to show off your creative skills too, with opportunities to compose your own music.

Financial information

All full-time courses are free to 16-18 year olds who meet funding regulations. For further details please call the Course Enquiry Team on 03333 222 444.

Future opportunities

With a Level 2 Subsidiary Diploma for Music Practitioners (on the Performance Pathway) under your belt, you’ll have a number of options in front of you to develop your skills and knowledge further and set yourself up for a promising career in the industry. You might want to consider a level 3 course in Music Performance with us at The Manchester College, or specialise in jazz music on our BTEC level 3 performance course. Whichever path you choose, there will be number of career opportunities in the music industry open to you, including working as a live performer or event organiser, managing other artits or even engineering recordings in the studio!

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: 10 April 2018
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    • Shena Simon Campus is a vibrant sixth form centre in the heart of Manchester. The campus offers a full range of A levels and is well known for its excellent performing arts and music courses. It has industry standard media facilities and two theatres.

      Performances at the Waterside Theatre and Sackville Theatre are open to the public and are advertised on our events page.

      Facilities at Shena Simon Campus include:

      • rehearsal rooms and recording studios
      • IT suites designed for music and media production
      • DJ skills booths
      • photography studios and darkroom
      • Waterside Theatre and Sackville Theatre
      • theatre set production workshop
      • science labs
      • dance studios
      • library resources centre (LRC)

      Local area

      Shena Simon Campus is a Grade II listed building in a lively and beautiful part of the city centre. Whitworth Gardens, also known as Sackville Park, is a leafy urban oasis next to the campus. Shena Simon is surrounded by university buildings, giving 16-18 year olds a window into student life. The streets around the campus have lots of interesting architecture in the ornate style of the textile industry.

      Manchester’s central bus station and Piccadilly and Oxford Road train stations are a few minutes’ walk from the campus. The National Express coach station is just around the corner.

      Shena Simon has the benefit of all the city centre’s attractions. It is particularly close to Chinatown and the Cornerhouse gallery and arts cinema.