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Music Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music at Bath College

Course description

This course is for you if you are a competent singer and/or instrumentalist, with an interest in performing, recording and writing popular music. You will have the opportunity to gain the practical skills for a career in the music industry. The course is based around Bath College’s own record company.

Course content

As part of the course, you will have the opportunity to perform regularly at local venues and take part in a number of music events throughout the year including the Bath International Music festival’s opening night celebrations and fringe programme. You will also be expected to take part in TEMPA’s own MTV programme, ‘Amplitude’.

Artists, bands and DJs also have the opportunity to put their tracks forward to perform their work live at industry professional A&R events with industry judges who have included Danny Byrd (Hospital), Appleblim (Skull Disco), Gatekeeper (M25), Andy Pemberton (Q Magazine) and local venue owners and promoters.

The aim of our artist development programme is to help young musicians go on to hopefully get commercial record deals, play professionally, gain employment in the wider music business as a producer or promoter. To achieve this you will be taken through the commercial and business aspects of the music industry where you may choose to set up your own record company, become a promoter and/or work freelance as a musician.

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement for this course is four GCSEs at grade C or above including English language or BTEC/UAL Level 2 Diploma in Music at distinction level (with at least a merit in all core units) or equivalent, plus a successful interview and audition. Candidates will be asked to respond to a set brief and bring this work with them to the interview.

Only applicants who can demonstrate talent and commitment to their subject and who prove they are capable of collaborating and communicating effectively will be offered places. You must be a competent singer and/or instrumentalist, with an interest in performing, recording and writing popular music.


There will be continuous assessment of coursework.

Financial information

A company membership fee of £90 will be required as a contribution towards the cost of production resources. If you are an instrumentalist, you will need to provide your own drum sticks, plectrums, strings, etc. Singers will need to supply their own microphones.

Future opportunities

Progress on to the Level 4 HNC Music Performance and Artist Development course at Bath College or other undergraduate courses in music at a university.
Go on to pursue a career in the music industry as a performer or producer in a range of areas.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 February 2016

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