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Music at The Marsh Academy

Course description

The new RSL Subsidiary Diploma for Music Practitioners provides you with the
knowledge, understanding and skills required to prepare you for employment
in the music industry, in a wide range of contexts. This is a very practical
course, in which you will be required to take part in practical workshops and
perform to public audiences on a regular basis.

Course content

You will undertake one externally assessed core unit (‘Rehearsal and
Performance’) as part of the Subsidiary Diploma (equivalent to an 1.5 A-Levels),
which will require you to work to given briefs, set with input from industry
practitioners. In addition, you will complete an internally assessed core unit
(‘Planning a Career in Music’) together with a number of optional units that can
develop your skills and understanding of musicianship, repertoire, rehearsal,
promotion, and live/recorded performance.
The structure of this qualification provides students/teaching staff to facilitate
the often wide ranging interests of a class, choosing from a vast list of
potential units, from four pathways: Performing, Composition, Technology and
Business. Unit choices must add up to 90 credits. Units include: ‘Composing
for Film and TV’, ‘Music Arrangement’, ‘Understanding Live Sound Design’,
‘Live Sound Engineering’, ‘Music Marketing’, ‘Music Promotion’, ‘Music Press
and Journalism’, etc.

Entry requirements

Minimum of a grade 4 in GCSE English
Minimum of a grade 4 in Music (Level 2 BTEC)


Mandatory units to be achieved: 2
Optional Units to be achieved: 4 minimum (depending on credit weighting of
individual units chosen)
Total Units to be achieved: 6 minimum

Future opportunities

Sound Recording, Mixing and Mastering, Studio Musicianship, Live
performance, Music Marketing, Music Journalism.

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: 20 September 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September