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Music Practitioner Level 3 at Lancaster and Morecambe College

Course description

This course is for students who have a desire to work in the music industry, some experience producing music, playing a musical instrument or singing and want to develop their skills and techniques as a musician, composer and/or music producer. The course combines performance and production skills with creativity, using advances in computer music and digital recording technology to produce compositions for commercial release. In addition students will have a broad insight into to the music business with input from lecturers who are experienced musicians and visiting industry practitioners

Course content


Learners will: • perform effectively on their instrument/voice • rehearse and display musicianship skills • initiate and develop repertoire • rehearse effectively and perform music live • understand contextual issues relating to music style, audience and the music industry • understand relevant aspects of music technology


Learners will demonstrate: • sound recording skills • mixing and mastering skills • sequencing and production skills • live sound skills • radio programming skills • video production skills • understanding of contextual issues relating to music technology


Learners will demonstrate: • sound business and financial skills • marketing skills • understanding of music contracts • media communication skills • freelance practice • artist management and artist representation skills • event management skills

All LMC students will receive tutorial support. All students aged 16 -19 are required to study Functional English and maths qualifications or GCSE Maths, English if not already awarded an A*-C in these subjects.

Students aged 19+ are strongly encouraged to take relevant maths and English qualifications to support progression into Further or Higher education, training or employment. 

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English and maths OR a Level 2 related qualification. Entry criteria will be applied at the discretion of the course manager. 


This course is continuously assessed using a range of methods including projects, assignments, coursework and practical performance.

Financial information

Students may be required to pay towards trips and special events. Students will need to provide and maintain their own musical instruments. For vocalists, this means providing your own microphone. Students will need to provide their own headphones for personal use, preferably full size closed-back as they are better for your hearing.

Future opportunities

Students completing the course can gain university entry to study at degree level in music-related areas. Alternatively, successful students can also progress directly into a career in the music industry into areas such as: • Professional Musician • Session Musician • Function Band • Recording Engineer • Music Management • Teaching Music • Writing Music and Composition/Arrangement

Further information

On completion of this course you will receive a Rockschool Music Practitioner Level 3 Extended Diploma.

You will be expected to undertake regular home study on this course, particularly instrumental study.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lancaster and Morecambe College directly.

Last updated date: 04 May 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 Year
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