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Music Performance:Level 3 Extended Diploma at Suffolk New College

Course description

This study programme gives you the chance to experience different areas of music and develop yourself as a musician. Receive helpful advice and knowledge of the music industry, as artist and industry professionals come in and share their experiences with you. Learn new techniques as you take part in a range of performances and produce your own demo.

All students who have not achieved a grade C or grade 4, or above in GCSE English or maths or both will need to study an English or/and maths qualification alongside their chosen main qualification.  

Course content

This study programme lets you experience all aspects of the music industry. You will have the opportunity to develop your instrumental and performance skills through working as a soloist and in various bands as well as studying musicianship, arranging, session musician skills and contextual listening. There are opportunities for instrumental and vocal lessons from specialists within the music team. The extensive performance opportunities available on the course provide you with an experience of working in the performance industry. Regular visiting artists and industry professionals provide you with an excellent insight into the opportunities available to you in the musical world. You will spend approximately three days a week in College and will be expected to use your non-contact days for individual study and instrumental practice. There are a broad range of assessment styles on the course including observation of rehearsal and performance, presentation, interview, essay, journal and rehearsal diary.

Entry requirements

At least 4 GCSEs at grades C or grade 4 or above, including English Language or level 2 Diploma in Music Performance at merit level and a successful audition.

Financial information

Tuition Costs

No tuition fees are payable for students aged 16 – 18 on 31 August 2017. For all students aged 19+ please visit our website Details regarding fee remission and Advanced Learning Loans can also be found at the above website.  

Additional Costs

There is a £70 Materials payment to be made, to cover specialist workshop materials, music grade examinations and guest speakers. 

Future opportunities

Students who complete this course may progress on to Higher Education.

Further information

How Do I Apply

Come along to one of our open events and apply, or apply online at

Support For You

Student support contact or 01473 382738 or email

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 14 February 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: DMM43F1
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