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Music Level 3 Diploma at Sherburn High School

Course description

Music may well be your first choice subject. You may be aiming for further study at College or University, or for a career in the music industry.

On the other hand, you may simply enjoy music and consider it as a fourth subject. It is nowadays seen as an intelligent and complementary addition to mainstream Science, Humanities, Languages or Arts courses. It certainly indicates that you are a person with wide interests.

Course content

First Year Units – Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma

Unit 387 Rehearsal skills and Live Music Performance (CORE): Plan, rehearse and perform a short set of music appropriate to a given event.

Unit 349 Planning for a Career in Music (CORE): Plan effectively to develop a range of knowledge and skills to support future engagement with the music profession.

Unit 361 Music Performance to Camera: Demonstrate skills to perform in a music video and identify strengths and areas requiring further development.

Unit 363 Session Musician: Demonstrate skills required to operate as a session musician and evaluate suitability for the role.

Second Year Units – Level 3 Extended Diploma

Unit 391 Composing Collaboration and Recorded Performance (CORE): Music in context includes deeper study of Western Classical music and one other area.

Unit 353 Music Event Management: Contribute to the running of a musical event by working in a team in a managerial capacity.

Unit 355 Leading Music Making Activity: Lead music making activity appropriate to the needs and interests of participants.

Unit 362 Lead Performer: Demonstrate stagecraft skills in the role of a lead performer in a specific musical performance and evaluate their own suitability to the role.

Entry requirements

A minimum of grade C in GCSE Music and a grade C in GCSE English Language. You may, however, be considered for the course if you have not studied Music at GCSE as long as you can demonstrate that you have previous performance experience, and a genuine enthusiasm for music.


Units 387 and 391 are externally assessed units, whereas all other units will be internally assessed. Though there is no written exam, external assessment will take place in the form of live music performances and recorded performances.

Future opportunities

RSL Level 3 Music Practitioners Extended Diploma can lead to:
- Single-study and joint arts courses at university
- Colleges of music
- Music technology courses
- Musical instrument making courses
- Music therapy courses Careers in the media, teaching, theatre, film and television, music administration

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sherburn High School directly.

Last updated date: 10 March 2017
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