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Music - Level 3 RSL Subsidiary Diploma for Music Practitioners (Performing) at Allerton High School

Course description

RSL Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma for Music Practitioners (Performing) develops students’ performing skills over a two year period. Due to the structure of the course, students must complete the 2 year course to gain a qualification; they will not get any qualification after studying it for one year.  Students will study (among other areas) many different performing styles, how to practice effectively, developing confidence and how to achieve a successful performance. Students also develop their writing skills and their ability to keep an accurate log of their musical activities.

Students must provide their own instruments and any necessary cables.  Students may wish to take the opportunity to attend ABRSM Music Theory classes as an additional qualification.  This will take place as a twilight course.

Course content

Due to the structure of the course, students must complete the 2 year course to gain a qualification; they will not get any qualification after studying it for one year.

Students complete two core units:

Unit 1: Planning for a Career in Music (15 credits)

The purpose of this unit is to familiarise yourself with the processes associated with effective career planning and to provide opportunities to link the course with overarching career aims.

Unit 2: Rehearsal Skills & Live Music Performance (30 credits)

This unit will provide opportunities for you to refine your rehearsal skills in preparation for a performance. You will also develop your performance skills through performance to a live audience.

Plus five other units:

Unit 3: Composing Lyrics (5 credits)

In this unit, you will develop your skills in writing effective lyrics for music composition through opportunities to explore various lyric writing devices.

Unit 4: Listening to Music (10 credits)

The aim of this unit is to develop your skills as a perceptive listener, to analyse and understand emotional responses to music and the factors that control these.

Unit 5: Evolution of the Record Industry (5 credits)

Throughout this unit, you will develop your understanding of the historical changes that have happened to the record industry and apply this understanding to career opportunities.

Unit 6: Session Musician (10 credits)

This unit will develop your ability to operate effectively as an instrumentalist/vocalist in a range of musical styles and contexts, to increase flexibility and promote versatility.

Unit 7: Music Sequencing and Production (15 credits)

In this unit, you will develop your skills in using music sequencing software, utilising the advanced functions of a Sequencing package and putting them into practice.

Students must provide their own instruments and any necessary cables.  Students may wish to take the opportunity to attend ABRSM and/or Pop  Music Theory classes as an additional qualification.  This will take place as a twilight course.

 

Entry requirements

You should have achieved 5 GCSEs at grade 9-4 or equivalent including English and Maths with at least a Merit in BTEC Level 2 Music.  

The Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma for Music Practitioners (Performing) is equivalent to 1.5 A Levels.  Students will be required to audition for the course.  Relevant musical experience will also be taken into consideration.

Assessment

There are no ‘end exams’. Most of your coursework is assessed internally by your teachers and verified by RSL. Students complete a series of assignments for each unit and compile a course portfolio. You must also complete a final Controlled Assignment in the second year which is externally assessed.

 

Future opportunities

If you decide to go to University or College and you have other qualifications, you could take a Degree or BTEC Higher National in subjects such as:-

Music, Performing Arts, Music Technology, Music Education, Media

If you want to get a job straightaway after school you could work in Music Retail, Sound Engineering (Live or Recorded), Music Journalism or as a freelance Musician.

Further information

For further information please contact Mr Cockerill at Allerton High School on 0113 2034770.

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: 07 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Number of planned places: 25

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Mr B Harding
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 0113 2034770

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