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Contemporary Music (Performance and Technology) - UAL Level 3 Diploma at West Thames College

Course description

This two-year practical course is equivalent to 3 A Levels and has been developed to provide you with all the essential skills that a music performer or music producer needs.

Course content

This highly practical course aims to develop your music performance and production skills, enabling you to develop a successful career in music. You will be based in our brand new Music and Media Centre using the latest digital equipment.

As a performerYou will use the latest digital equipment to practice and perform many styles of contemporary music. You will learn about performance techniques and stage craft, performing in ensembles and as a soloist, and song writing. You will perform at events in and out of the college including our Creative Arts festival and Oxjam.

As a Music producer/sound engineer: You will use the latest music software packages such as Logic X Pro, Protools and Reason. You will learn sequencing, mixing, mastering, sound recording, music composition and how to set up and sound engineer a live music event. You will produce a portfolio including an album, film scores, sound design for film and take part in live performance with a technical or performance role.

Entry requirements

At least 4 GCSEs at grades A*-C / grades 9-4, or a Merit or Distinction in a relevant subject at Level 2 with functional skills in English and maths. You must have proven performance/instrument skills. If you don't have grade 3 or higher, we can assess your abilities through an audition at your interview.

If you need advice before you apply, please call 020 8326 2020 or email .


The course is assessed through assignment based projects.

Financial information

This course is free for students aged 16-18.

Future opportunities

A HND or a university degree in music performance, music production, sound engineering, music management or live events management. You can also seek employment in the music industry as a session musician or music producer and assistant engineer or work at a record label.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

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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: 02 August 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years full-time
  • Course code: 0264
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