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Music Practitioner Diploma Level 3 at Boston College

Course description

If you are passionate about music and enjoy working in a creative, exciting environment, then this is the course for you. The music course is for musicians, performers and songwriters who want to take their music to the next level. 

You will work within our fully equipped, dedicated music campus where you will develop personalised projects relating to performance and production. The course, delivered by our experienced lecturers, covers performing, recording, song writing, music business and theory to give an overview of the music industry and how to succeed as a musician or performer. 

The emphasis of the course is on creating entrepreneurial musicians who have the skills, knowledge and experience to promote themselves and their music. This is achieved through practical application of knowledge in realistic industry environments such as projects, workshops and performances, and by enabling learners to create and promote a portfolio of their own work. You will be required to work on 'real world' projects, giving you the opportunity to perform to the public and submit songs to our record label. 

This course will help learners gain the skills to progress into work or higher education and achieve their future goals.

Course content

You will study a total of 12 different units covering skills relating to performance, production, event management and creative business. 

Practical work, performances and portfolio building make up a large part of the music course to make the learning as relevant to the industry as possible. 

Practical work – The application of your learning in a practical setting is an important part of the course. You will take part in the planning and organisation of events, workshops, presentations and projects. You will also have the opportunity to utilise the Sam Newsom Music Centre’s excellent studio facilities to create professional quality recordings. 

Performances – Working on your performance skills and applying them at performances will make up a large part of the course. You will have the opportunity to play with many other musicians in a variety of venues and contexts and gain first-hand experience of performing. You will also have the opportunity to organise and run your own events. 

Portfolio – Throughout the course you will build a professional portfolio which represents you and your work. This portfolio will be used to assess your work but, more than that, will give you a foundation on which you can promote yourself during and after your course is completed. The portfolio will include promo materials including videos, photos and recordings of your work and will demonstrate your skills and experiences. 

As well as performance and recording techniques you will explore areas of music such as composition, improvisation, listening skills and music business and promotion. 

You'll learn in our dedicated and specialist Sam Newsom Music Centre where Performance facilities include a large auditorium, six rehearsal rooms and three DJ studios. We also have music technology suites and recording studios which are all equipped with the latest VST instruments and samplers 

There will be opportunities to gain work experience through the implementation of 'Live Briefs' which allow you to engage with the local business community and work on 'Real World' projects. You will be required to organise and run your own musical events and submit production material to our record label. 

Your course will also include opportunities to take part in a variety of trips such as ‘bpm’ at the NEC Birmingham, Worldskills National performance competition for musical acts and other relevant events. 

Workshops will be arrange and invite guest speakers including Creative Practitioners who are working in the industry to talk to you and give you advice about your careers.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grade C or above (New GCSE grade - 4 or above) (or equivalent) or Merit or above at Diploma Level 2. An audition to demonstrate musical ability will also be required. 

If you are unsure about meeting the entry requirements an alternative course would be the Music Practitioner Diploma Level 2 course.


There are no examinations on this course, instead you will complete a series of projects which will be assessed and graded and these marks will add together to give you your final grade. 

The vast majority of assessment is practical, written work is usually related to the work you have done and there is an emphasis on self-evaluation. 

Financial information

Approximately £50 per year is required for equipment (approx. £20) and contributions towards enrichment such as trips (approx. £30). 

It is also advisable to hire a locker for your course duration; this requires a £5 charge which is issued back once the key is returned. 

Financial assistance can be gained from the Bursary and Be Brilliant Foundation attached to the Learner Services area.

Future opportunities

Successful completion of the course would allow you to progress to Higher Education to study any aspect of Music or Creative Business. 

Boston College also offer these routes to Higher Education. Some learners also go on to work within the music industry following their course based upon contacts they have made while on the course. 

Should you decide to enter the world of employment the Extended Diploma is equivalent to 3 A-levels grade A*-C.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 10 February 2017

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