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Music Level 3 Applied Diploma - Extended Certificate at Long Road Sixth Form College

Course description

The Music Level 3 Diploma is for students who are passionate about the subject and maybe want to progress to higher education and/or employment in the music sector. You will develop your performance and composition skills, your personal instrumental or vocal technique, your communication skills and your teamwork, as well as many other skills. You will learn through a combination of lessons, workshops and rehearsals and will have the opportunity to work with professionals both inside and outside the college. Your learning will be supported by trips to gigs and concerts, as well as a variety of music industry settings such as recording studios and event management companies. 

You may choose to specialise in either composition or performance.

There are frequent opportunities to perform both in public and within the College.  The Christmas concert at Michaelhouse in Cambridge is now well-established, as are the Spring Recital and Summer Showcase.

There are several ensembles running as part of the college’s Enrichment Programme, including Choir and Pit Band, and whatever students’ musical interests may be, whether in classical, pop or rock music, staff are keen to help arrange appropriate concerts, gigs and workshops.

This course is equivalent to one A level.

Course content

Ensembe Performance

You will plan, prepare and deliver a musical performance from start to finish. You will take on the roles of performer, organiser, technician and manager, developing the skills required for each of these roles and reflecting on the process. You will participate in several small-scale performances in preparation for your final assessment.

Practical Music Theory and Harmony

You will explore music theory within the context of working in the music industry. You will develop your ability to play or sing from a range of notation, and will also further your understanding of how music works. You will then use these skills working as a session musician with your peers. 

Professional Practice

You will explore what “professional practice” means in the rapidly changing music industry. You will learn about the qualities expected of industry professionals such as financial management, interpersonal skills and working with others, as well as developing an understanding of elements such as marketing, health and safety and copyright. You will be complete an assignment set and assessed by the exam board, in which you will be presented with an industry-specific scenario and asked to respond through several tasks.

Optional units

In addition to the mandatory units above, you will be able to opt for a unit that builds on your own personal skills. These units are likely to be Composing Music, Music Performance Session Styles and Music Software Skills.

Entry requirements

At least 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 in a range of subjects including Maths or English. A Grade 4 or equivalent is required in Music if taken at GCSE level.

You need a good standard of musical ability.  You need to be of Grade 4 or 5 standard (instrument or voice) and have some knowledge of music theory. Keyboard skills are also very useful. In order to be offered a place you need to successfully to complete an audition and theory test set by the Music department.

Exam board: Edexcel


You will be assessed by a combination of internally-assessed assignments and externally-set and marked assessments.

Future opportunities

Students who complete this course can progress to higher education including Music or Music Management degrees or employment in the music industry.

Further information

Come to Open Evening on 17th or 18th October 5-9pm.

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: 27 September 2018
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