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Music Diploma - Level 3 at Vision West Nottinghamshire College

Course description

This course is designed to give a comprehensive grounding in music and music technology for those who want to pursue a career in the performance aspects of the music industry.

At interview, we will discuss with you your entry qualifications, experience and career goals. This, along with your audition, will form the basis of your starting point on the Music Level 3 programme. 

The diploma is a one-year programme. However, following successful completion of the diploma and appropriate achievement of other elements of the study programme, you may then be able to progress to a second year of study on the extended diploma in music.

The diploma enables you to develop practical skills as a musician as well as accessing state-of-the-art music technology equipment to support and enhance your employability skills within the music industry. 

Using a range of rehearsal and performance opportunities, you will develop your practical performance skills and study areas such as composition, theory and harmony, improvisation, music business, performance practice and music technology.

Continuing to the extended diploma, you will be able to continue to develop you skills and understanding of the music industry. You'll work on live briefs and meet professionals from the music industry.

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Entry requirements

For the diploma you will need:

  • Four GCSEs with at least 4 points (grade C) including English and maths OR
  • A relevant Level 2 diploma at merit level, and GCSE English with 4 points (grade C) or an equivalent Level 2 literacy qualification.
  • Music performance or music technology experience and an audition.

For the extended diploma you will need:

  • Five GCSEs with at least 4 points (grade C) including English and maths or an appropriate equivalent OR
  • A relevant Level 2 diploma at merit leve, and GCSE English and maths with 4 points (grade C).
  • Music performance or music technology experience and an audition.

You will need to attend an interview with the tutor before being accepted on to the course. You may also need to supply at least one written reference from a teacher or employer (in some cases two) and/or your current school or college report.

Mature students (those aged 21 or over) who do not have the qualifications required for entry may still be eligible, subject to an interview at which we will discuss all relevant experience, your portfolio of work and career goals.


Assessment takes place through controlled assignments set by tutors and externally verified. 

You will take part in projects, practical workshops and performance.

Future opportunities

The diploma and extended diplomas are nationally recognised qualifications. The extended diploma at Level 3 is equivalent to three A Levels and will support an application to Higher Education as well as developing many of the wider skills required for progression to employment in related areas of work.

Progression opportunities include moving up to a higher level of study HND in Music available at the college.

What can I go on to study?
  • Following successful completion of the diploma study programme you may be able to progress to the extended diploma.
  • Following successful completion of the extended diploma you could progress to university-level qualifications such as a degree or HND in related area, or you could go on to further training or employment.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Vision West Nottinghamshire College directly.

Last updated date: 13 December 2016

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      The campus is also home to our commercial venues, Butterflies Day Nursery, a 150-seat theatre, fine dining restaurant and hair and beauty salon and spa; giving students the opportunity to gain the practical skills needed for employment.

      Vision University Centre, which offers university-level education to the people of Mansfield and Ashfield is also based here.