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Music, Performance and Production Award/Diploma Level 2 (MUS1) at Barnsley College

Course description

The Level 2 Award and Diploma in Music, Performance and Production is suitable for you if you have a particular interest orvare considering a career in the music industry.


Course content

This is a very practical course that provides many opportunities for instrumental development, playing in bands, rehearsing and gigging. It will also help you to understand music and music theory and teach you skills in:

  • Rehearsal techniques for musicians
  • Planning and creating a music product
  • Singing
  • Working as a musical ensemble
  • Solo musical performance
  • Exploring the music profession

Entry requirements

  • Four GCSEs at grade 3/D or above including GCSE English and maths
  • You will need to have a basic standard of musicianship
  • You will also need to demonstrate your musical skills at interview


Courses may be assessed through a variety of methods including coursework, practical or examination. For up to date information please visit


Financial information

Financial support

If your total annual household income is less than £35,000 you could be eligible for financial support through our Learner Support Fund to help with travel. You don’t have to pay this money back. Apply to the Learner Support Fund.

You can pick up a Learner Support Fund application form from Student Services on the ground floor at the Old Mill Lane campus.

Food and Essential Equipment

You can get FREE meals and support towards the cost of essential equipment at college, if your household income is less than £20,000. Speak to Student Services to find out more on +44 (0)1226 216 267

Guaranteed bursaries

If you are aged between 16 and 18 and currently living on your own and in receipt of income support, in care or leaving care, you could be eligible for a non-repayable bursary of up to £1,200 per year.*

FREE bus services!

We realise that getting to and from college might not be very easy for everyone so we have funded four free return bus services for our students. They go to and from the Old Mill Lane campus which is just a few minutes’ walk from our Sixth Form college campus.

Shelley > Old Mill Lane campus

Stocksbridge via Penistone > Old Mill Lane campus

South Elmsall via South Kirkby, Hemsworth, Kinsley, Fitzwilliam and Ryhill > Old Mill Lane campus

Rotherham via Kimberworth, Ecclesfield and Chapeltown > Old Mill Lane campus

These bus routes are completely free for our students and operate on a first come, first served basis. Each route operates to ensure students get to college before lessons start and a return service is provided after lessons finish. Please contact Student Services for details of pick-up points and times or go to:

*Terms and conditions apply +44 (0)1226 216 123

Future opportunities

Employment: this course can form the foundations for future study and work in this industry

  • Education: You could progress onto an Extended Diploma course at Barnsley College in an area of Music such as Music or Music Technology. To do so you need to achieve a Merit grade for your Diploma. To progress onto the Extended Diploma in Music Technology you need to gain GCSE Maths at grade C or above and we can offer this alongside the Diploma course. Many students then continue to university

Further information

Additional Learning Support

Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact the Additional Learning Support team on +44 (0)1226 216 769.

Information Unit

We have a dedicated team available to provide information on all of our courses and to help you to make the right choices about your future. The team are based at the Old Mill Lane site.

Drop in:

Monday – Thursday 9.00am – 5.00pm

Friday 9.00am – 4.30pm

Tel: +44 (0)1226 216 123


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: 14 November 2018
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