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Music Level 3 at Kendal College

Course description

This course will give you the knowledge, underpinning skills and experience in order to succeed in the creative and media industries and to progress to higher level study such as the College’s Foundation Degree in Music or to degree level study elsewhere. All applicants will be required to audition for this course by instrumental or vocal performance; you should have an active interest in music performance and composition, and be willing to work creatively as a member of a team. During the course you will study: Music Performance Techniques; Solo and Ensemble Performance Studies; Music Business; Music Sequencing; Live Sound Engineering; Music Composition; Popular Music Historical Studies; Music Theory and Harmony; Recording Studio Practice and Music Technology in Performance. A residential visit is also part of the course. Throughout your course you will also develop skills in enterprise and presentation of your work.

There are progression routes to degree level courses in a wide variety of areas including: HNC/D in Music at Kendal College. BA Hons in: Music Performance, Music Technology, Entertainment Technologies and Media Production. This course has also led our students to a diverse range of other degrees including Media Production, Technical Theatre and Event Management.

All of our learners will be given support with their English and maths skills where relevant to their main programme. Those students who have not yet achieved a ‘C’ grade at GCSE in these subjects will continue to work towards these important qualifications at a level suited to them.

This course will be part of a wider study programme, which may also include english & maths, work placement and additional studies.

Course content

You will study a wide range of units/subject areas appertaining to the music industry. The facilities at the college are industry standard and will allow you to create and learn in a very professional environment.

Entry requirements

Five GCSE at grades A*-C, preferably including English or Maths and Music or similar; or a Level 2 (First) Diploma in Music at Merit or Distinction.  You will also be required to audition for this programme.


Coursework, Portfolio of Evidence, Practical Demonstration/Assignment

Future opportunities

Progression to higher education in a wide variety of programmes can include: BA (Hons) in Music Performance, Music Tech, Media Production, and New Media.

There are many, many transferable skills you will adopt along the way, giving you the opportunity to branch out into many different areas of employment.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 April 2016
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    • The majority of our courses are based at our main site. The College completed a £12.9 million new build project in 2008, which includes reception, conference and seminar suites, hairdressing salons and 250-seat cafe with external balcony. The site also features the stunning Construction and Heritage Centre, which features cutting edge facilities for carpentry and joinery, brickwork, plumbing and electrical installation.

      In October 2010 the College opened the South Lakeland Design Engineering Centre, which has brought engineering back to Kendal College. The Centre, designed in conjunction with local engineering firms including Gilbert Gilkes & Gordon Limited, features state of the art computer numerical control (CNC) machinery, including a 3D printer, which prints out solid models directly from CAD Drawings. The college is currently building a new, purpose-built engineering centre which will open in September 2014 and provide new courses in medical science, engineering and sustainable energy.