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Music Performance and Production UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma at City College Brighton and Hove

Course description

These exciting new qualifications are validated by the University of the Arts,London, and tailor-made to meet the demands of the theatre and performance industries. The qualification provides students with a chance to explore their talent and test their creativity and ambition in a broad range of performing and production arts skills.

This creative course will provide you with the skills to gain employment in the Music, Media and the Entertainment industry reflecting the needs for skilled practitioners in areas such as: music production, sound engineering, multimedia, sound for film and video, radio, voice and theatre production.

Course content

All students will learn to compose and arrange music involving a variety of instruments. A wide range of themes include modern music practice, musical theatre, improvisation and singing. Working and developing as a musical ensemble is a key part of the course and skills are developed in performance techniques. The course introduces a practical approach to operating audio recording equipment and software. Students are introduced to sound recording techniques and an understanding of acoustics. Music theory includes a study of harmony and rhythm. Students will also learn about musical styles and periods that influence modern musical practices. Performances will take place throughout the course at a range of Brighton venues.

The qualification is equal to 3 'A' levels. Students can achieve up to 420 UCAS points which means they can choose whether to go straight into employment or go into higher education first.

Entry requirements

To provide evidence of a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C, to include English or Maths or an equivalent level 2 qualification.

Interview for entry: Interview required

Interview preparation:
CD/DVD of music or audition at interview


You are continually assessed through written and practical assignments. There is no final examination. You are required to pass all units to complete the course.

Financial information

All full time courses are free to EU residents who are under 19 years old on the 31st August 2016. The only fees you have to pay are for specialist resources and equipment and the cost of these varies from £25 to £300 depending upon the subject you are studying.

Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for financial help from the college's learner support funds. You should apply for financial support as soon as you receive your offer letter.

Future opportunities

After successfully completing this course you may wish to progress onto a Music Production Degree.

Alternatively, you could seek employment within the music industry including:

  • Live sound engineering
  • Studio engineer
  • Music Production
  • Music Publishing
  • Music Promotion
  • Record Companies
  • Music composer/performer

Further information

This course includes opportunities for you to develop your English, Maths and/or ICT skills, as appropriate.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact City College Brighton and Hove directly.

Last updated date: 22 March 2016
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    • Our East Campus is surrounded by beautiful Brighton countryside and just minutes from the bustling and cosmopolitan Brighton Marina, with its shops, restaurants, galleries, cinema, bowling alley and much more.

      Study Programme qualifications

      The East Campus has benefitted from much investment and houses the following courses in top-of the range facilities: Acting & Dance, Childcare, Multi-Trades, Health & Social Care, Motor Vehicle, Music, Public Services and Sport.

      City College’s new Technology Centre

      City College East Campus will be the location of a new £9 million Technology Centre. Expected to be completed in the 2016/17 academic year, this exciting new facility will be a leading educational and training hub for the next generation of construction workers. The centre has been specially designed so that students learning the different trades will be able to work together and follow each other through the construction process, mirroring true construction site conditions.

      Making music

      • State-of-the-art equipment, performing spaces and sound-proof rooms
      • 48 channel Audient mixing desk previously used by U2 and Brian Eno
      • 2 x 36 channel Audient desks, Dbx Compressors, Marshal, Fender and Trace Elliot guitar and bass amps - a musician’s dream

      Performance space

      • Drama and dance studios
      • Spacious rehearsal rooms
      • Theatre area

      Keeping fit

      • Full-size all-weather and grass pitches
      • Indoor sports hall
      • Sports teams include football, netball, basketball, rugby, boxing and many more
      • Fully-equipped gym, which is free for students
      • Full-size boxing ring

      Motor vehicle workshop

      • State-of-the-art workshop facility
      • MOT-standard equipment
      • Brake roller tester, rolling road dynamometer, tyre and engine bays, five ramps, modern IT facilities and an external valeting area

      Getting here

      City College East Campus on Wilson Avenue is located next to Stanley Deason Leisure Centre and is a short distance from Brighton Marina Village.

      Bus routes to Wilson Avenue include: 1, 7, 21 and 21A.