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Music Performance - Extended Diploma Level 3 (Full-time) at Newcastle College

Course description

This course is designed for people wanting to pursue careers in the rapidly evolving music and multimedia production industries.

The course comprises workshops, lessons, master classes, ensemble and solo performance opportunities, lectures and seminars as well as business skills and real world projects.

Everything you do will be industry related, forging links between academic study, the development of technical skills and the business itself.

During your studies academic tutors and professional musicians of international esteem will help develop students’ skills in performance, in a wide range of styles and techniques.

In the second year of the course, you will be introduced to studio recording and will further develop skills using computer software whilst still developing skills in creative composition across the wide spectrum of music media and its various roles in the industry.

The second year curriculum gives you the opportunity to personalise your learning experience in order to enhance the chance of realising your full potential.

Course content

For the first year of the course you will have the  opportunity to gain experience across the full spectrum of music industry related activity.

There is an equal mix of performance and music production units, as well as contextual work.

In the second year you will continue to develop skills learnt in the first year, including continuing to study creative composition but you will develop new skills in recording and further develop the use of up-to-date computer software (Apple Logic Pro).  

All students will be required to plan and realise projects with a specific market in mind, whether it be mainstream popular music genres, media based formats such as composition for moving image or producing recording work to a high professional standard.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSEs at A* to C, including maths and English and preferably a vocationally relevant subject. However, those who do not have a vocationally relevant subject must be able to demonstrate advanced ability at audition.

Those without relevant maths and English qualifications will be required to gain those qualifications whilst on the course.

If English is not your first language, you will also need IELTS 5.0. together with a satisfactory reference.


The majority of your assessment will be based on the evidence that you collect through your practical activity and will include recordings, performance videos and other similar evidence.

However, you will be required to write reports, keep logs and notes of meetings and discussions, make presentations, and provide written and verbal responses to questions. Assessment material and assignment briefs will be available on the course's Blackboard site.

Future opportunities

On successful completion of this course you could progress onto a Higher Education programme including those offered below at Newcastle College including: Foundation Degree in Popular Music, Foundation Degree in  Music Production, Foundation Degree in Sound Engineering, Foundation Degree in Stage Management and Technical Theatre.


The programme is designed to give you the variety and type of skills and knowledge that will help you to succeed, whatever career path you eventually follow.

The career options within the business are not limited to the more obvious choices of performer or producer, but include work in community music project leading, artist/band management, retail and music teaching. Some of these will require further study.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 April 2016
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