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Music Performance Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma at Truro and Penwith College

Course description

This is an excellent course for those who wish to concentrate on practical music making and performance rather than analysis. This course is equivalent to an A level and can be studied alongside an A Level programme.

Course content

Through rehearsals, workshops and lectures you will have the opportunity to plan and perform in concerts with other students, developing a range of musical skills. In addition, you will take responsibility for aspects of promotions and event management, enabling you to gain useful transferable business skills. For example, students last year staged a concert at the Acorn in Penzance and other local venues.

Subjects studied include:

  • Music performance techniques
  • Music project
  • Pop music in practice
  • Music theory and harmony
  • Improvising music
  • Composing
  • Working and developing as a musical ensemble

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs grades A*-C and a successful interview.


Teaching methods include formal lectures, workshops, coursework, individual projects and rehearsals. Students will also be required to undertake a constant individual practice regime in addition to preparation for rehearsals. There will be performance times outside college hours.

There is no formal written exam. All units are assessed and graded throughout the course eg essays, logs, recordings, videos of discussions or performances and an overall grade for the qualification is awarded. In addition, students have the opportunity to gain Rock School or ABRSM qualifications through free one to one instrumental lessons.

Future opportunities

  • Higher Education or university
  • Jobs within the music industry

Higher Education courses available at Truro and Penwith College include; BA (Hons) Contemporary World Jazz and FdA Popular Music.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Truro and Penwith College directly.

Last updated date: 15 June 2016

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