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Music Level 3 at Sheffield College

Course description

This is a popular music course covering a variety of genres from 1950 to the present day. You have the opportunity to study across a variety of musical disciplines and develop practical skills in performance, composition, sequencing, recording and improvisation.

The course also allows you to develop your theoretical understanding of music providing the opportunity to develop your sight-reading, aural perception skills and ability to communicate ideas effectively to other musicians.
You will have the opportunity to develop instrumental skills through weekly lessons in guitar, keyboard, vocals or drums.
As part of our study programme all students are expected to take part in our Wednesday afternoon enrichment offer. Students are able to choose from approximately 40 options which help build skills and attributes that employers and universities are seeking in their applicants.
Will the course suit me?
An ideal student for this course is one who is keen, motivated, open minded about musical styles and is willing and comfortable about performing both on their own and with others to an audience.
Alternatives to GCSE Music may be considered, including practical grades from Rock School (4 and above) and ABRSM theory grades (3 and above). An audition will be required.
Where can it lead?
You may progress on to a degree course in higher education, a music school or employment in the industry.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above including Music and English Language + audition (Alternatives to GCSE Music may be considered, including practical grades from Rock School (4 and above) and ABRSM theory grades (3 and above).

Please note that an audition will be required as part of the interview process.




There is ongoing assessment through course work and assignments.

Financial information


At The Sheffield College we will always do our best to support you through your studies, to make them as stress free as possible. We have a specialist support team who can give you all the advice you need on all things financial, including what might be available to you, so that you don’t go short and you can concentrate all your efforts into your studies.

Free meals

If you meet the eligibility criteria we’ll be able to support you with free meals. You’ll get an amount of money that you can use within the college shops and diners per day. This will be added to your student ID card which you will just swipe to purchase items.

Travel passes

Students (including Apprentices) of The Sheffield College who live in South Yorkshire are eligible for a 16–18 Student Pass which entitles pass holders to cheaper travel on buses and trams in South Yorkshire. Pass holders are also entitled to half fare on Northern train services in South Yorkshire.

Learner Support Fund

If you are enrolled with us, you may receive support towards the cost of:

  • Travel

  • Books and materials

  • Uniform and equipment

  • Essential course trips

  • NUS extra

  • DBS checks needed for your course (previously known as CRB)
  • UCAS registration fee and travel to interviews when applying for university

Future opportunities

Where will it lead?

The high level of satisfaction of students taking this course is reflected in the number who choose to progress with us to the Higher National Diploma in Music to help further their studies. Alternatively, the course will help build a strong foundation for those wanting to pursue a career in live sound, sequencing or studio engineering.



Further information

There is a £25 studio fee that will enable you access to all of the necessary materials for each year of the course. Course enrichment activities can include trips, visits and sessions by guest speakers to help broaden your studies whilst on the course. You may be entitled to help from the college’s Learner Support Fund with the cost of trips and anything else you need to buy for your course.

Open Days

Why not come and see for yourself. Visit us on one of our open evenings and meet the people who will be teaching you, have a chat about what the course involves and look round our fantastic facilities where you’ll be learning.

Our City, Hillsborough, Peaks and Olive Grove campuses will be open on the following days:

Thursday 25th October 2018 4pm -7pm

Wednesday 21st November 2018 4pm-7pm

Tuesday 29th January 2019 4pm-7pm

Monday 4th March 2019 4pm-7pm


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: 18 September 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: Two years
  • Course code: HFNMS1