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Music, Performance and Production (Music Technology) Level 3 Extended Diploma at Warwickshire College Group

Course description

This nationally recognised qualification offers you the opportunity to develop your skills and knowledge of sound/musical production techniques, including live and studio work. The course aims to provide you with a background knowledge, understanding, skills and abilities required for entry into the music industry or higher levels of study.

Course content

The course is split into two years – you MUST complete year one to a minimum PASS grade in order to be able to continue to year two.

Units 1-7 and 9-11 can only achieve a Pass or Fail grade.

Units 8 and Units 12-13 can achieve a grade of Pass, Merit or Distinction


Unit 1: Principles of Music Performance and Production

Unit 2: Critical Listening and Music Composition

Unit 3: Music Industry and Professional Practice

Unit 4 Critical and Contextual Awareness for Music Performance and Production

Unit 5: Music Production in Context

Unit 6: Music Performance in Context

Unit 7: Preparation for Specialist Study in Music Performance and Production

Unit 8: (Graded Unit) Collaborative Music Performance Project


Unit 9 Developing Music Performance and Production Skills

Unit 10 Exploration of Specialist study in Music Performance and Production

Unit 11 Preparing for progression in Music Performance and Production

Unit 12 Project Proposal for Extended Project in Music Performance and Production

Unit 13 Extended Project in Music Performance and Production

Entry requirements

Minimum qualifications: Full level 2 in a similar subject (Media, Performance or Music) at a minimum Merit grade or above

Minimum of four GCSE passes at grade C or above to include English Language and Maths.

Alternatively a BTEC Level 2 qualification in a related subject at Merit or above is acceptable.

Applicants will be invited to attend an interview at which a portfolio of work will be reviewed.

It would be advantageous/desirable for the prospective student to have some prior musical experience, e.g. ability to play an instrument or sing. This is not an absolute requirement as other relevant technical abilities and experience will be taken in to consideration at interview.

Students will be required to take functional skills in English and Maths in their first year of study should they not have GCSE at the required grade. The level of functional skills will be decided at initial assessment. 


All work is continually assessed, with individual units attaining either a Pass or Referral.

You must achieve all units 1-7 to a pass before you are allowed to begin unit 8 in year one

You must achieve all units 9-11 to a pass before you are allowed to begin units 12 and 13 in year two

The final units (Unit 8, 12 and 13) take the form of extended projects and the only graded unit and can attain a Pass, Merit or Distinction dependent on a mixture of performance and portfolio work.

Assignments range from written critiques, essays and portfolios to live performances and exhibitions with group and individual approaches.

At the close of the course, the external examiner will visit the college and view ALL student portfolio work from across the entire course before they agree on the grading. Grades are subject to change at the examiners discretion

There are no exams in the main qualification

(exams may apply in GCSE/Functional Skills Maths/English)

Future opportunities

This qualification enables you the opportunity to prepare yourself for a place in the music industry or for entry to a degree or HND course.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 January 2017
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