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Music Practitioners Subsidiary Diploma Level 2 at City College Plymouth

Course description

This study programme is designed for those wishing to undertake an introductory course to develop their music performance skills and knowledge. It provides the foundations of theory and practice within the industry, focusing on the development of the skills you will need to successfully work as a musician. It also helps you to develop the skills and knowledge required to progress to a level 3 music study programme. You will perform numerous gigs in the College, gradually working towards extending to other shows around the region and getting a taste for the world of live music. 

Course content

We aim to provide you with the flexibility and skills needed for success in the music industry. Many of our students go onto continue their music education on level 3 courses such as the Rockschool Extended Diploma and then on to higher education to specialise in popular music, performance and composition.

You will have the opportunity to develop your instrumental or vocal skills in practical sessions led by our industry-experienced pro musicians. Performances are key to this course and you will be given many opportunities to play at a range of local music venues and festivals in front of real audiences.

During the course you will gain knowledge and expertise in subjects such as:

  • performance - session styles, techniques, improvising, ensemble work, event organisation
  • composing, arranging and songwriting
  • listening skills, theory and harmony
  • Pro-Tools for recording, sampling, sequencing and composing
  • music in society and world music.

Your individualised study programme will be made up of the following four areas:

  • the qualification you are studying
  • English and maths
  • work experience
  • other activities to develop your personal skills e.g. preparing you for employment, training or higher/further education.

Entry requirements

Four GCSEs at grades D-F (including English and maths), although relevant experience will also be considered if you do not have these qualifications. You will need to have a willingness to engage and a genuine interest in the course that will enable you to progress into employment or further education. You will also need to complete an audition. 


Assessment includes practical and written work, recordings, notation, sight reading, presentations, research, participation in discussions, tests, interviews and portfolios. Functional skills, or GCSE English/maths will also be assessed if appropriate. 

Future opportunities

On successful completion you may progress to:

  • the level 3 Music Practitioners Rockschool Diploma
  • employment or freelance work in a wide range of areas of the music industry or related vocational area.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 26 February 2016

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