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Music Practitioner Subsidiary Diploma at Trinity School

Course description

The course focuses upon the recognition of achievement through practical musical skills, business skills and music technology skills, as well as offering flexibility of unit combination. The broad objectives are:

To focus delivery and assessment on practical music production and development of music business skills through learner centred activity. To embed transferable skills and  functional skills into the qualification.

Students work both independently and as part of a team on a variety of school productions and projects, following their chosen pathway and developing their ability to use relevant technology and business skills to create professional products.

The UCAS points for the Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma are:

Distinction* 210

Distinction 180

Merit 120

Pass 60

Course content

Year 1 (Year 12) - Students need to accumulate 90 credits over the course of two years. They undertake a range of units, including one core unit for their chosen pathway (Business or Technology).

Year 2 (Year 13)  - Students continue to devise and support a range of music productions and projects to satisfy the criteria for their chosen units. Students will need to undertake 7 units over the two years in order to achieve the necessary credits.

Entry requirements

Desirable - C grade or above in either Music or Drama GCSE.

Essential – technical ability, motivation and the ability to work independently and as part of a team.


Pathway Technology: Learners will demonstrate:

sound recording skills;

mixing and mastering skills;

sequencing and production skills;

live sound skills;

radio programming skills;

video production skills;

understanding of contextual issues relating tomusic technology.


Business: Learners will demonstrate:

sound business and financial skills;

marketing skills;

understanding of music contracts;

media communication skills;

freelance practice;

artist management and artist representation skills;

There will be no external exams in this subject in Year 12. The underlying philosophy for assessment is that learners should receive credit for achievement, and that all should be encouraged to reach their full potential in all aspects of the course. To this end, a wide variety of assessment methodologies are used in the delivery of these programmes. Learners will be encouraged to take increasing responsibility for their own learning process and tasks will become increasingly learner led, with an expectation of a higher level of initiative and self-motivation from the learner. All assessment for this qualification is internal. Staff are responsible for providing assessment opportunities for learners and for assessing the work which learners produce to ensure they have met the standards required by the qualification, which is described in each unit.

The types of evidence required of learners may include:

Participation in public performance events (organiser and/or performer)

Written and recorded (performed) musical compositions

Assignments and/or musical project work

Reports identifying specific skill development

Business plans

Rehearsal and/or recording logs



Recorded Discussions


Tutor observation

Video evidence of discussion/performance/composition

Witness statement


event management skills

Future opportunities

This qualification has been designed to provide vocationally relevant courses in the music business aimed at beginners through to semi-professionals, which allow for both direct progression into the industry and/or progression to a higher level of study.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Trinity School directly.

Last updated date: 03 November 2016
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