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Music Extended Diploma Level 3 at York College

Course description

Equivalent to three A Levels, the Extended Diploma in Music is a practical route into a career in music. The course provides an introduction to the practical skills and theoretical knowledge required to work in the music industry. Although there is a wide range of music forms explored, there is particular emphasis on popular music. You will also learn live performance and rehearsal techniques, sound recording and sequencing in preparation for performances during the course.

Course content

Over two years you will:

• Develop your own instrumental skill
• Explore performance techniques
• Find out how the music industry works
• Learn to work as an ensemble
• Explore composition and music sequencing techniques
• Learn about the importance of music theory
• Learn how to professionally record and produce your own music
• Develop your skills using industry standard equipment and software
• Learn how to set up and operate live sound equipment
• Understand how popular music has influenced culture
• Learn how to develop a career in the music industry

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grade C or above including English or Maths (grade 4), or a Level 2 Diploma at Merit grade and GCSE English or Maths grade C (grade 4).

You also need to be able to play an instrument or sing to a reasonable standard. You will attend an audition/workshop as well as an interview.


Students are assessed on a regular basis throughout the course, completing assignments which include both practical assignments and written work.

Financial information

There is a £65.00 materials contribution.  Students are also encouraged to take individual instrumental lessons from our visiting peripatetic music teachers. The lessons are charged at £150.00 per term.

Future opportunities

Many of our students go on to study music or related subjects at degree level including Music Performance, Song Writing, Live Sound Engineering, Studio Production, Composition or Music Events Management.  The course is broad enough for students to go onto university to study related subjects such as Media, Theatre studies or Journalism. Others go into the industry as performers, studio engineers, stage managers, backline technicians, composers, promoters or managers. Many career opportunities also now exist within cultural industries,new media and the arts.

Students have gone on to study at a wide range of institutions, such as Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, The Royal Northern College of Music, Leeds College of Music, York St John University, University of Manchester and Brighton Institute of Modern Music.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 October 2016
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