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Music - Study Programme - Music (Performance and Technology) Level 1, 2 & 3 at Wakefield College

Course description

If you’ve got a passion for music and want to broaden your skills and career opportunities through practical learning, then the Rockschool music study programme is right for you.

You will develop your music performance and/or Production skills, gain knowledge of how the current music industry works and learn how to write and sequence your own music using Cubase in several different styles. Also, you will learn how to record bands using ProTools and Logic software, create a range of interesting Podcasts about topics you enjoy and work as an active member of a band working towards a range of performances in internal and external music venues.

Rockschool is the leading accredited provider of rock exams worldwide. Their Vocational Qualifications are taught the world over and are renowned for their practicality, flexibility and creativity. Inspired by the legends of rock, their qualifications are created with you, the musician in mind.

For level 3 Music technology you don’t need to play a musical instrument to secure a place, all you need is an active interest in the subject.

Course content

What you will study 

Examples of some of the units you may study are:

Level 1 (Music, Performance & Production Arts)

  • Acting Skills Dance Skills
  • Music Performance Skills
  • Preparing Performing Arts Work
  • Presenting Performing arts Work

Level 2 (Music)

  • How to develop your musicianship skills and take part in several internal and external gigs
  • How to communicate as a member of a band and how to develop music material
  • How to make money from making music
  • The historical aspects and musical characteristics of a variety of key musical genres
  • How to compose your own music
  • How to create a podcast using music technology
  • How to operate studio equipment, record and mix a recording
  • How to record live music and perform to a live recording

Level 3 (Performance)

  • History of popular music and genres
  • How to operate studio equipment, record and mix a recording
  • How the business is structured and planning for a Career in the industry
  • How to use music technology to compose for film and tv
  • Performance skills based on solo and band studies
  • Practical Theory skills to develop songwriting and lyric creation.

Level 3 (Technology)

  • How to operate studio equipment, record and mix a recording
  • How to sequence and produce your own music and remix existing compositions
  • How to compose in different musical styles
  • How to create your own podcast
  • Plan for a Career in the Music Industry
  • The fundamentals of engineering for live events using digital desks and current industry standard equipment

Entry requirements

Level 1
3 GCSEs at grade 9-1 

Level 2
3 GCSEs at 9-3 including English or maths
Level 1 Music, Performance & Production Arts

Level 3
4 GCSEs 9-4, including English or Maths
4 GCSEs at 9-4 and Level 2 Functional Skills in either English or Maths
Successful completion of Level 2 or equivalent at Merit grade, plus GCSE English or Maths at grade 4 or Level 2 English or Maths

Satisfactory interview/audition


You’ll be assessed through performances, practical and theoretical based project work in the music industry /performing arts depending on the course level.

Financial information

Tuition and certification are free if you are aged 16-18. Related additional costs may include materials, equipment, visits, and residentials, which are payable by all students.

Any student registered with an Awarding Body who has been given free entry and subsequently withdraws or is withdrawn by a tutor will incur the certification fee associated with the course. Any re-sit examination will incur a cost.

Different fees apply to international/overseas students and those studying this qualification as a standalone course

For more detailed information on financial support please contact the Financial Support Team on 01924 789304

Future opportunities

Further study 

On completion with the appropriate pass and English and maths grades you can progress through the levels.

After level 3 you could progress to one of the Higher education courses offered at Wakefield College, such as:

  • HND Diploma in Music (Popular Music)
  • HND Diploma in Music (Technology/Production)
  • BA (Hons) Creative Industries (Top up)
  • HND Diploma in Performing Arts (Performance) Dance
  • HND Diploma in Performing Arts (Performance) Theatre
  • HND Diploma in Performing Arts (Performance) Musical Theatre
  • BA (Hons) Performance Industries (Top up)
  • BA (Hons) Actor Musician

Career Opportunities 

The study programme is designed to give you a solid foundation of music performance/technology skills that prepare you for the industry.

Potential career paths after you complete the programme include:

Performer, Session Musician, Producer, Studio Technician, Composer, Promoter, Music Teacher, Music Producer, Backline Technician or Community Arts Worker.

Recording Engineer, Record Producer, Live Sound Engineer, Stage Manager, Music Promotor, Music Producer , Film/TV Composer , Sound Designer , Computer Game Composer/Sound Editor , Roadie , Backline Technician , A&R Coordinator , Booking Agent  or Music Teacher.

Further information

If you require further information please contact: The Course Information Team on 01924 789111

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: 30 April 2019
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