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Music (Vocational) - Level 3


This is a Level 3 diploma in music, equivalent to 1.5 A Levels, and must be studied alongside two A Level subjects.

You will develop your musical knowledge, understanding and skills whilst learning about performing, composing and appraising music. The course includes topics such as:

  • Music performance (live and for recording)
  • Music theory
  • Composition and arrangement
  • Contextual studies

Recommended courses to study alongside this A Level include:

Meet the tutors

Get to know to know the staff from our music department before you join us.

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs with at least grade 4/C including English language and maths. GCSE Music (or equivalent) is desireable but not essential. Instrumental/vocal skills to be demonstrated via an audition.

You will need to supply a written reference from your school/college teacher and/or a current school or college report with an indication of your attendance pattern and achievements. This will need to be uploaded to your myVISION account by the end of May.

Following your application you will normally be offered a place to study A Levels subject to achieving the entry requirements and attending a welcome taster. You will also be required to undertake an audition on your chosen instrument.

Start dates and fees

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September 20211501Apply online

How long is the course?

2 years.


How will I be assessed?

For each unit of study you will undertake an assignment which will usually include a combination of practical work (e.g. performances, compositions etc.) and written work (e.g. reports, evaluations etc.).

All assignments are internally assessed (i.e. by your course tutors) and externally verified. 

To successfully complete the course you will need to complete and pass all units, and will ultimately achieve a grade of Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*.

What will I study?

The course includes topics such as:

  • Music performance (live and for recording)
  • Music theory
  • Composition and arrangement
  • Contextual studies

Study programmes

It is an entry requirement for some courses to have gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths (see entry requirements). If the entry requirements to a course do not require A*-C in these subjects, and you haven’t already gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths before joining us, you will continue to study English and maths as part of your programme and take appropriate qualifications in these subjects with the aim of achieving A* to C grade. In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, every student aged under 19 and studying a full-time course at college will take part in our study programmes alongside their main subject qualification. Find out more.

What else can I do?

Further study at university-level or employment (musician, composer, arts administrator, live events coordinator).

What can I go on to study?

The qualification will allow you to develop particular strengths and interests, encourage lifelong learning and provide access to Higher Education and university degree courses in music-related careers.

How do I apply?

Apply online


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