Popular Music Level 3

The course is designed to give you a solid base for work in the music industry or progression to a higher education course. This is achieved through a balanced programme that includes the study of performance, composition, music technology, music history and music business. Instrumental lessons from teachers of the highest quality are included in the course. The developed skills are applied to the preparation and performance at gigs both in College and at local venues and workshops. The Popular Music Diploma is a course for learners who are committed to making a career in music and appreciate the need for both practical and academic skills to be successful in the music industry.

The emphasis is on practical skills, musicianship and academic work underpinned by classroom tuition and a range of extra­curricular events including workshops and gigs. In addition to your main programme, you will study English and maths. Depending on your grades on entry, you will study either Functional Skills or GCSEs English and maths (one per year).

You will complete the UAL Diploma in your first year and continue to the Extended Diploma in your second year.

Popular Music Level 3
Outline: The course is designed to give you a solid base for work in the music industry or progression to a higher education course
LevelLevel 3
LocationColchester
DurationTwo Years: Year 1: Diploma | Year 2: Extended Diploma | Two Years: Extended Diploma
Study ModeFull-Time
CampusColchester Institute
Start DateSeptember 2018
Fee(s)16 - 18: Free
19+: £11,356
This fee covers the whole two year course
GAP
Advance Learner Loan Available
Course Content

Popular Music Level 3 Diploma Units include:

  • Composing Music
  • Concert Production and Staging
  • Improvising Music
  • Music Performance Session Styles
  • Music Performance Techniques
  • Music Theory and Harmony
  • Operating Live Sound and Music Sequencing.
Entry Requirements

Minimum of 5 GCSEs (grades A*-C / 9-4), including English and maths or satisfactory results in a relevant Level 2 Music Diploma (Merit/Distinction). All eligible applicants will be auditioned and should have sufficient ability to succeed on the course. Candidates will be expected to perform on one instrument (which can include voice) to a good level of proficiency at equivalent to grade 4/5 Rockschool or ABRSM examination standard or above.

What Can I Do Next?

A career in music might focus on education work (teaching or working as a performer in education), on composing and arranging, on technology (recording or instrument technology), on management and administration or on a whole range of opportunities in the publishing and retail sectors. The course prepares students for progression to higher education courses in popular music and music technology, such as the Foundation Degree or BA (Hons) in Popular Music at UCC University Centre Colchester.

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