Professional Musician Level 3

The Professional Musician Extended Diploma course has been carefully developed to prepare you for a professional career in music and to study music at degree level through a broad and exciting range of music and musical activities. Based in a department that has offered music degrees for 40 years, it incorporates the opportunity to take Music AS/A Level and tuition for ABRSM theory and practical grades in order to offer you the fullest possible experience of music.

All course tutors and instrumental teachers are experienced professional musicians ranging from Glastonbury headliners to music college professors, many of whom teach at degree and masters levels. The Professional Musician Diploma course is delivered using Music Department’s superb university-style facilities and students are encouraged to join our renowned ensembles such as choirs, wind orchestra, clarinet ensembles, jazz orchestra and rock bands.

The course provides many opportunities to participate in a wide range of musical experiences.  It is delivered through a combination of practical music making, classroom theory, seminars, tutorials and assignments. In addition to your main programme, you will also engage in activities to develop your English, maths and employability skills.

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

I really liked the emphasis on practice time and easy access to facilities and instruments compared to other colleges; I’ve learned so much about music and the piano. I will be staying on to study a Music Education degree. I hope to become a music teacher alongside being a performing musician.Darcey Blake - Professional Musician Level 3

***Applications for full-time courses to start in September 2022 are open now!***

We want to make sure you have the best chance of securing a place with us. All full-time applications received by 31st of January 2022 will be guaranteed a place at Colchester Institute, subject to you satisfying the published entry requirements. We still accept applications after this date but may not be able to guarantee you a place on your chosen programme.

Application for this course are made by the ‘Apply Online’ buttons located in the menu further down the page.

If you are looking to start, or are a parent/guardian of a learner looking to start in September 2022, then bookings for our popular January Open Events are also open.

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Course Content

Professional Musician Level 3 Lessons include:

  • Weekly Performance Workshop
  • Composition and Arranging
  • Developing Aural and Musicianship Skills
  • Musical Theory and Harmony
  • Workshops and Concerts by Professional Musicians and Ensembles
  • Exploring Music History
  • The Music Industry
Entry Requirements
  • 5 GCSEs (9-4) including English, or satisfactory results (Merit/Distinction) in a relevant level 2 Music Diploma
  • An audition to demonstrate musical ability at Grade 4/5 or equivalent

All eligible applicants will be auditioned and should have sufficient ability to succeed on the course. Candidates will be expected to perform on an instrument (which can include voice) to a good level of proficiency at equivalent to Grade 4/5 ABRSM standard or above.

What Can I Do Next?

Students have gone on from the course to pursue careers in all aspects of the music industry from performing, teaching, composing and arranging to arts management, journalism and studio recording. Around 90% of our students progress to higher education. Many progress onto the BA (Hons) in Music at Colchester Institute, while others go on to universities and colleges such as The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, The Royal Academy of Music, Rotterdam Conservatoire, and The Royal Northern College.

How to make an Application – Watch our video guide!

We have also prepared a step-by-step video guide – please view this video which will guide you through the application process.

Professional Musician Level 3
Course Outline: The course provides many opportunities to participate in a wide range of musical experiences.
Qualification: UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music Performance and Production
LevelLevel 3
DurationTwo Years: Year 1: Diploma | Year 2: Extended Diploma | Two Years: Extended Diploma
Study ModeFull-Time
CampusColchester Campus
Start DateSeptember 2022 - Applications open on 1st October 2021
Fee(s)16-18 year olds: Free
19+: £11,356
This fee covers the whole two year course


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