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Level: Advanced (Level 3)

In 2015 the UK’s core music industry made an estimated economic contribution of 4bn supporting 117,000 jobs. The music industries growth of 5 per cent outperformed the rest of the UK economy. 

The Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma for Music Practitioners provide music industry qualifications that will equip learners with the skills,knowledge and understanding for entry to employment in the music industry or progression to further study at a higher level. The qualification is aims to offer practical structured learning paralleled with contextual knowledge of the industry.

On a technology pathway students can develop their skills and understanding of acoustics,inputs and levels,recording and sequencing skills, mixing and production and contextual issues realisation of their repertoire.

What can it lead to?

Music practitioner careers include;

  • Music Producer
  • Recording Artist
  • Sound Engineer
  • Live Music Production

Employment opportunity in the music industry is centred on self- employment or small-team operations.This qualification contains specific units related to career options in the industry. 

Some students will use it as a stepping stone to progress to higher education.

How is the course organised?

Board: RSL

The course is valued as the equivalent of 1.5 A Levels.

Year 12

Unit 01 Music Sequencing & Production

Unit 02 Contextualising Music

Unit 03 Creating a Sample Library

Unit 04 Evolution Of The Record Industry

Year 13

Unit 05 Planning For a Career In Music

Unit 06 Music Dissertation 

Unit 07 Live Sound Recording-Studio & Venue

How is the course assessed?

Teaching is a combination of theoretical lessons and practical work.It is essential that learners have a good working knowledge of a Music Sequencing Package i.e Garageband, Cubase, Logic etc

The underlying philosophy for assessment is that learners should receive credit for achievement and that all should be encouraged to reach their full potential in all aspects of the course

Feedback will be given by the subject teacher on each assessment criteria, with the opportunity for improvement, and exemplar materials will be made available so students can assess for themselves their own standard of work.

What do I need to qualify for this course?

At least 5 GCSEs with a minimum grade 4 (C) in Music and a grade 4 (C) in Maths & English.

You need to have used some kind of music sequencing software like Garageband, Logic, Cubase etc before you start the course.

Who are the teachers?

For further information, contact Mr. M. Sewell on Alternatively, you can get information about this course direct from the Exam Board website:

What else do I need to know?

£50 will be payable at the beginning of the course to cover things like headphones, USBs and recording equipment. 

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