16-18 Courses, 16-18: Vocational

Music Performance & Production (Level 3 Extended Diploma)

Course Overview

Entry requirements

GCSE Average Points Score: 3.5, Grade 4 English Language GCSE, Grade 4 Maths GCSE, 5 GCSEs at Grade 4

Course information

The course offers an exciting, project-based approach, where you will develop your musical/technical skills alongside like-minded musicians culminating in professional, industry-relevant outcomes that will form a portfolio of work to prepare you for further study or employment within the industry. We’re proud of our community of musicians and creative artists and you’ll be encouraged to collaborate with other courses to deliver an industry-like experience, such as concerts and gigs. We will support your development as either a performer or producer in a range of areas.

You can expect to study:

  • Creativity and Composition
  • Live Sound/Performance
  • Studio Production
  • Project and Live Events Management
  • Instrument Skills Development
  • Sequencing
  • Music Business/Enterprise

As part of your assessment, you will undertake projects and performances that will allow you to utilise the various skills acquired throughout the course. The Extended Diploma is equivalent to three A Levels.

It is a complete programme and is therefore not taken with any other course. Having an understanding and interest in different types of music performance and production will benefit you personally and professionally.

  • How you are assessed

    100% Coursework, including practical/written assessments.
  • Why study at NCC?

    The UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music Performance and Production is a two year qualification equivalent to three A Levels. It has been designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to progress to further study and training in a range of music performance and production disciplines. The course is for students who have an interest in music performance and/or music production who wish to explore and extend this interest via a full-time, immersive learning experience. Many students will have identified a specific career in the music or creative industry that they wish to progress to (for example, performer, songwriter, producer, technician or engineer).

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What Can This Course Lead To

Progress to university, further study, a higher level apprenticeship or employment.

Students can progress to higher education courses or university degrees in music and music-related courses or they can go directly to work or an apprenticeship in the industry. With the UCAS points gained, there are also many other possible higher education options available that are not directly related to performing or producing. Former students have gone on to careers in the music industry and also in areas such as media, film and television, acoustics, and events/music management.

Did You Know?
There are more than two million jobs in the creative industries and creative jobs have increased by 30.6% since 2011. Creative jobs are future-proof jobs – 87% of creative jobs are at low or no risk of automation. (Source: Creative Industries Federation 2017).

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