Free course, excluding materials

This one-year course offers a great introduction into the music industry, and is flexible to cover a mixture of performance and technology to suit the individual student. Students learn and gain practical skills in our dedicated Music Academy where, depending on your interests and type of job you would like, you can focus on various areas including composition, recording, live sound and sequencing.

Some students opt for a one-year Subsidiary Diploma, although most complete the two-year Extended Diploma, which is equivalent to three A Levels.

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Course content

Units are chosen each year to reflect the interest and focus of the group, and each individual student’s career aspirations. Typically the following subjects are studied:

  • Rehearsal skills
  • Performance skills
  • Recording music
  • Composing for TV and film

How will I be assessed?

All units are assessed via coursework. This can take the form of a composition, practical demonstration of skills or a performance.


Entry requirements:

At least 4 GCSEs at grade 3 (D). Performance students will need to sing or play an instrument to at least a beginner level.

Enrichment opportunities:

Music students work together to support and feed from each other during the course. This includes working in the Music Academy’s recording studios, as well as at music venues include the Wedgewood Rooms, Talking Heads and Hanger Farm Arts Centre.

You will also have the opportunity to listen to guest speakers and get involved in local community and charity events.

Work experience:

All Totton College students have the benefit of undertaking at least 60 hours of relevant work experience to support their studies, gain experience and potentially develop contacts with future employers. Our careers team is available to help students secure work placements.

What can I do next?

Most students go on to study a Level 3 qualification – either in Music Performance or Music Technology, or a combination of both – or progress to employment in a wide range or job roles across the music industry such as runner, roadie, stage crew, venue staff and music promoter.

Contact a tutor

Mary Howard

Tel: 023 8087 4874

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