Do you see yourself as a professional musician, or have aspirations to work in the music industry? This course will give you the foundations for building a career in music, covering everything from performing to understanding the process of music production for all genres. You’ll learn about the latest techniques and best practices, and have the chance to explore work experience roles within the music industry.
The course is taught by a very experienced and supportive tutor, and you'll be based in a well-equipped music department, with access to the college recording studio.

Funding and bursaries

Students if you’re aged over 19 you may be eligible for free tuition depending on the course you want to study, your existing qualifications and your financial circumstances. For more information email or call 023 8087 4874.

Advanced Learner Loans are available for students who are aged 19 or over. Repayments do not begin until the course is completed and you are earning £25,000 or over. Eligible learners will be enrolling on a level 3 or above course and are a UK or EU national. For further information, visit

Entry requirements

GCSEs at grade 3 (grade D) or above.
For performance students, the ability to play an instrument or sing is desirable, as is some experience with live sound or computer-based music production for technology students.
You don’t need to have studied music at GCSE.

What will I learn?

Develop your skills as a musician

Gain knowledge and understanding into the theory of music and production

Learn about the latest techniques and best practices

Work Experience

All students are expected to complete two weeks’ work experience. We’ll help you organise your placement in a music-related business, e.g. Vinilo Records, River Studios or at a local school helping in the music department.


This one year course is a great introduction to the world of the music industry.
Depending on your focus and passion, you can choose from a range of options, including performance, composition, recording, live sound sequencing and music business.

Available modules include:

Solo performance skills

Ensemble skills

Multi-track audio recording

Working in the music industry


You’ll be assessed through a portfolio of practical assessment and written work.

Enrichment Opportunities

You’ll have full access to our recording studio during enrichment sessions, and you’ll also get the chance to mentor and form bands with students from around the college.
Students can take part in a local battle of the bands and trips off campus, including to local gigging venues.
We have very close links with industry professionals who come in to do guest talks and lectures.

Career and Progression

You can progress onto Music Technology Level 3 where you’ll advance your skills and knowledge and then go on to university, or you can get a job in areas such as functions gigging, live sound, event promotion, etc.

What our students say

Last year I did a rap/grime set as part of a label launch at The Talking Heads which was a mind-blowing and memorable experience. At Totton College the course is fluid so you can really tailor your learning; I’ve been able to combine performance with music tech.

Tomas Miller

Level 3 Music student at Totton College

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