Course starts: September 2019

Age groups

16-18, 19+

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Do you see yourself as a professional musician, or have aspirations to work in the music industry?

Our Music Level 2 course will give you the foundations for building a career in music. From performing to understanding the process of music production, you will experience how to make and produce all genres of music.

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.

Through our course, you will gain the confidence and skills to either explore entry level work experience positions in the music industry or progress to a level 3 qualification.

Course objectives

To prepare students to go directly into work in the contemporary music industry, or onto the Level 3 progression:

  • Develop you skills as a musician
  • Gain knowledge and understanding into the theory of music and production
  • Learn about the latest techniques and best practices

Course details

Course duration


1 year

Delivered on:

4 days per week


Level 2 Diploma

Entry requirements

GCSEs at grades 3 (grade D) or above and the ability to play an instrument or sing for performance students, or, some experience with live sound or computer based music production for music technology students. You do not need to have studied music at GCSE.

Teaching team

Gareth McCarthy (Course Leader)


You will cover a wide variety of modules to learn music techniques and production sequences.

Assessment and exam information

A portfolio of practical assessment and written work.

Career and progression

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.

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.

Learner progression

Initially onto the 2 year, level 3 music course and then on to work in the music industry, such as functions gigging, live sound and event promotion etc.

Your career

Instruction and guidance will be given to extend the experience of the student, worksheets and examples of previous work will be available to help inspire the students for future study or employment.

Fee information

Course costs

If you are under 19 on 31 August in the year you start your course, and a UK or EU resident, you won’t need to pay tuition or examination fees. Depending on your household income, you may also be able to get help towards travel, accommodation, essential equipment or childcare costs.

Funding and bursaries

Students 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 you can email info@totton.ac.uk 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 gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan