Free course, excluding materials

This two-year course is distinctly different to the Music Technology Diploma, but both are delivered alongside each other in our dedicated Music Academy, enabling students to support each other. The first year focuses on building core skills and knowledge, while the second year is highly vocational.

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

This highly vocational course combines music theory and performance with developing employability and practical skills that will stand you in good stead when entering the workplace.

During the course, students will work in groups to set up a functions band, and study a vast range of areas culminating in a performance at a party or event. Skills developed include repertoire and stage appearance.

You will also develop your writing skills, creating a set of three or four original tracks which the Music Technology students will record for an EP. Towards the end of the course, students work as a team to plan and perform at a launch gig – booking your own venue, organising support acts, and creating promotional material.

Other areas of study will include the commercial side such as:

  • Business planning
  • Photo shoots
  • Website development
  • Promotional video
  • Finance planning

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed via coursework and performance.


Entry requirements:

At least five GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, or a Level 2 qualification in music or another creative sector subject. You must be able to sing or play an instrument at intermediate level.

Enrichment opportunities:

You will have access to the Music Academy’s recording studios to exploit additional enrichment opportunities, such as getting involved in local community and charity events.

Guest speakers and trips are regularly arranged, and you will also have opportunities to perform at music venues include the Wedgewood Rooms, Talking Heads and Hanger Farm Arts Centre.

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?

After completing your Level 3 qualification, you can move on to university or progress straight into working within the music industry as a session musician, event promoter, recording artist, an instrument tutor or working for a record label.

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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Kyle Maxwell

Tel: 023 8087 4874

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