Free course, excluding materials

While distinctly different from the Music Performance Diploma, the two Level 3 courses are delivered alongside each other in our dedicated Music Academy, enabling learners to support each other. During the first year you will build core skills and knowledge, moving on to a highly vocational second year.

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

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Course content

This highly vocational course combines music technology and production with developing employability and practical skills that will help you enter and work in the industry.

During the first year, you will study a vast range of areas including:

  • Studio recording
  • Creative synthesis
  • Composing
  • Remixing
  • Commercial music production

In the second year, you will work more closely with the performance students, working at a music venue to record a set of original material 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.

Financial commitments:

A course text book and work placement t-shirt will need to be purchased through Totton College.

Enrichment opportunities:

You will have access to the Music Academy’s recording studios to take advantage of 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 record at music venues including the Wedgewood Rooms, Talking Heads and Hanger Farm Arts Centre.

What can I do next?

You can go on to university or straight into working within the music industry as a music technician, record production assistant, event promoter or working for a record label.

Contact a tutor

Kyle Maxwell

Tel: 023 8087 4874

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