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 3 course will give you the advanced skills required for building a career in music.

From performing to understanding the process and technology for music production, you will experience how to make and produce all genres of music.

Through our course, you will gain the confidence and skills to either explore entry-level positions in the music industry or progress to higher levels of education.  As part of your course, you will have the opportunity to join the College Band and perform at local gigs in and around Totton and Southampton.

Course objectives

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

  • Develop you skills as a musician
  • Advance your knowledge and understanding of the theory of music and production
  • Use music technology to refine and produce music of all genres
  • Produce your own portfolio of work

Course details

Course duration


1 year – Introductory Diploma
2 years – Extended Diploma

The extended diploma qualification is equivalent to three A Levels, although some students opt to take the one-year subsidiary diploma which is equivalent to one A Level.

Delivered on:

4 days per week


Level 3 Diploma

Entry requirements

GCSEs at grades 4 (grade C) 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)


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, which may include:

  • 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 which may include:

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

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

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.

Learner progression

You may use your qualification and portfolio either to continue onto a three-year degree course in a specialist area of art and design or to seek employment in an art and design-related field.

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.

Additional costs

You will need a range of materials and equipment to complete the course which can be purchased independently or from the Art department for around £10 – £30

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


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“I’m able to follow my goals here. I feel respected and I am allowed to use the studio whenever I want. I’ve learnt a lot about music theory, music production and running recording sessions and my tutor is a legend who listens to me and helps me achieve.”

Kyle Jasper

Music technology student