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Music Performance (Extended) Diploma Level 3

Practical Vs Theory


Course overview

This course is designed for people looking to work in the music industry as a performer. You will gain an understanding of rehearsal skills, solo music performance and group performance, music production, basic recording skills and the music business to develop your skills as a self-employed musician/​freelancer.


What Does The Programme Include

You will be working both alone and in small groups in our state of the art rehearsal rooms. Much of your time will be spent preparing material for performances and assessments. There is an expectation that you will carry out individual study outside of your scheduled timetable. Practical assessments take place at local music venues in order to give you real world experience of working in the industry.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at grades 4/​C or above including English and maths at grades 4/​C or above.

Alternatively a Merit in a relevant Level 2 Diploma, and a GCSE grade 4/​C or a pass for FS Level 2 English. You will also be required to audition with your instrument of choice at interview.

A Merit in your first year is required to enter the second year Extended Diploma.

Need to re-sit? No problem. If you don’t achieve a Grade 4/​C in GCSE maths or English, you’ll resit the exams with us and we’ll help you prepare.

How The Course Will Be Assessed

There are no exams for this course. Students build a portfolio of work for each of the units and complete written assignments. This leads up to a final major project of your choosing which will determine your final grade.

Additional Information

You will need to purchase an equipment pack at the start of the year costing £30. Units subject to change. You will also be able to participate in running the of the College radio station and record label where you can release your own music through major online retailers such as iTunes. For detailed information visit http://​www​.infin​itys​tam​ford​.ac​.uk.

Assessed public performances usually take place in the evening when you will be required to arrange your own transport from the performance venue (either college or a local venue).

Potential Future Career

On successful completion of this course, you can progress to the HNC/​HND in Music at University Centre Stamford or other music degrees at university. You could also progress to careers such as a Live Sound Engineer, Music Promoter, Music Manager, or Session Musician.

Course Content

You will study the following units:

  • Principles of live music performance
  • Critical listening and music composition
  • Music industry and professional practice
  • Critical and contextual awareness for music performance and production
  • Music production in context
  • Music performance in context
  • Preperation for specialist study in music performance and production
  • Collaborative music project


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Studying music has given me the opportunity to progress onto a degree study my dream career at University — Music Composition!

Felix Colbert



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