The course leads to the awarding of the University of the Arts Level Three Extended Diploma in Music and Production. This qualification is designed to develop your competence in the following areas: music performance, music technology, sound engineering, music business studies, ear training, music theory, composing, arranging, popular music history and the live music industry.

Aims of the course

To develop your all-round abilities as a musician and as a music producer. To develop your analytical, evaluative and research skills. To develop your written and verbal English expression. To develop your understanding of how the music business works and how you might function successfully within it.

Unit Breakdown

See the full qualification specification:

(units 9-12 are mandatory. There are no optional units in this qualification).

Assessment Method

The course uses a process of continual assessment at practical projects: for example staging and taking part in a professional gig or producing a track for another artist. You are required to record and evaluate your progress in a written format. Final grade work involves a practical project and an online assessment in which you demonstrate your written planning and evaluative skills.

Progression Opportunities

This course aims to prepare you for further music study at degree level, or to work professionally in the music business.

Career Options

Working in the music industry as a performer, business person or engineer.

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs A*-C / or 9-4 (in 2017 GCSEs)

Relevant Level 2 qualification with Merit or above

Relevant industry experience to Level 2 or above


Students enjoy the use of state of the art recording, rehearsal, workstation and information technology facilities. The course is delivered through classroom lessons and practical project work on workstations, in the rehearsal room, in the studio and onstage. There are many opportunities to perform at external venues. Likewise there are many opportunities for trips and visits to concerts, backstage events and businesses operating inside the industry. You will enjoy sessions delivered by various music business professionals.

Process for Application

Online application via the College website

Admission is subject to interview, audition and the provision of an academic reference.



Venue Southwark
Day/Eve Day
Study Mode Part Time
Duration 1 year
Start Date 11/09/2017
End Date 06/07/2018

Fees and Finance

16-18 £0 p/ year
19-24 £3,301 p/ year
24+ £3,301 p/ year
International £9,000 p/ year


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