Venue Southwark
Day/Eve Day
Study Mode Full Time
Duration 2 years
Start Date 09/09/2019
End Date 02/07/2021

Fees and Finance

16-18 Free
19-24 £3,697 p/ year
24+ £3,697 p/ year
International £9,000 p/ year


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The course leads to the awarding of the University of the Arts Level Three 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 1-8 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: on the UAL L3 Extended Diploma in Music or at Foundation Degree Level, or to work professionally in the music business.

Career Options

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

What can I earn in the music industry? When you're deciding what to study post-16, it's important to think about where your course will lead. As a trained musician you'll be starting on a very fulfilling and varied career path with the opportunity to earn well: Musicians can earn around £19,000 to start with, and £32,000 with a few years' experience ? but obviously this varies a lot! DJs can earn around £24,000 with 3-5 years' experience Music development managers start on around £25,000 a year and can earn £45,000 with 3-5 years' experience

If you want to turn your passion for music into a career, we offer a diverse range of vocational courses that will help you get where you want to go. Our former students have gone on to successful careers in performance and songwriting, music production, or business roles for major companies like Yamaha Music London ? and with the right training, there's no reason why you shouldn't follow in their footsteps. To find out more go to or contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.

What could I earn?

  • Musicians £34,400
  • Information technology and telecommunications professionals n.e.c. £46,800
  • Information technology and telecommunications directors £81,700

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