Guide to Performing Arts Courses

Music (RSL Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma for Music Practitioners)

Why study Music?

You will be equipped with the skills, knowledge and understanding for entry to employment in the music industry or progression to higher education.  You will undertake practical structured learning with the flexibility to specialise in different disciplines directly relevant to employment within the music industry, including composition, performance, business and technology. 

What can it lead on to?

The flexibility and range of units on this course lead naturally on to the music industry, where portfolio careers are the norm and those seeking employment often require knowledge and skills covering a breadth of relevant disciplines.  “The UK’s music sector is dynamic, innovative and fast-moving, and the range of job roles available follows suit.  Many of those working in the sector take on more than one role at a time, or adjust the role to suit the needs of their business.” (Creative and Cultural Skills, The Music Blueprint – An Analysis of the skills needs of the music sector in the UK, 2011).  This qualification also achieves the same amount of UCAS points as an equivalent BTEC qualification and can be used for entry for all kinds of higher education courses and careers.

What are the areas of study?

This qualification focuses on the recognition of achievement through practical musical skills, production skills and business skills.  On the performing pathway, you will undertake one externally assessed core unit (‘Rehearsal and Performance’) which requires you to work to a brief, set with input from industry practitioners and employers specific to the area of specialism.  In addition you will take an internally assessed core unit (‘Planning a Career in Music’) together with a number of optional units that will develop your skills and understanding of musicianship, repertoire, rehearsal, promotion, and live/recorded performance.