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If you're aged 19 or over and you want to study A Levels, an Access to Higher Education Diploma, or a Level 3 to 6 Vocational Qualification, you could be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan.

    About the course

    This exciting course develops your understanding of the broad subject of music. You will explore music performance, composition, music theory and harmony, live sound, the music industry, improvisation and music technology, and take part in a number of public performances.

    Entry requirements

    4 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, at least one of which should be in a performing arts subject, or an equivalent Level 2 qualification in a relevant subject. Music or dance grades of the appropriate level may also be considered as suitable entry qualifications. You will also need to pass an audition.

    How much does it cost?

    Free to those aged 16-18. If you are aged 19+ you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan.

    There is a range of financial support that you may be entitled to, including: Learner Support funds, grants and bursaries and employer support.

    Workshops and educational visits – up to £150 per year.

    Who is it suitable for?

    Anyone who wants to work in the music industry or go to university to study music technology, sequencing, composing, performing, sound engineering, backstage production or technical theatre.

    Awarding Body

    UAL (University of the Arts London)

    Why study?

    The qualification is characterised by experiential, experimental and integrated learning, relying on the application and transferable music and production skills, whilst valuing the accidental and novel results that can occur in both individual and collaborative practice, and recognising common principles and distinctive characteristics within the field of the music industry.

    Where will this course take me?

    Destinations for our students include the following:

    • BIMM
    • The Institute
    • The Academy of Contemporary Music
    • LIPA

    Possible careers:

    • Performer or writer
    • Sound engineer/technician
    • Tour Manager/Coordinator/Festival Director
    • Music Producer
    • Teaching

    Core modules

    1. Principles of music performance and production
    2. Critical listening and music composition
    3. Music industry and professional practice
    4. Critical and contextual awareness for music performance and production
    5. Music production in context
    6. Music performance in context
    7. Preparation for specialist study in music performance and production
    8. Collaborative music performance project

    How will I be assessed?

    Verbal and written formative and summative feedback, through a variety of methods: Practical work; performances; classroom observations; Showbie app: presentations; logbooks; viva voca; rehearsals; blogs; diaries; reports; essays etc.

    Will I have to provide anything?

    pens, pencils, diary, highlighters, paper/notebook. Your own instruments. Earplugs.

    Workshops and educational visits – up to £150 per year.

    I'm interested. What should I do now?

    Call 01279 868100 and talk to an Admissions Adviser
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