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Music Level 3 Diploma

Level 3 Applied Diploma

Music diploma gives you the chance to experience and develop a knowledge of what it is to work in the music industry. As a music student, you will be playing and performing in ensemble groups, both in and out of the college.

The course is taught within excellent purpose-built facilities, which include rehearsal rooms comprising of a music technology suite for use in composition equipment and a full computer suite equipped with audio and MIDI interfaces, amplifiers, PA systems, drum kits and additional percussion. 

This is course is equivalent to one A level.

Please note; may be required to pay course costs towards your study on this course. Click here for a full list of Course Costs

Course Content

Using a practical approach, you will learn the requirements of working within a creative field, while developing your knowledge of the career opportunities that are available in this constantly evolving industry. You will also get the chance to compose and perform your own pieces, while developing or extending your current theoretical knowledge.

You will be given the opportunity to perform within the fully equipped and professionally lit music stage. There is also a wealth of opportunities to explore creative and professional performance opportunities in our many music enrichment programmes. Should you be a musician who has an interest in a future career in music, then the music course is an excellent choice worth considering.


You will be assessed by a combination of internally-assessed assignments and externally- set and marked assessments.

Special Features

There will be frequent opportunities to perform both in public and within the College. Recent public performances have been at Addenbrookes Hospital and The Guildhall in Cambridge. You will also perform in the annual Christmas concert and summer showcase.

There are several ensembles running as part of the college’s Enrichment Programme, including Choir, Music Tech, which involves multi tracking & sequencing and the college Band. Whatever your musical interests may be, whether in classical, pop or rock music, staff are keen to help arrange appropriate concerts, gigs and workshops.

Is it for me?

This course is suitable for those with an interest in the subject who have had appropriate grounding. This may be through a variety of routes such as participation in musical activities, study of an instrument, graded examinations, study of music theory and experience of music at GCSE level.

In addition, the course offers:

  • Enthusiastic and supportive specialist teachers;
  • Opportunities to perform in a range of different ensembles;
  • Encouragement to take part in college concerts and performances;
  • An excellent enrichment timetable;
  • Room for creativity and self expression

Entry Requirements

At least 5 GCSEs at grade 4 in a range of subjects including English.

A grade 4 or equivalent is required in Music if taken at GCSE level.

You need a good standard of musical ability. You need to be of grade 4 or 5 standard (instrument or voice) and have some knowledge of music theory. Keyboard skills are also very useful.

In order to be offered a place you need to successfully complete an audition and theory test set by the music department.

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