Music Level 3 Applied
Our Music Extended Certificate gives you the chance to experience and develop a knowledge of what it is to work in the music industry, and is designed for students who aim to progress ultimately to employment in the music or the creative sector. As a Music student, you will be playing and performing in ensemble groups, both in and out of the college. You will learn the requirements of working within a creative field using a practical approach, while developing your knowledge of the career opportunities that are available in this constantly evolving industry.
This course is available to study as an Extended Certificate (60-credit course, equivalent to 1 A Level)
You will develop skills that are valued in all areas of work, such as performance techniques, communication skills and team working. You will have the opportunity to focus on your personal vocal/instrumental technique and get the chance to compose and perform your own pieces. The course is taught in excellent purpose-built facilities, equipped with computers with audio and MIDI interfaces, acoustic and electric pianos, PA systems, amplifiers, drum kits and additional percussion. Performances will take place on our professionally-lit and sound-engineered music stage.
There is also a wealth of opportunities to explore creative and professional performance opportunities in our many music enrichment programmes, such as open mic events, formal concerts and recording sessions.
Whether you are interested in a future career in music, or are simply passionate about the subject, this course is an excellent choice, giving you transferrable skills that are valued by higher education and employers alike.
Year 1 Modules
- Professional Practice in the Music Industry
- Music Performance Session Styles
Year 2 Modules
- Practical Music Theory and Harmony
- Ensemble Music Performance
Minimum Entry Requirements
- Five GCSEs at Grade 4 including GCSE English
- Grade 4 / 5 ability in Voice or Instrument
- A successful Music audition
- 25% Exam
- 75% Coursework
- Exam Board: Edexcel
Exam Results 2022: 25% D* - D
Average class size
Why choose this course?
There are many chances to perform throughout the year, either at formal concerts such as our annual Christmas Concert, or at more informal events such as our half-termly Open Mics. You can join one of our many enrichment groups; a choir, a cappella group or band jam.
We organise regular trips to local venues to experience professional live music. You will also have the opportunity to participate in workshops run by professional musicians, music colleges and universities on areas such as improving performance or careers in music.
- Do you enjoy listening to a wide range of music?
- Do you enjoy rehearsing music with others?
- Do you enjoy performing to an audience?
- Do you want to improve your playing/singing technique?
- Do you enjoy organising events?
- Do you want to find out more about what it is to work in the music industry?
- Are you thinking about studying Music at university or making it your career?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, this is the course for you!
Skills you'll gain
When studying this course you will learn a range of Music-specific skills, such as personal vocal/instrumental skills, rehearsal and performance techniques, listening skills, composition skills and arranging skills.
Just as importantly, you will develop skills that are valued in all areas of work, such as problem-solving, communication skills, team working and time management.
After Long Road
This course, in combination with other applied courses/A-levels will qualify you to progress to University, and many students who study Music at Long Road choose to continue with music on this route.
From these, the majority choose to study a Music degree at one of the increasing number of contemporary music colleges, but you would also be qualified for a more traditional University course.
You may opt instead for an apprenticeship, of which there are several available in larger music venues, recording studios or record labels.
Music, although challenging, is an enjoyable course. I’m considering pursuing a career in Music, and the course has given me a great insight into the subject and broadened my understanding.