Music Level 3 Applied

Course Overview

Our Music Extended Certificate gives you a taste 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. 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. If you are ultimately aiming to progress into a career in the music or creative sectors, then this course is designed for you!

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 work. You will have the opportunity to focus on your personal vocal/instrumental technique and then combine your skills with those of others in ensemble rehearsals and performances. The course is taught within 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 in 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 transferable 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

Musical band of male students playing guitar, keyboard and singing

Key Info

Minimum Entry Requirements

  • Five GCSEs at Grade 4 including:
    • Grade 4 in GCSE English Language or GCSE English Literature
    • Grade 4 / 5 ability in Voice or Instrument
    • A successful Music audition


  • 25% Exam
  • 75% Coursework
  • Exam Board: Edexcel


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Why choose this course? 

There are lots of opportunities for Music students that make the course unique.  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 in 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 for 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 work and time management. 

After Long Road

This course, in combination with other applied courses or 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 for 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 instead opt 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.