Level Three RSL Extended Diploma for Music Practitioners (Performance, Technology, Composition and Music Business Pathways)

This course has been designed by musicians for musicians. It is aimed at students who demonstrate the potential to pursue a career in the music industry. The course is built around structured band rehearsals but provides comprehensive tuition and guidance in all areas relevant to a career in music. The second year takes the learner on an artist development course which identifies professional directions and creates strategies to achieve them with the use of our many years of experience and the outstanding equipment and facilities we have as standard in the Academy.

This course is available as part of a full-time study programme for 16 to 18 year olds, and as a part-time course for adults aged 19 and over.  Please ask learner services for details.

What will I study?

Music Performance Pathway

  • Live music performance
  • Music rehearsal skills
  • Instrumental skills
  • Composition and arranging
  • Auditioning for music
  • Composing music collaboration
  • Listening to music
  • Getting work in music
  • Planning a career in music
  • Recorded music performance (session skills)
  • Music improvisation
  • Studio sound recording

Music Technology Pathway

  • Live sound recording
  • Digital recording and production
  • Studio sound recording
  • Studio sound mixing
  • Studio audio mastering
  • Remixing and production
  • Composing solo
  • Creating a sample library
  • Using multi-effects
  • Using a keyboard with a DAW
  • Listening to music
  • Getting work in music
  • Planning a career in music

Music Composing Pathway

  • Composing music styles
  • Arranging (applications)
  • Arrangement (orchestrations)
  • Composing solo
  • Composing collaboration
  • Composing film and documentary
  • Composing for tv and adverts
  • Practical harmony application
  • Composing lyrics
  • Studio sound recording
  • Listening to music
  • Getting work in music
  • Planning a career in music

Music Business Pathway

  • Music marketing
  • Music promotion
  • Music stage manager
  • Selling recorded music
  • Music publishing
  • Understanding the creative process in music
  • Music management
  • Music event management
  • Setting up a music business
  • Working as a freelance music practitioner
  • Getting work in music
  • Planning a career in music

How will I be assessed?

This artist development course is assessed through practical activities and written coursework depending on the subject matter. Coursework and practical assessments are based on realistic workplace situations and live assignments where appropriate, and are designed to develop skills and experience leading to professional experience.

Entry requirements

  • Four GCSEs grade A* to C/4-9 to include English
  • Or level two diploma (merit)
  • Or first diploma (merit)
  • Or NVQ level two
  • Or equivalent

You must also possess appropriate musical skills and experience (normally around two years' instrumental playing experience). The ability to read music is not essential. You will be called to audition on the strength of your application. No one will be accepted without an audition.

What next?



A continuation onto the Higher National Diploma in Music as a culmination for our artist development programme, degrees in popular music, music technology, commercial music or performing arts. Many students go on to employment or become self-employed in the music industry directly as a result of studying on this course.

Additional information

For start dates and fees, consult the relevant course guides below or you can request a prospectus by post.

Higher Education Apprenticeship Guide 2019 Autumn Part-time Prospectus 2019 Full-time Course Guide