Music Performance Level 3 (17/18)

The Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music Performance is a highly popular, industry-lead course, which offers learners the opportunity to develop the skillset and knowledge to work within music industry. Learners study under industry specialist staff, who have many years experience in writing, performing, recording and releasing music in a wide range of genres and our staff are currently professionally active. Working in the music industry today requires a wide range of skills and many professional musicians are successful because they are competent in multiple areas of the industry. Our course recognises this and as well as studying performance and technique classes to improve your instrumental or vocal abilities, you will also study Music History, Music Business and Music Production. The Level 3 Extended Diploma Music Performance is aimed at learners of all ages and levels of experience that have ability or experience in Music Performance. You will be expected to perform in different genres such as Rock; Pop; Prog; Folk; Acoustic; Electronic etc. Creativity is actively encouraged and supported and we expect our learners to be able to work both independently and with others, forming different bands depending on the needs of your performances. During your time with us you will study across our dedicated music performance and practice suites and two professional Digital Recording Studios.


“The music course at Kidderminster college is the best I’ve seen, there is genuine talent being nurtured here and the spectrum of teaching I’ve seen leaves me in no doubt that the stars of tomorrow, in whatever part of the industry they choose, that have come from the college will owe a career debt of gratitude to the amazing tutoring I know they will have received when starting out”.

Jem Godfrey
Ivor Novello winning producer and songwriter who has written four number ones and also plays keyboards for Steve Vai and Joe Satriani


"The Kiddeminster College Music Courses provide students with a solid grounding in all aspects of the music business. The tutors have a wealth of experience in the industry which allows for a current, relevant and modern style of teaching in everything from songwriting and production to performance and music theory. These courses give students the best possible chance of being prepared for a future career in the Music Industry, whatever vocation they choose."

Paul Stewart: Drummer: The Feeling


|"Andy Edwards has always been ahead of the curve. His influence as the a teacher is already transforming the program into a state of the art musical experience for the students and the rest of us!"

Mark Schulman, Drummer/Producer/Author
P!NK, Simple Minds, Billy Idol, Sheryl Crow

  • What will be studied

    A wide range of units will be studied over the 2 years, including: Planning for a Career in Music Rehearsal Skills & Live Music Performance Session Musician Music Improvisation Composing Music Composing Lyrics Live Music Performance Practical Musicianship Ear Training Rhythmic Reading Studio Sound Recording Understanding Musical Influences Understanding Musical Styles Contextualising Music Evolution of The Record Industry

  • What are the entry requirements?

    5 GCSE’s at grade 4 (formally grade C) or above, which should ideally include English and/or Mathematics. Alternatively you should have successfully have completed a level 2 programme in the subject area with an overall Merit profile. Mature learners will be considered on an individual basis. A passion for the subject and the potential to work well independently and the ability to work well with others is essential.

    You will need to attend an interview and an audition or present a portfolio of work as appropriate to the subject area. During this process individual circumstances where learners do not fully meet the entry requirements may be considered.

  • Where does this course lead to?

    Many of our learners progress on to our HND Performance or onto other University courses.

  • What qualifications will be gained?

    Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma for Music Practitioners (1 Year) Level 3 Extended Diploma for Music Practitioners (2 Year)

  • How will this course be delivered?

    The course is run across four days: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday with Wednesdays off

  • How will I be assessed?

    There is a high emphasis on practical work. A large number of the units are assessed practically with elements of written essays, reports, presentations and 1-2-1 tutor assessments.

  • How to get a place?

    Apply online

  • Other Information:

    The course can be studied as a 1 year 90 credit subsidiary, which can allow mature students (19+) a quicker entry route onto our HND in Creative Music Technology.

  • Exam Board:

    Course related careers include: Professional Performing Musician/Vocalist Session Musician/Vocalist Songwriter Arranger Record Label Management Artist Management Studio Engineer Music Producer


Start Date : Sept 2017 End Date : June 2019 Fee : Learners are responsible for their own instruments and associated hardware/leads/cables etc.
Day : Monday Time : 16.5 hours per week Fee Description : Learners are responsible for their own instruments and associated hardware/leads/cables etc. Microphones are provided in performance and rehearsal rooms however we advise vocalists purchase their own microphones and mic cables. Staff can advise on purchases after the course starts. Duration : 2 years (or possible 1 year)
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