Awarding organisation

Awarding Body: UAL

Qualifications on offer:

  • Level 1 Music, Performing & Production Arts
  • English and maths at an appropriate level

Summary of course

The Level 1 Diploma in Music, Performing and Production Arts (Music) offers a flexible and challenging programme of study related to the creative arts and music sectors. This particular pathway is suited for students who want to explore the creative arts with a specialist interest in music and music technology. These qualifications are for students who wish to learn the basic skills and knowledge of sound and music technology and practice at Level 1, they support progression on to further study or training in the subject, and on to potential future employment in the sector.

As a vocational award, the Level 1 qualification provides the opportunity for students to begin developing the relevant skills and knowledge as a platform for further development. These qualifications are also suitable for those who want to develop a personal interest or hobby. The method of learning is a mixture of written work, discussion sessions and practical work. Practical work will be done both individually and in groups.

You will receive encouragement and the support you need to progress into further education or the music industry by providing you wih a structured framework to work with.

The qualification is designed to provide specialist work-related qualifications in a range of sectors, consequently subjects studied will depend on the specialist subject area. Those students with an interest in music and music technology will study in a projectbased format.

As part of the study programme, students will also be expected to develop and practise their English and mathematical skills and work towards a Level 2 qualification.

What will I study?

The units you will study are likely to include:

Core Units:

  • Introduction to the music, performing arts and production arts
  • Introduction to reserach for the music, performing arts and production arts
  • communicating with an audience for music, performing arts adn production arts
  • Prodction development music, performing arts adn production arts
  • Performnce development music, performing arts adn production arts
  • Music, performing arts and production arts Project

All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.

For further information about the course and the units you will study, please read the awarding body specification by clicking on the link below:

Awarding Body specification.

How is the course assessed?

All units are continuously assessed throughout the year through a range of assignments. These are assessed internally, here at the college. The assignments will be a mixture of written work, presentations, computer-based composition and live sound engineering scenarios.

Your Study Programme

If you are aged 16-18, you will join a Study Programme. We will make sure you are working at the right level on your core qualification and are challenged to achieve the highest level of qualification you can. All students will continue to improve their maths and English and if you don't have a grade 4 (C) at GCSE, we will work with you towards achieving that goal (subject to specific entry requirements for particular courses). Work experience will be part of your study programme and complement your college study and prepare you for employment. You will also get involved in activities to help you develop life skills and to build your confidence so you can make progress in your career. Weekly timetables will include tutorial support which may comprise of full group activities or one to one sessions to discuss individual progress or support needs.

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal for you if you have an interest in either entering employment in the Sound and Music Industry or progressing to a Level 2 qualification in music practice or music technology and wish to gain a Level 1 qualification in music.

It is specifically for students who work best with bite size chunks of learning, allowing them to progress at their own pace.

Progression and Career Opportunities

Progression routes include:

  • Level 2 Diploma
  • Level 3 90 Credit Diploma
  • Level 3 Extended Diploma
  • University
  • Music industry

Entry Requirements for new students

Level Entry Requirements
Entry and Foundation: GCSEs, mainly 2-1 (F/G) grades. Satisfactory school reference*
Level 1: Four GCSEs at grade 2 (E) or above
Level 2: Four GCSEs at grade 3 (D) or above
Level 3 BTEC Courses or equivalent: Four GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C)
Level 3 A Levels: Five GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C) including English and maths
Level 4/5: A Level 3 qualification such as: A Levels, BTEC Level 3, Access to HE, Advanced Apprenticeship; equivalent of 48 UCAS points
Specific Course Requirements: Standard Level 1 entry requirements

*All applicants will be invited in for interview.

Equivalent qualifications will be considered except where English has been studied as a second language and is required at GCSE grade 2 (E).

Interview Requirements

You must bring your interview letter to your appointment with you and arrive 15 minutes before your interview is due to take place.

General Info (materials required for the course)

There may be trips/visits planned during the year, ask your interviewer for more details.

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