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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
    • Production development music, performing arts and production arts
    • Performance development music, performing arts and production arts
    • Music, performing arts and production arts project

    All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Knowledge

    You will develop a thorough knowledge and understanding of:

    • The professional music industry, learning fundamental production and performance theories including history and context and The development of music theory

    • A range of music-based activities and competences through in-depth study, enabling the development of professionally planning and releasing music

    • Subject specific context; for example warrens of equality and diversity in music, health and safety in a variety of professional music spaces, roles, responsibilities, characteristics and attributes needed in music.
  • Skills

    You will have the ability to:

    • Explore creative development through practical and research-based study including composing, arranging, performing and producing music in different genres and styles

    • Develop core specialist skills at relevant levels including critical listening, communicating ideas, enhancing your musicianship, individually and collaboratively

    • Understand and utilise music technology and music equipment and problem solving through application of theoretical and technical learning to a range of settings and vocational scenarios.
  • Behaviours

    What is required?

    • Developing the behaviours and expectations to help you work in the industry that are specific to music and transferable to a wider range of employability skills; such as time keeping, organisation, respect and communication skills

    • Taking responsibility in the management of an assignment of personal interest and prepare for progression within a chosen discipline, utilising independent study skills and collaborative working/learning/study

    • Demonstrate professional and respectful behaviours that will help you network; including taking initiative, developing resilience, communicating effectively and taking responsibility for self-motivated organisation.
  • General info

    Students will be expected to purchase some basic equipment relevant to the course. This will be conveyed to them in the form of a kit list, sent via email during the summer before they enrol.

    There may be opportunities to go on trips throughout the year, the cost of these will be discussed with students ahead of time.

  • 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

    4 GCSEs grade 2 or complete the Foundation Studies course & attend a taster day (online /onsite). You may be offered a place on another level to your original application.

  • Admissions Process

    We recommend that you attend one of our exciting open events so that you can look around the department, the college and meet the tutors. You are welcome to do this before or after you apply. These events have proved very successful in ensuring students and their families see the best of what the college has to offer such as our inspirational teaching areas, teachers, library facilities and places to eat.
    Once you have applied our experienced Enrolment Team will consider your application carefully and will let you know, by email, if the College would like to make you a conditional offer based on you meeting the specified entry requirements. If your predicted grades or career aims suggest that an alternative subject area or course level would be more appropriate for you at this stage, we will contact you either by telephone, email or text. If you have told us that you have some additional support needs we will contact you to find out more so that we can help you.