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RSL Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma for Music Practitioners

Course requirements 

Performance/ Composition Pathways: BTEC First Award (Pass) in Music or GCSE Music C or another appropriate qualification to be discussed with the Head of Music. Music Technology Pathway: No prior study of music technology is needed to take this course, however, some understanding of recording and live sound would be beneficial. It is expected that you will have a range of achievements at Level 2 in GCSEs or equivalent qualifications, but may not have studied music previously.

Music Business and Events Pathway: It is expected that you will have a range of achievements at Level 2 in GCSEs or equivalent qualifications, but may not have studied music previously. Level 2 qualifications in Media, Art, IT and Business would also be beneficial, but not essential.

Course description 

This course is worth the equivalent of one and a half A Levels and is taught over two years. It offers students the ability to gain skills and knowledge in the key music industry disciplines of performing, composing and songwriting, music technology and production, the music business and events management.

They offer the ability to gain skills and knowledge in key music industry disciplines and can be valuable to students of any age. If a student has an interest in performing, songwriting, music production or the business side of the industry these are the qualifications for them.

The course can be personalised to students’ strengths and specific areas of music they are passionate about or would like to follow in future. Students will follow one of four Specialist pathways, although are also free to choose a combination of units from any pathway. Students will follow one of four Specialist pathways:

PERFORMANCE

Learners will:

  • Perform effectively on their instrument/voice
  • Rehearse and display musicianship skills
  • Initiate and develop repertoire
  • Rehearse effectively and perform music live
  • Understand contextual issues relating to music style, audience and the music industry
  • Understand relevant aspects of music technology

TECHNOLOGY

Learners will demonstrate

  • Sound recording skills
  • Mixing and mastering skills
  • Sequencing and production skills
  • Live sound skills
  • Radio programming skills
  • Video production skills
  • Understanding of contextual issues relating to music technology

BUSINESS

Learners will demonstrate:

  • Sound business and financial skills
  • Marketing skills
  • Understanding of music contracts
  • Media communication skills
  • Freelance practice
  • Artist management and artist representation skills
  • Event management skills

COMPOSITION

Learners will:

  • Compose and arrange music
  • Initiate and develop repertoire
  • Develop musicianship skills through using a harmony instrument
  • Use computers and sequencing and recording software/hardware
  • Understand contextual issues relating to music style, audience and the music industry
Assessment 

100% Coursework. Students will complete one externally assessed core unit and one internally assessed core unit. All further optional units will be internally assessed. Grades available are Pass, Merit, Distinction and Distinction*, all of which offer UCAS points.

Progression 

You will become a more skilled and knowledgeable musician, a more astute entrepreneur or a highly capable producer. They allow learners to progress to Higher Education and into the Industry.

Students could progress to a wider range of specialist roles in performing, composing, recording, live sound, publishing, arts administration, teaching and music therapy. It will also provide transferable knowledge and skills that prepare learners for progression to university.