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Music Creation and Performance

Course Code: MUS2

Level: 3
Subject area: Music
Awarding body: UAL
Qualification: Diploma
Course type: Full-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: One - two years

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About the course

Do you want to be a pop star, rock musician, classical performer or lead guitarist? This Rockschool Diploma at City College Plymouth is a level 3 music creation and performance course that is equivalent to A Levels. The course programme is designed for those wishing to take their instrumental or vocal skills to the next level. If you are interested in playing in a band, composing, arranging or producing or if your interest is in promotion, management or music distribution – then this study programme is for you. We aim to provide you with the flexibility and skills needed for success in the music industry. Many of our students go on to university to specialise in performance, composition or music technology.

What you'll learn

You will have the opportunity to develop your instrumental or vocal skills in practical sessions led by our industry-experienced pro musicians. Performances are key to this course and you will be given many opportunities to play at a range of local music venues and festivals in front of real audiences. During the course you will gain knowledge and expertise in subjects such as:

  • performance – session styles, techniques, improvising, ensemble work, event organisation
  • composing, arranging and songwriting
  • listening skills, theory and harmony
  • Pro-Tools for recording, sampling, sequencing and composing
  • music in society and world music.

Your individualised study programme will be made up of the following four areas:

  • the qualification you are studying
  • English and maths
  • work experience
  • other activities to develop your personal skills e.g. preparing you for employment, training or higher/further education.
Entry requirements

Four to five GCSEs at grades 9-4 (A*-C) (including English and maths), although relevant experience will also be considered if you do not have these qualifications. You will also need to complete an audition.


Assessment includes practical and written work, recordings, notation, sight reading, presentations, research, participation in discussions, tests, interviews and portfolios. Functional skills, or GCSE English/maths will also be assessed if appropriate.

What's next?

On successful completion you may progress to:

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2020/21 (August 2020 – July 2021). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2021/22.

If you are aged 16-18, due to Government funding, tuition fees may not be applicable for your course. (Please note: this does not apply to Foundation Degrees or Access to Higher Education courses, and other courses not eligible for public funding.)


Course Code: MUS2

Course Fees

A Full Course Fee: £4500

B Reduced Course Fee (for those in receipt of qualifying benefits): Not applicable to this course

C Ancillary course costs (ie books and equipment): Not applicable to this course

D Advanced Learner Loan Fee: £4500

How old are you? How much will you pay?
16 - 18 This course is free for this age group
19 - 23 A   or   D(Note: If you do not have a level 3 qualification, this course may be free).
24+ A  or   D

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.