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Music Performance and Production

Course Code: FMU2

Level: 2
Subject area: Music
Awarding body: UAL
Qualification: Diploma
Course type: Full-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: One year

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About the course

This level 2 music production course is designed to suit you if you are looking for an introduction to music performance skills and knowledge. It provides the foundations of theory and practice within the industry, focusing on the development of the skills you will need to successfully work as a musician. This programme also helps you to develop the skills and knowledge required to progress to a level 3 music study programme. You will perform numerous gigs in the College, gradually working towards extending to other shows around the region and getting a taste for the world of live music.

What you'll learn

We aim to provide you with the flexibility and skills needed for success in the music industry. Many of our students go onto continue their music education on level 3 courses such as the Rockschool Extended Diploma and then on to higher education to specialise in popular music, performance and composition.
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 GCSEs at grades 3-1 (D-F) (including English and maths), although relevant experience will also be considered if you do not have these qualifications. You will need to have a willingness to engage and a genuine interest in the course that will enable you to progress into employment or further education. 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: FMU2

Course Fees

A Full Course Fee: Not applicable to this course

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: Not applicable to this course

How old are you? How much will you pay?
This course is free for this age group

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.