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Course Code: MUSFT & MUSPT

Level: 3
Subject area: Access to HE
Awarding body: CAVA
Qualification: Diploma
Course type: Full-time, Part-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: One Year
When you'll study: Mondays, 1.00pm - 4.15pm, Wednesdays, 1.00pm - 4.15pm, Fridays, 9.00am - 4.15pm

About the course

Access to Higher Education courses are designed for students aged 19 or over. If you are aged 18 or under, this course may not be suitable for you. Please contact us on or 01752 305300 if you would like any help discussing alternative options.

Are you looking for a career change? All of our CAVA Access to HE programmes are suited to students who left school to follow one career path, only to find later in life that you want to retrain, or study a university course.

The Access to HE Diploma in Music is a full level 3 qualification, which covers a range of disciplines. 

We strongly recommend that you talk to our friendly careers advisors about your aspirations before you start the course, so that we can help ensure the units you study are the right ones for your intended career and university course after completing the Access to HE diploma.

What you'll learn

The course includes the following units:

  • live music production
  • performing
  • devising and rehearsal
  • academic studies
  • music industry
  • session musician
  • recording and devising using music software
  • composing and arranging
  • music analysis
  • language of music
  • ensemble work.
Entry requirements

The entry requirements for this Access to HE courses are level 2 qualifications in maths and English. This may be a GCSE grade C (4/5) in the subjects or functional skills qualifications.

To succeed on this course you need to be committed towards your study and focused upon your career choice. 

This route is designed for adult students (19+). Funding is not available for those aged 18 and under, and we would recommend that alternative vocational qualifications and A Levels are considered, which support progression onto further or higher education and employment.

If you do not currently hold a level 1 qualification in numeracy and level 2 in English, then you are invited to undertake a skills test as part of our interview process. Achieving the required level on our skills test is sufficient to meet our entry requirements for Access to HE, however, you are strongly advised to seek further advice from your chosen university regarding completing GCSEs as part of your application.

Your offer for entry onto our Access course will be conditional to a number of factors, which may include achievement of level 2 in literacy and level 1 in numeracy, satisfactory performance at interview (where applicable), evidence of recent study, evidence of relevant work experience and specific criteria for international students.

Entry Requirements for International Students

The College welcomes applications from international students, however you are strongly recommended to clarify with your chosen university your responsibilities as an international student. You may be required to complete an IELTS or CEFR recognised equivalent test score exam prior to interview or record IELTS 5.5 on your application. There may also be funding implications relating to your international student status. Please ensure that you are clear of university entry requirements for international students.


You will learn a range of subjects, which are broken down into units; each unit is assigned a credit value. Successful completion of a unit will be awarded with a number of credits, graded at pass, merit or distinction, depending on the standard of your work. You will continue to ‘collect’ credits throughout the course. The units are assessed by coursework, assignments, projects and exams.

What's next?

After completing this one year course you could progress to university. If you previously went straight into a job after leaving school, or you have taken stock and want a new career direction, this Access course offers the chance to study alongside other mature students, tutored by experienced, motivational and supportive lecturers. You may be required to study GCSEs in English, maths or science depending on your career and university aspirations (you can check this with the university).

Please note the College course title is a suggested progression route, you must check with your preferred higher education institution (university) to ensure that this Access course meets their entry requirements. Every effort is made to ensure that the units and credits offered are sufficient for progression routes onto higher education courses, however, specific courses at specific universities may have their own unique admission requirements. Once you have enrolled onto a specific Access course, it is not possible to amend units, so please ensure the course you have selected is appropriate to your chosen progression route.

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.)

Although we’re not yet able to confirm the start date for this course, applications are now welcome, just complete and return an application form.

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