Music Practice Level 3 Dip

Awarding body: Edexcel
Qualification: Diploma
Course Level: Level 3
Location: The Hub
Duration: 1 year full-time
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Course Description

This course provides an introduction to the practical skills and theoretical knowledge required to work in the music industry. Although a wide range of music is explored, there is particular emphasis on popular music (rock, pop, R & B, dance/techno etc). You will also learn performance and rehearsal techniques in preparation for at least 5 performances during the course.

Course Structure

The course is made up of practical and theory projects and workshops giving learners the opportunity to expand their horizons within the field of Music. Assignments on the course vary in timescale and type depending on the nature of the project.


The Level 3 Diploma in MusicPractice is a 9 unit qualification (achieved in year one only).

Course Assessment

Functional skills are embedded throughout the course, you may be required to take an exam and/or complete a portfolio to achieve these.  The course is assessed continuously with critiques at the end of each project.

Entry Requirements

  • 5 GCSEs grades A*-C
  • or First Diploma in Music Level 2 at Merit  
  • All applicants must complete an initial assessment in Maths and English and attend an interview
  • All students should be prepared to answer questions about their musical interests and experiences at interview. Copies of previous musical works would also be advantageous.


For equivalent qualifications see the Entry Requirements Explained page

Course Progression Routes

Previous L3 Diploma students have gone on to study HE at various Universities. The most popular is BA (Hons) Creative Music Technology based at High Melton.

Course Career Prospects

Opportunities exist to enter the Creative Industries at a Junior Level  but further study would be recommended to achieve employment in many job roles including studio engineer, producer and live sound engineer.


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Activities such as trips and visits will be arranged, which are beneficial to this course and your learning. These activities are optional and additional fees will be charged to you. Details will be provided at the time of interview.

Course Costs

There are no course fees if you are under 19 years old. However, you may have to pay for textbooks, personal kits, uniforms, trips and personal stationery. You will be informed of these at your interview.

Specific Course Information Contact

Kim Cheetham, Academic Administrator on 01302 553934 / kim.cheetham@don.ac.uk

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