Popular Music and Music Production (Perforamnce and Production)

Popular Music and Music Production (Perforamnce and Production)

Vocational Level 3 Extended Diploma
Full-time, Sixth Form Study Programme
Examining Board: Edexcel

About the course

This course is designed for students with a genuine interest in working in the music industry, either as a performer, or a producer, or in fact any aspect of the industry. You will be playing in various venues across the South West, recording your music in our state of the art recording studios, and learning about earning a living in the industry from session musicians, band managers and experts like Jim Fox, who runs the John Peel Stage at Glastonbury.

A range of skills will be developed on the course including performance skills, musicality, research, communication, time management, creativity, practical production skills, editing and in writing assignments.

You will need a high level of musicianship and an enthusiasm to get involved with all aspects of the profession of music.

There are 5 mandatory units which include:

  • Music and society - How music relates to and interacts with society.
  • Music project -Covers how to put on a successful live performance.
  • The Sound and Music Industry
  • Sound Creation and Manipulation
  • Music Production Techniques.

There are an additional 13 optional units.

The Level 3 Extended Diploma is a full time, two year course equivalent to 3 A Levels. You can choose to study an additional A Level in another subject if you wish.

This course has been very good for me to experiment with the way I write songs, and has taught me valuable skills when mixing tracks with my band."

Peter Manders, Popular Music and Music Production student

Students working at Glastonbury

The course was suggested to me by one of my teachers and I'm very glad they did as it is my favourite subject. I also believe it is the subject that I have learnt most in as I have been able to transform my own songs into something I thought I never could. It has improved my confidence in myself and my work. Due to taking this course, I have achieved things I didn't think I'd ever be able to do and am looking forward to progressing even more next year and maybe even pursue after college!"

Grace Lilley, Popular Music and Music Production student

The course at Huish has massively improved me as a sound engineer. We learnt all the methods and techniques, as you would in the A Level course, however due to the course being vocational, it gave me the chance to actually put the skills and techniques into practise on a regular basis, ultimately leading to me being able to craft my own sound and improve the quality of my coursework and mixes.

Sam Midgley

Find out how to apply for Vocational Music and Music Technology.

To do this course you need the following:

  • Standard college entry requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, including Maths and English Language
  • Ability to play an instrument well

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College facilities

Aspen Centre for Music

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Case study

Music A Level - Annie Tiso

Music A Level - Annie Tiso

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