Music and Music Production

UAL L3 Extended Diploma in Music Performance & Production (Music Performance Pathway)

This qualification is for learners who want to develop their skills and extend their knowledge in music performance or production.

Reference: 61020020
Duration: 1 year
Course Dates: September 2022 - July 2023
Type: Full Time
Tutor: Anna Atkinson

Course Content

This course is designed for students who wish to broaden their skills and knowledge in popular music performance, composition and context. It is project lead and collaborates with the Music Production, Media and Performing Arts courses to provide students with an exciting, industry learning experience.

You will experience the excitement of playing in a band as well as developing your solo performance skills, learning to adapt your playing/singing style for a variety of musical genres, experiencing popular music from the 1960s to present day.

Activities include:

  • Song writing skills and composition
  • Developing the skills of a session musician (with our musical director) by performing in the pit band of our annual musical, in collaboration with the performing arts students.
  • Recording your own music album of either original or cover material with a production student.
  • Performing for our acoustic nights with the potential of paid gigs!
  • Learning about branding and designing your own marketing material (posters, CD sleeves, merchandise) with our in-house artist
  • Planning an album launch and experiencing the roles required to organise an event, such as; event manager, venue liaison, finances, health & safety, marketing & promotion, logistics, live sound, visuals, front of house, ticket sales.
  • Meeting etiquette - chairperson and taking minutes of meetings.
  • Support with UCAS applications

The Campus has some excellent facilities for music performance and production including a professional recording studio, post-production suite, music lab and music rehearsal rooms, all equipped with industry standard hardware and software.

Method of Study

You will learn through a variety of methods including lectures, band rehearsals and work experience.

Method of Assessment

Assessment includes a range of methods and styles suited to the expectations of a musician such as:

  • Digital portfolio – creating on online presence through the development of your own website, SoundCloud & YouTube account, to display your knowledge and showcase your creativity.
  • Written documents – essays, journalistic reviews, test papers, reports & case studies
  • Reflective diaries of your band rehearsal process – helping you understand how to make a group rehearsal more productive and ensure you continue to improve by setting targets.
  • Gigs (lots of them!) – developing your technical musical ability and stage presence in our theatre and local music venues and bars.

This style of assessment draws on the learning throughout the qualification and assessments are graded using a scale of pass, merit and distinction criteria.

Entry Requirements
  • 5 GCSEs, at Grade 4/C and above including Maths and English and preferably music however, this is not essential.
  • Level 2 Music at a Merit grade
  • Pass an audition – demonstrating your instrumental/vocal skills.

What Can I Do Next?

This qualification is accepted by most Higher Education Institutions and carries the maximum of 168 UCAS points should you wish to apply for undergraduate courses.

For an insight into the work of our students visit our social media pages;

Music Pages:

Youtube: Carlisle College of the Arts L3 Music
Facebook: CarlisleCollegeMusicandMusicTech
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