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Music Performance Diploma Level 3

Have you ever wanted to be on stage? Have you ever wanted to form a band and play high quality performances in and around Birmingham? Have you ever wanted to compose music and release it as part of a record label? The music industry is ready for you to come and be part of something exciting. The world of the performing musician is filled with excitement, dedication and creative energy and if you are the kind of person who puts music first, this is the course that you need to be doing.

Course Info

Level 3 - Advanced
Subject Area
Media, Music & Performance
Course Type
16-19 Full-Time
Matthew Boulton College
Next Start Date
Course Length
35 weeks

Entry Requirements

You will need 4 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, including English and maths. Alternatively you will need a level 2 Diploma in a related subject at a merit or distinction grade. You will also be asked to take a practical audition on your instrument of choice - guitar, drums or vocal (singing).

Delivery and Assessment

This programme of study is totally assessed by coursework. You will be assessed in a variety of ways including your contribution to: practical work, presentations, essays, journals, blogs, tutor interviews, group discussions, live performances, recorded performances, live corporate events, compositions and instrumental skills.


This course leads into a variety of higher education courses - degrees or HNDs where you can continue to study your chosen field. The college offers a HND in Music Technology that may interest you,. If you choose not to continue to study, this course will help you to gain employment in the following fields of employment: Sound Engineer, performing musician, session musician, music agency, record label management role, music producer, live sound technician etc.

Career Opportunities

  • Producers
  • Technicians
  • Music Arrangers
  • Editors
  • Sound Engineers
  • Stage Managers
  • Backing Vocalists