16-18 Year Olds


This course provides an excellent and varied programme giving access to Higher Education or to a wide variety of Music careers. You will develop skills, knowledge and understanding in Music and Music Technology and Production and apply your learning in a practical and professional way. This course is for anyone who has a passion for Music and/or Music Technology and who enjoys learning in a practical and energetic environment.

If you enjoy group and solo work and want to improve your music performance, theory and technology knowledge as well as finding out more about the music industry, this is the course for you.

Entry Requirements

You will need to achieve;

• A minimum of 5 GCSEs Grade 4 and above – including English or maths.
• A Level 2 qualification (e.g. BTEC Level 2 Diploma) at Merit grade or above.( Including English or maths GCSE grade 4 or above)

Following your application to study this course you will be invited to attend an admissions interview with a member of the teaching team to discuss the course and its requirements further.


You will study a total of thirteen units throughout the two academic years for the UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma

Unit 1 Principles of music performance and production
Unit 2 Critical listening and music composition
Unit 3 Music industry and professional practice
Unit 4 Critical and contextual awareness for music performance and production
Unit 5 Music production in context
Unit 6 Music performance in context
Unit 7 Preparation for specialist study in music performance and production
Unit 8 Collaborative music performance project
Unit 9 Developing Music Performance and Production Skills
Unit 10 Exploration of specialist study in Music Performance and Production
Unit 11 Preparing for Progression in music performance and production
Unit 12 Project Proposal
Unit 13 Extended project in Music performance and production


UAL Extended Diploma in Music Performance and Production units are assessed through a portfolio of evidence, practical demonstration and assignment work. There are no external examinations. An overall grade of Pass, Merit or Distinction will be awarded on your final major project in your chosen specialist area.

GCSE and Functional Skills qualifications are assessed through external examination.

Awarding body

University of the Arts London (UAL)


On completion of this course:

• You may progress into Higher Education to undertake a Degree in Performing Arts or a Performing Arts related subject

• The UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma is also valued by employers and can lead to career opportunities in the Music industry such as a performer, sound recordist, DJ, or music marketing.

Additional information

Additional help and support is available to you should you require it and you can discuss this further at your admissions interview.

Further Information

For further information, advice and guidance call The Learner Experience Team on 01625 410062.

Duration and Times

Start date: 04/09/2023

End date: 28/06/2024

Time: 9:00am - 4:30pm

Days of week: TBA

Number of Weeks: 36

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