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About the course

This course is suitable for learners who are serious about following a career in the music industry. It covers a wide variety of skills used in live performance and composition as well as contextual studies of popular music and music theory. Learners will be taught by experienced tutors and will be given the opportunity to develop their own compositions both individually and within a band. They will develop their skills on an instrument throughout the course both theoretically and practically. There are many opportunities for live performances throughout the course as well as workshops, recording sessions and visits. The course encourages a wider understanding and appreciation of different styles of music and how these enhance the employability of a musician/composer. Students will learn about the music industry, how to deliver community music projects and how to effectively plan and market music events. Learners are expected to be versatile on at least one instrument/vocals and be actively involved in music whether this is in composition or performing. Learners will need to audition for this course and show that they have a good understanding of music theory before the course starts; these will form conditions upon which a place will be offered.

Entry requirements

At least five GCSE's Grade C (4) or above, including Maths and English at Grade C (4); or a suitable level 2 Diploma merit grade or above in a related programme. GCSE music is desirable, but not a necessity. Learners will be invited to an audition workshop, where they will be expected to demonstrate good musical skills on their chosen instrument(s) and complete a written task. We will also interview each student to ensure the course is suitable for their long term ambitions.


Conservatoire EAST offer a wide menu of Level 3 Diplomas. We will work with all learners in their first six weeks at College to place them on the appropriate Diploma programme that best meets their individual needs and best ensures their success. Learners will complete this course with a UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music Performance and Production (equivalent to 3 A-levels at A*)

What you'll learn (core modules)

Students will attend College for a minimum of three days a week. They will be expected to work for an additional fifteen hours per week at home completing assignments, revising, researching, practising and preparing for lessons. Learners will have many opportunities for solo and group performances and studio experience throughout the course, including paid work.


Sessions you will study include:


  • Session musicianship
  • Live performance workshops
  • Music business for the modern world
  • Freelancing
  • Foley/found sounds workshop
  • Songwriting
  • Music and society
  • Composing for film/media
  • Community music
  • Music theory
  • Listening skills


Any student aged 16 to 19 who does not hold a GCSE A* to C (9 to 4 on the new grading structure) or equivalent qualifications in Maths and English by age 16 will need to continue to study these subjects in each academic year.

How will I be assessed?

Year one is graded as a Level 3 Diploma and year two as an Extended Diploma. 


Your final grade for year one will be PASS, MERIT or DISTINCTION.


For year two this will be PASS, HIGH PASS, MERIT, HIGH MERIT or DISTINCTION.


Throughout the course, you will be assessed in a variety of ways. There will be practical work including compositions, live performances and presentations but also some essays, log books and portfolios. We make our assignments industry focussed and relevant - we don't ask you to do anything which doesn't develop the necessary skills to be successful within the industry. These assessments are formative, whereby you have to pass them, but they don't contribute to your final grade, but help prepare you for your final project which is graded.


Your grade for year one and year two is based upon a large project of your choosing. You work on this at the end of each year, and so long as it fits within the boundaries of the qualification, this could anything from writing an EP or and album, to arranging a large show, to going on tour, to marketing and promoting yourself as a band/solo artist - the list is as big as your imagination will allow!



Where will the course take me?

Learners completing this course progress on to universities such as BIMM, ACM, Cardiff Conservatoire, Lincoln University, University of Brighton to name but a few. Learners also undertake freelance work as session musicians, independent artists or function bands as well as events management and compositional routes.

Will I need any materials or equipment?

Learners will be required to purchase headphones, ear protection, a memory stick/hard drive and stationery before the course starts. Learners should have a fully working instrument and factor in essential consumable equipment such as strings, sticks, tuners, skins etc.

Abstraction Festival
Abstraction Festival 1
Best of Bond show
Drum riser for Best of Bond show
Finale pyros for Best of Bond show
Lighting design
Live Mixing
Live at the Hunter Club
Live sound for Quadrophonic show
Now Thats What I Call 80s 90s Show 1
Now Thats What I Call 80s 90s show
Penultimate Show
Pyros at Songs from Silver Screen show
Shrubbery Recording Studio
Shrubbery Recording Studio 2
Shrubbery Recording Studio 3
Shrubbery Recording Studio Desk
Shrubbery Recording Studio Tape machine
Shrubbery Recording Studio outboard
Shrubbery Recording Studio patch bay and synths
Shrubbery Studio Live Room
Stage design for Live Lounge Jukebox
Stage setup for Girl Power show
Tech student on sound
The Live sound desk

Days & times

Starting September 2019
Tuesday 09:00 - 16:30
Thursday 09:00 - 16:30
Friday 09:00 - 16:30

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