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About the course

This practical music performance and composition-based course is exclusively for Home Educated Students, who are 15 years old on 31 August.

The course is ideal for anyone who plays an instrument, produces music or has previously not had the opportunity to study these subjects but has an underlining desire to explore them in detail. The course provides as strong basis for developing confidence and core musical skills in order to progress on to one of our Level 3 courses.

Entry requirements

Open to Electively Home Educated students who are aged 15 on 31 August.

Completion of a Level 1 Electively Home Educated course. (Or Level 1 equivalent - individual cases will be discussed at interview)

We will invite you in for an interview, which will also require you bringing in a video of your performing/playing your instrument (details will be sent out once you apply). If you are offered a place on the course, will invite you in for a practical performance workshop later in the year.

We expect a minimum of 95% attendance and full engagement in every lesson and will regularly be reviewing your progress to ensure this is the right course for you.

If you do not hold a GCSE 9 to 4 in maths or English you will need to continue to study these subjects alongside the main course.


You will complete this course with a UAL Level 2 Diploma in Music Performance and Production (equivalent to 5 GCSEs 9 - 4) graded as pass, merit or distinction.

Completing the course with a merit overall, and 95% attendance we will provide you with opportunity to continue on to one of our Level 3 qualifications - Popular Music, Music Technology or Electronic Music Production. 

What you'll learn (core modules)

Your primary focus of this course is to develop your instrumental skills to be able to perform as a soloist and within a band. In addition, you will develop your composition skills using Logic Pro X, enhance your listening skills, understand music theory and events management and explore the wider music industry.

How will I be assessed?

Throughout the course, you will be assessed in a variety of ways. There will be practical work including compositions, live performances and presentations with the main focus on developing a portfolio of work using Google Classroom. 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, but we do expect full engagement. 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 final project may be anything from writing an EP, to a live performance or a compositional portfolio - it's an opportunity for you to play to your strengths and prepare you fully for Level 3.

Where will the course take me?

The course provides an excellent starting point for those wishing to go forward and study on the UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music Performance, Electronic Music Production or Music Technology courses. A number of students have progressed from our Level 2 course, through Level 3 , on to our degree and then in to employment.

Our ex-students tour the world as musicians, sound engineers and event managers. We have other students who work as professional composers for games, film and TV as well as artists in their own right. It isn't just a dream job, there are numerous opportunities out there. - the music industry is showing continued growth and is currently valued at £4.5bn.

I'm interested. What should I do now?

If you would like to find out more, please come along to one of our open events published on the college website or call 01284 716 354.

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