Music L3 Extended Diploma

Course code: DT3MP

Learn how to produce, refine and conceptualise your music to take it to a wider audience.

Discover how to turn your instrumental techniques into the skills needed in session, recording and performance situations. Gain the knowledge to refine, market and sell your music. Learn about where the music we listen comes from and where it sits in the context of our culture. Gain a qualification worth 3 A levels that has transferable skills in many areas of Media, Music Industry, Business and Management.

What will you do on this course?

We at Strode aim to provide excellent facilities and maintain access for all music students, who are able to freely book rehearsal rooms and studios outside of lesson time using our on-line booking system:

On this two year course, you will develop your knowledge and techniques and be encouraged in the entrepreneurial spirit which underscores our broad, creative and successful music industry.

Different aspects of music and the music industry are covered including: musical and performing techniques, media and promotional skills, events management and administration, songwriting and composition. You will be encouraged to develop acts and record work for an audience and you will be taught how to put this into the market place and plan a portfolio career. Session player skills, building an ensemble, music production techniques, theory and aural skills are just a few of the units you will cover.

As well as performing regularly in Strode Theatre and around college, you will be encouraged to perform at venues in Somerset. This culminates in a major project in the second year which is modelled upon planning a mini tour to promote your acts and recordings. This is a real launch pad into the skills needed in the thriving music industry in this country.

This course complements our Music Technology and Media courses; there may be opportunities to work with these students to shape and produce recorded products and market acts through video and podcasts.

Students are taught the elements of producing and selling their own recordings and a compilation album is made available through itunes and every other digital outlet each year.

Special features

  • We have two studios featuring control rooms and vocal booths; two individual practice rooms; one electronic band rehearsal room; two live rooms.
  • A Music Technology Suite with AppleMac computer workstations and rehearsal studios.
  • You will have opportunities to perform in Strode Theatre and other performance venues. Subsidised instrumental and vocal tuition.

How is the course assessed?

You will be continually assessed. Each unit is covered by a number of assignments that clearly outline in writing what you have to do and the way in which you will be assessed. Some assignments will be practical, whilst others may be written. Pearson Exam Board.

University and career progression

Students do well, whether they seek academic or vocational music degrees or HNDs or if they continue as self employed musicians. Former students have obtained honours degree places in music related subjects at the universities of Chichester, Glamorgan, Guildford and Dartington.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs grades A* - C or equivalent, such as Level 2 Diploma plus a GCSE A* - C. Music and English Language GCSE grade C or above is recommended but not essential. It is expected that you will have vocal or instrumental skills at a suitable level. You may be asked at interview to perform an audition (prior notice will be given).

Recommended resources

Headphones, USB storage device and your own instrument.


Zelah Van-GowlerStudent Profile: Zelah Van-Gowler

“I enjoy my course because it covers such a range of topics; from studio work, to the business side of the music industry, songwriting and events management. My favourite element is performance and songwriting as I am a singer-songwriter. Strode is friendly and the staff are really helpful. It’s great meeting other people who are interested in the same things; we’ve even formed our own college band.”

Zelah, formerly at Crispin School, studied the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music and is studying Commercial Music at Bath Spa University.


Yazie MacNeilStudent Profile: Yazie MacNeil

"Strode has been a great experience. This music course has really opened up a lot of opportunities for me, such as performing at the Eden Project and organising an Oxfam fundraising event. I've learnt a lot on this course, like how to use a music studio, the logistics behind organising events, performance skills, as well as strengthening my song writing abilities.

Everyone here is really friendly and the teachers are really encouraging. I think Strode is a great place for anyone to study."

Yazie, a former home educated pupil, studied the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music and she is now studying Events Management at The Brighton Institute of Modern Music.


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