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?

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, 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 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 Production 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.

Special features

  • We have recording studios incorporating digital and analogue recording technology, 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?

Units are assessed by practical and written assignments that clearly outline what you have to do and how you will be assessed. Pearson Exam Board.

University and career progression

Our 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 degree places on music related courses including Bath Spa University, Commercial Music; Falmouth University, Popular Music; Contemporary Music at the Academy of Contemporary Music Surrey, Brighton Institute of Modern Music, Events Management. Others continue to perform professionally as part of the local and regional music scene or to provide private instrumental tuition.

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. 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.


Ellie KirkhamStudent Profile: Ellie Kirkham

"I’ve enjoyed everything we've studied on this course; I've gained so many skills and really broadened my knowledge. Strode is a great place to study - there’s lots going on for students and it has been a nice transition from school to college. I've had a great time.”

Former school: Stanchester Academy
Ellie studied the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music and she was Entertainments Officer for the Student Association. She is taking a gap year to work and gain practical experience before studying Popular Music at university.


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.


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