Music L3 Extended Diploma

SC111Strode College, Church Road, Street, Somerset, BA16 0ABYear 1 of 2 Years03 Sep 14Fee: 100% discount if eligible Subsidised Fee: 1910 Course Fee (24+ Loan available): 7395

Course code: DT3MP

What will you do on this course?

There is a broad creative music industry in this nation which is a very successful export. On this two year course, students will develop knowledge and techniques as well as be encouraged in the entrepreneurial spirit which underscores the brilliant industry in this country. Students do well, whether they seek academic or vocational music degrees following this course or if they continue as self employed musicians.

Different aspects are covered: musical and performing techniques, media and promotional skills, events management and administration, songwriting and composition. Students are encouraged to develop acts and recorded work which is shaped for an audience. They are 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 that we cover in order to reach our goals.

As well as performing regularly in Strode Theatre and around the college campus, students are encouraged to play around the Somerset area. This culminates in a major project in the second year which is modelled upon planning a mini tour to promote the acts and their recordings. This is a real launch pad into the skills needed in the thriving music industry in this country.

The popular music course at Strode interfaces well with the music technology course and the media course, helping to shape and produce recorded products and marketing the acts through video and podcasts.


Course assessment

The course is 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.

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Special features

  • Recording Studios incorporating digital and analogue recording technology.
  • Theatre and campus rehearsal and performance venues.
  • Subsidised instrumental/vocal tuition.
  • Music Technology Suite with AppleMac computer workstations.


Next step

Degree or Higher National Diploma courses.


Student destinations

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 at pass, merit or distinction plus a GCSE A* - C. Music and English 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.


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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