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Music Level 3

Course Overview

This level 3 music course is for you if you are a competent singer and/or instrumentalist, with an interest in performing, sessioning, recording and writing popular music. You will have the opportunity to gain the practical skills for a career in the music industry. The course is aimed at training professional musicians.

Pathways include music performance and music technology. Music performance focuses on bands and solo artists whereas music technology is aimed at dj’s/ electronic dance producers.


What topics are covered?



As part of the course, you will hone your performance skills by playing in different bands and ensembles, and practicing and performing different styles and genres every single week. These will be videoed and uploaded to the Bath College Music Department YouTube channel for assessment.  Each term you will perform to industry representatives and professionals including A&R representatives, venue owners and professional musicians, who will provide industry critique and feedback. You will also perform in venues in and around the Bath area including Moles and Chapel Arts Centre.  Along with this we run a yearly showcase on the main stage at the O2 Academy in Bristol.  In the second year you will also take part in a four day European tour involving gigs in Belgium, Germany and Holland.


Recording/Live Sound:


During your studies you will learn how to record yourself to a professional standard. This will include using our state of the art recording studios, weekly recording sessions using DAW’s such as Logic and Ableton, sequencing sessions where you learn to mix and master your music and live recording projects at Bath College Music events.  You will also practice the setting up and usage of live sound systems at Bath College events.  Over the two years you will have the opportunity to participate in three days recording time at Realworld Studio in Box.  This internationally renowned studio has produced artists such as Muse, Elbow, Beyonce and Robert Plant.


Industry Engagement:


Over the two years you will learn to actively engage within the industry.  You will receive tailored lectures from industry bodies such as the PRS and Musicians Union.  You will learn how to organise your own events and generate contacts.  You will discuss areas such as contracts and royalties and how to market and represent yourself. This culminates in your final major project whereby you will organise your own live music event.


Artist Development and Repertoire:


Your success in the music industry will depend massively on the strength of your portfolio.  During the first year you will have lessons on composing and arranging original music.  You will also compose music in many genres within your bands.  You will receive tuition on how to generate ideas, develop and arrange these ideas and turn them into full pieces of music.  In the second year you will study songwriting and music and sound for film, to create an industry standard portfolio of songs and extended pieces.  You will also train your ear to be able to develop your relative pitch so you can recognise chords and melodies.


As a full-time student at Bath College, you will follow a study programme consisting of a vocational diploma, maths and English, employability skills, volunteering and tutorial. Please visit our Study Programmes page for details.

Who is the course aimed at?

This course is most suited for people aged 16-18 and may also meet the needs of mature students up to 25 years.

What are the entry requirements?

The minimum entry requirement for this course is four GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including English language or BTEC/UAL Level 2 Diploma in Music at Merit level (with at least a Merit in all core units) or equivalent, plus a successful interview and audition. Candidates will be asked to respond to a set brief and bring this work with them to the interview.


Only applicants who can demonstrate talent and commitment to their subject and who prove they are capable of collaborating and communicating effectively will be offered places.  You must be a competent singer and/or instrumentalist, with an interest in performing, recording and writing popular music.

What qualifications will I gain?

UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music Performance and Production.

Who is the awarding body?

University of the Arts London.

How will I learn?

Your coursework will develop through collaboration, communication, performance, recording and peer and industry feedback.


You will need to successfully complete year one with at least a merit which will result in you being offered a place on the second year of the programme and achievement of the extended diploma.

How will I be assessed?

There will be continuous assessment of coursework.

What can I do after this course?

Go on to pursue a career in the music industry as a performer or producer in a range of areas.


Progress on to the Level 4 HNC Music Performance and Artist Development course at Bath College or other undergraduate courses in music at a university. Below is a list of recent examples of degree courses and universities which students from this course have progressed onto:


Academy of Contemporary Music Music Performance – Drums (Music Industry Practice)
Academy of Contemporary Music Music and Creative Artistry (Music Industry Practice)
Bath College Music Performance HNC
Bath Spa University Commercial Music
Bath Spa University Music Production and Artist Development
BIMM Professional Musicianship
BIMM Music Industry Management
BIMM Professional Musicianship
BIMM Music Production
BIMM Music Event Management
BIMM Songwriting
Buckinghamshire New University Music and Live Events Management
University of Hertfordshire Music Industry Management
University of West London Music Performance and Recording


Are there any additional costs?

A company membership fee of £250 will be required as a contribution towards the cost of production resources and trips.  If you are an instrumentalist, you will need to provide your own drum sticks, plectrums, strings, etc.  Singers will need to supply their own microphones.

What funding is available?

If you are aged 19 or over you may be eligible to apply for a 19+ Advanced Learning Loan to cover your tuition fees.

For other funding information, please refer to our Funding page.

What facilities are available?

Bath College has two industry standard recording studios along with rehearsal rooms that contain full PA systems and backline.  There are also 4 purpose built classrooms with workstations including industry standard DAW’s, midi keyboards and audio interfaces.

What organisations does the College work with on this course?

The college work closely with Bath Festivals and Party in the City to organise events throughout the year in Bath.  We also have a close relationships with Moles, Chapel Arts Centre, The O2 Academy, Bristol and Real World Studios in Box.

Which department is this course in?

Business, Music, Media & Performing Arts

What else do I need to know?

Please visit the Bath College Music Department online content:

Where can I find out more information?

For advice or more details please telephone 01225 312191 or email info@bathcollege.ac.uk. You may also visit our Student Advice Centre.

If you have a learning difficulty or disability, please contact Additional Learning Support to arrange additional help.

How do I apply?

Online: Click the "Apply" button and fill out an online application form.

By post: download the Full-Time Application Form and send to Student Advice Centre, Bath College, Avon Street, Bath BA1 1UP.

In person: Visit the Student Advice Centre in either of our campuses

To find out more about the application process, please go to the How to Apply page.

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