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Level: 3

Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Years: 1

24+ Loan Amount: 4670.00****

Interview: Y

Course Summary

The Advanced Music Performance: Creative Pathway has been specifically designed for students wishing to study a single creative subject plus work experience, tutorial and personal and professional development.

This qualification is designed for learners aged 16 years or over who have already achieved GCSE grade 4 [C] in English Language and want to continue to study music through applied learning to progress to higher education or professional vocational training.

The pathway provides a minimum of 540 GLH and attracts the following UCAS tariff points [dependent on the length of study, qualification components and grades achieved]:

  • One-year full-time - between 24 -84 new UCAS tariff points
  • Two-year full-time - between 48 -168 new UCAS tariff points 

This course aims to provide a broad skills base for progression to the Extended Diploma in Music.  The main focus is music performance, underpinned by associated theoretical and technical skills, alongside professional development in relation to the music industry.

If you do not have GCSE Maths at grade 4 [A*-C], you will continue to study the subject.  This will support your main programme of study, help your future progression and enhance your life skills.

Entry requirements

Typically, you will have at least four GCSEs graded A*- C, including English Language grade 4 [C] or above, and a Performing Arts based qualification. Alternatively you may have a relevant intermediate qualification at Merit grade or above, along with GCSE grade 4/grade C English Language.

Importantly a university application will probably require both English Language and Maths GCSE at grade 4/grade C or above.

You must also be able to play an instrument or sing to grade 4 standard, and you will need to attend an audition where your practical skills and music theory knowledge will be assessed.

Course Content

Units studied will include:

  • Music Performance Techniques
  • The Sound and Music Industry
  • Arranging Music
  • Aural Perception Skills
  • Music and Society
  • Music Performance Session Styles
  • Music Theory and Harmony
  • Sequencing Systems and Techniques
  • The Functional Music Keyboard
  • Maths (if necessary)

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is 100% through coursework with practical and theoretical-based assignments.

Learners studying maths will be assessed through a controlled assessment or final exam.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will need to have your own pair of headphones and a USB memory stick.  You will also need to have your own instrument where applicable.

What can I do after this course?

Upon successful completion of this course, learners can progress to the Extended Diploma in Music or equivalent level qualification.


This course is run at the Joseph Wright Centre

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Jacob Holmes

Jacob Holmes

Set to make some noise in the music industry

Music Technology learner Jacob Holmes chose his course after meeting Derby College tutors at an information evening. He says they were so passionate and enthusiastic about their subject, he was immediately inspired to enrol.

The decision turned out to be a sound one. He is now preparing for higher education at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, with a view to a career in the live sound and theatre industry.

Jacob has also won applause for his exceptional commitment to his studies. Keen to develop his skills and understanding, he undertook sound and lighting operations at extra-curricular gigs and performances – both in-house and at external venues – and proved to be an essential part of any technical team.

His dedication earned him the Media, Music and Performing Arts prize, sponsored by the Derby Telegraph, at our 2014 Peak Awards.

The tutors at Derby College are so helpful. They really care about the learners and their progress, which pushes you to work harder.
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