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Level: 2

Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

The Intermediate Level 2 Music Performance Pathway has been specifically designed for students aged 16 years or over wishing to study a single creative subject plus GCSE English and Maths [if required], work experience, tutorial and personal and professional development.

If you don’t already have a grade C [4] or above at GCSE in English and Maths, you’ll continue to study these elements which will form a significant part of your study programme.

If you are interested in exploring the potential of a career in music, this one-year course is an excellent introduction.  It is designed to give you a general overview of the skills needed to succeed in such a fast-paced industry.

To support your main programme of study, future progression and life skills, you will also develop your skills in maths and English.

Entry requirements

You will need at least four GCSEs at grade 3 [D] or above, along with a minimum grade 3 [D] in English Language or grade 3 [D] in Maths.

In addition, you will need to attend a full-day audition, where your practical skills will be assessed.

Course Content

Units studied may include:

  • The Music Industry
  • Managing a Music Product
  • Professional Skills in Music
  • Music and Production Analysis
  • Music Showcase
  • Researching a Music Topic
  • Introducing Music Composition
  • Introducing Music Sequencing
  • Music Composition
  • Music Promotion
  • Developing Modern Music Production Skills
  • English and Maths

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed both internally and externally throughout the year on musical projects, presentations and written essays.

Maths and English will be assessed through a controlled assessment or final exam.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will need a pair of headphones and a USB memory stick, along with your own instrument where applicable.

What can I do after this course?

Provided you pass each of the Diploma units at Merit or Distinction level, have a grade C GCSE in English Language, and demonstrate aptitude for this exciting subject, you can progress to the Advanced Level 3 course.


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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