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Music Performance and Production - Level 3 Triple Diploma


The Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma in Music Performance and Production has been designed for aspiring musicians who have an interest in performance and production who wish to explore their passion via a full-time, immersive learning experience. You'll get the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to access and progress to degree level study or employment in the music industry.

Students can look forward to taught sessions, workshops, independent study, online learning and work experience, developing a wide range of skills in music performance and production while exploring the music business, music theory, songwriting and recording.

This course supports the development of your individual creative portfolio and provides the opportunity to develop your music for commercial release.  

Next course dates

Start date Location Duration
02 Sep 2024
University Centre
2 Years

Where can this subject lead?

Career progression

On successfully completing this course you can progress to higher education to study in a wide range of subjects, including music production, composing, popular music and recording, music performance, music industry management and live sound.

Career options are varied and include working as a live sound engineer, recording studio engineer, music producer, artist manager, session musician, recording artist, composer for film, TV and video games, musical arranger or performer.

Students have progressed on to a variety of higher education providers including Salford University, SSR, BIMM, UCLAN, Futureworks, Edge Hill University and Liverpool John Moores University.

Key information

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs grade 4 or above in English and Maths

  • A successful interview with a tutor
  • The ability to study independently
  • A genuine interest in the subject
  • Good communication skills
  • Hardworking approach towards the industry

Essential Skills – English and Maths

If you achieve a grade 3 in GCSE Maths or English you will have to work towards re-sitting these subjects as part of your main study programme. At B&FC, this won’t delay your career journey because you’re working towards these subjects at the same time as your chosen subject.

Qualification obtained

Extended Diploma in Music Performance and Production

Extra costs and equipment

You will need to bring your first instrument if you play guitar, bass or other easily portable instrument.

Drummers should bring their own drumsticks. Keyboards and pianos are provided for use at college. You’ll need a USB3 portable hard drive to store your musical data from recording production and song writing sessions. 

Optional one-day field trips cost between £10 and £25.

Tuition Fees

Read our tuition fees guide.

Regulation and Accreditation

Accrediting Institution: N/A

Awarding Body: UAL

Regulatory Body: Ofsted

Terms and Conditions

Read our full terms and conditions.

Regulation and Accreditation

Accrediting Institution: N/A

Awarding Body: UAL

Regulatory Body: Ofsted

What will I learn?

Industry placement, field trips and guest speakers

There is no formal placement assessment but you must complete a minimum of 20 hours' work experience in a related studio/performance venue or digital recording space.

Field trips to local places of interest are used to embrace learning outside the classroom. Trips are optional and funded by students.

How will I be assessed?

How will I be assessed?

This course is marked wholly on coursework – there are no exams.

Coursework includes your participation in a range of music projects which includes gigs, live performances and recording projects where you will have an opportunity to release your music through B&FC’s record label.

The course is made up of 15 units that students must successfully complete. All units relate to the music performance and production sector, all are delivered through vocational learning.

The units focus on the underpinning skills, knowledge and understanding that support all music performance and production activity. Students are assessed via projects and a final major project taking place at the end of the course.

This large project allows students to demonstrate all the learning that has taken place through completion of the other units.

Assessment methods include essays, reports, presentations, filmed rehearsals and practical recording sessions and performances.  

There is no formal assessment through work experience but you will conclude a minimum of 20 hours’ work experience.