Where will this course lead?

The Level 3 Extended Diploma programme is a vocational course covering various aspects of music performance & production including: Music theory, composition, performing, the music industry, sound design, sound recording, sound engineering, the music industry and professional practice.  

The course is designed to provide you with the skills to meet the demands of a broad and diverse music industry, giving you the chance to push your strengths whilst developing your weaknesses in order to become a multi-talented musician. 

Delivered by experienced music professionals, you will be able to build upon your previous performance & production experience supporting your progression to university, specialist music colleges or employment. 

What will I study?

The course is made up of 13 units.  

8 units are completed for the Diploma in year 1 and 5 units for the Extended Diploma across year 2.  

You will have weekly classes in industry standard spaces, with access to creative software, studios, rehearsal spaces and live performance venues. The course is largely practical based, with submission of coursework designed to examine the Research, Production Planning and Evaluation and Reflections you have carried out for the completion of your units. 

Projects are designed to be fun, yet challenging. With each project examining new areas within the music industry. Broadening your skills & confidence and enabling you to reach your full potential. 

Project areas include: 

Ensemble and band performance 

Live Sound 

Sound for Film & Game 

Studio Recording 

Music Tech For Live 

Independent Projects within 1st & 2nd Year 


All students will be expected to work across all areas of music performance & production. However, towards the end of 1st year and within the 2nd Year you will be able to focus more specifically on your main area of interest. 

Here's a few quotes from previous students: 

"A very in-depth, fun and enjoyable course." 

"Great fun, brilliant memories." 

"Learnt so much, came on the course knowing least, came out knowing a lot more than I would have thought." 

"Great course, amazing lecturers, good times." 


How will this course be delivered?

The majority of the programme is delivered through practical sessions, tutorials, workshops and live events. You are also required to complete written work for these projects, which includes research, presentations, reflections and evaluations on your process, which demonstrates your understanding of the context, processes and subject matters being presented. 

What qualifications will I get?

Year 1 - UAL Level 3 Diploma in Music Performance and Production  
Year 2 - UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music Performance and Production  

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is continuous and is linked to your planning, preparation and production work as well as your portfolio. In year 1 there are 3 main projects and in year 2 there are 2. There are no exams on the course as you are continuously being assessed on both the practical outcome and portfolio work. Attendance and application in all areas is essential for successful completion.

How do I get a place on the course?

You will need to apply for the course either in College or on the College website. You will also need to attend a workshop day at the College where you will be required to present an audition piece reflecting your skills set to-date in either music performance or production, or both.   

You will also be expected to take part in a music performance & production workshop (Covid permitting). 

If you have any questions regarding this, then please feel free to get in touch with us at: Hello@stratford.ac.uk and a relevant lecturer will get back to you.

What are the entry requirements?

You will need to have at least one of the following: 
• 4 GCSEs at grade C / grade 4 or above, including English Language.   
• Level 2 qualification in a relevant vocational subject area and GCSE English Language at grade C / grade 4 or above. 

You are also required to attend an interview and audition.   

What else do I need to know?

The course is challenging, but fun, enjoyable and highly rewarding. All sessions are held within professional Music MAC Suite, rehearsal rooms and studios with access to the campus theatres venues for performances. 

What can I do after this course?

The course will enable you to progress on to a higher education course in Music at university or music college or into other industry occupations. One-to-one support is given to each student in the 2nd Year with regards to UCAS and employment applications to allow all students continue on their chosen journey.


Stratford-upon-Avon College

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Course Fee

N/A For 16 to 18 Year Olds

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Study Mode

Full Time

Sound Engineer

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What’s Involved?

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Audio-visual and Broadcasting Equipment Operators

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What’s Involved?

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Music Producer

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What’s Involved?

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What’s Involved?

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Music Performance Lecturer

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What’s Involved?

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Audio Engineer

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What’s Involved?

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Predicted Employment

How much can I earn?


Employment by Region

The career paths provided are to give you an idea of the careers that you could progress onto in the future. However, for some, you may need to complete higher level qualifications and gain experience before your dream job becomes a reality. The information provided is to support further research and to generate some initial career ideas when choosing a course. Please check entry requirements to degree courses, apprenticeships, and jobs as this may vary from year to year and across providers. For further advice and guidance, please contact: careers@solihull.ac.uk.