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Level 3

Music Practitioners RSL Extended Certificate/Subsidiary Diploma


Equivalent to 1 A-level.

This vocational course equivalent to 1 A Level will equip learners with the professional skills to develop realistic employment opportunities in the music industry and/or to progress to higher education. Learners will develop skills in: • Rehearsing and performing effectively on their instrument / voice. • Developing musicianship skills and repertoire. • Exploring contextual issues relating to music style, audience and the music industry. • Understanding and using music technology. The qualification is built upon a system of units through which learners accumulate credits. The core units are Improving Instrumental Performance, Rehearsal Skills and Live Performance, and Planning for a Career in Music. Appropriate additional units will be chosen, relevant to the needs and interests of the learners to reach the required level of credits. These additional units can be chosen from the pathways of Performance, Technology, Composition and Business A range of teaching and learning styles is used during the course and a large proportion of the course is taught through practical performance activities. Formal lessons are combined with discussion, case studies, task- based learning, practical activities, student- led activities, video and ILT. Teaching resources and course material are available on the Academy of Performing Arts blog.


You need a minimum of five GCSEs at 9-4, including grade 4 in English Language or Maths. You must have good time management and independent study skills to be ready to meet the deadline demands of the course. You must have a keen interest in a wide range of Performing Arts and have a good range of performance skills.


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