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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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Financial support

The applicable fees for this course, including any available discounts, will be listed in the information above.

How to apply

Once you have created an account, you can easily apply to your chosen course and track the status of your application at any time.


Step 1

Set Up Your Account

You’ll be prompted to create an account which will allow you to log in to our Application Tracker website whenever you wish. This will provide you with important information and you can also track the progress of your application.

Step 2


Complete each step of the application form and then submit your completed form. We’ll let you know when we’ve safely received it with an acknowledgement email.

Step 3

Application Review Meeting

Before offering you a place at college, we’ll meet with you (either in person, by telephone or online). We’ll send you a link to our booking page where you can select a time that’s convenient for you.

Step 4

Accept Your Place

Offers will be sent to you via the email address you have provided. The offer will be conditional, based on predicted GCSE grades. You’ll need to accept your offer within 14 days to secure your place.

Step 5

What next?

Once you receive your GCSE results, you’ll need to get in touch with the college to inform us of them and start your enrolment process.


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