Music Extended Diploma Level 3

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    Full Time

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    Two Years

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    September 2024


If you are passionate about music and enjoy working in a creative, exciting environment, then this is the course for you. The music course is for musicians, performers and songwriters who want to take their music to the next level.

You will work within our fully equipped, dedicated music campus where you will develop personalised projects relating to performance and production. The course, delivered by our experienced lecturers, covers performing, recording, song writing, music business and theory to give an overview of the music industry and how to succeed as a musician or performer.

The emphasis of the course is on creating entrepreneurial musicians who have the skills, knowledge and experience to promote themselves and their music. This is achieved through practical application of knowledge in realistic industry environments such as projects, workshops and performances, and by enabling learners to create and promote a portfolio of their own work. You will be required to work on 'real world' projects, giving you the opportunity to perform to the public and submit songs to our record label.

This course will help learners gain the skills to progress into work or Higher Education and achieve their future goals.

What will I do?

You will study units covering skills relating to performance, production, event management and creative business.

Practical work, performances and portfolio building make up a large part of the music course.

Practical work – The application of your learning in a practical setting is an important part of the course. You will take part in the planning and organisation of events, workshops, presentations and projects. You will also have the opportunity to utilise the Sam Newsom Music Centre’s excellent studio facilities to create professional quality recordings.

Performances – Working on your performance skills and applying them at performances will make up a large part of the course. You will have the opportunity to play with many other musicians in a variety of venues and contexts and gain first-hand experience of performing. You will also have the opportunity to organise and run your own events.

Portfolio – Throughout the course you will build a professional portfolio which represents you and your work. This portfolio will be used to assess your work but, more than that, will give you a foundation on which you can promote yourself during and after your course is completed.

As well as performance and recording techniques, you will explore areas of music such as composition, improvisation, listening skills and music business and promotion.

You'll learn in our dedicated and specialist Sam Newsom Music Centre where Performance facilities include a large auditorium, six rehearsal rooms and three DJ studios. We also have music technology suites and recording studios which are all equipped with the latest VST instruments and samplers.

In addition to your course, you may also study either Functional Skills or GCSE English and Maths, dependent on your current GCSE grade.

The entry qualifications for the Level 3 Music Extended Diploma are five GCSEs at grade 4 or above (Old GCSE grade C or above) (or equivalent) or Merit or above at Diploma Level 2. When you attend your review, an audition to demonstrate musical ability will also be required., this can be instrumental, vocal, or DJing.

If you are unsure about meeting the entry requirements an alternative course would be the Music Practitioner Diploma Level 2 course.

The Music Extended Diploma will take you two years to complete. You will study at our Sam Newsom Music Centre in Boston for four days a week.

The Music Extended Diploma is free for those who are under 19 on 31 August of the year they start their course.

For those aged 19+, this course will cost: £7395.

If you are aged 19-23, fee remission may apply depending on personal circumstances, please enquire with the Registry Department for further information on 01205 365701.

Fees may vary depending on personal circumstances, please enquire for further information.

Please note that all fees are subject to change.

There are no examinations on this course, instead you will complete a series of projects which will be assessed and graded and these marks will add together to give you your final grade.

The vast majority of assessment is practical, written work is usually related to the work you have done and there is an emphasis on self-evaluation.

Successful completion of the course would allow you to progress to Higher Education to study any aspect of Music or Creative Business.

Boston College also offer these routes to Higher Education. Some learners also go on to work within the music industry following their course based upon contacts they have made while on the course.

Should you decide to enter the world of employment the Extended Diploma is equivalent to 3 A-levels grade A*-C.

Additional costs include approximately £50 per year. For equipment (approx. £20) and contributions towards enrichment such as trips (approx. £30).

There may be an opportunity to complete an Industry Placement alongside your main Level 3 course.

Industry placements give you the chance to put into practice what you have learned and you will have the opportunity to spend an average of 50 days working for an employer, in a role directly relevant to your course.

With an Industry Placement you will gain technical skills, be prepared for the world of work, and gain connections in order to secure a job after your course.

What will I gain?

  • Build your confidence, self-reliance and independence in the workplace.
  • Enhance the learning from your college course.
  • Develop your experience and expand your CV.
  • Give yourself a head start in knowing what type of job you may want to go into after finishing your course.
  • May lead to further opportunities such as paid employment or an apprenticeship on completion of your course.
  • Take a step forward professionally, knowing the behaviours expected in the workplace.

What will I do?

  • You will take part in an average of 50 days placement in a role that is directly relevant to your course, in an external organisation.
  • You will develop the practical and technical skills required for your profession/trade.
  • You will develop employability skills such as communication, teamwork and time management.

An existing part time job may qualify as an Industry Placement if it meets the criteria set by the College.

For more information regarding Industry Placements please contact the Enterprise Zone: or call 01205 365701 ext: 3226/3227

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