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Music and Performance Level 3

Course code: PFWM106P

Subject area: Music Technology

Study level: School Leaver

Course level: 3

Course details

Course time:

09:00 - 17:00

Days of week:

Monday to Friday

Course date:

9th Sept 2024 - 4th Jul 2025

Course location:

Witney Campus

Contact details


01993 703 464

Equipped to industry-standard, our Music Technology Suite at Witney campus is the ideal place to take your skills to the next level. The teaching and technician team are highly-skilled professionals who encourage our students to develop both their technical and creative knowledge. If you want to work in the music industry as an artist, producer, sound engineer or manager, this is the place to hone your talent. This qualification has been designed for students who have an interest in music performance and/or music production who wish to explore and extend this interest via a full-time, immersive learning experience.
This course gives you experience of all aspects of Music Technology and production through a programme of classes, workshops and seminars using industry standard music and sound equipment. During this course you will develop skills in the areas of studio skills, making and mastering, sound creation and listening. Study computer technology in music production, including midi and audio recording, as well as develop skills in sound reproduction in both the recording and live arenas. Learn about composing and editing music for multimedia productions, film, computer games and study the music industry.

As part of your experience at College you will access our award-wining Futures programme, which will support your progression to employment and higher study. Futures includes a core curriculum of financial, personal and social development, at least 35 hours of work experience per year and broad range of enrichment activities and masterclasses.

This course, with its emphasis on practical work, requires a large amount of teamwork and is assessed through coursework. Abingdon & Witney College have well established links with creative and cultural industries within Oxfordshire and beyond.

Course units
Level 3 Diploma (1 Year)

Unit 1: Principles of music performance and production

Unit 2: Critical listening and music composition

Unit 3: Music industry and professional practice

Unit 4: Critical and contextual awareness for music performance and production

Unit 5: Music production in context

Unit 6: Music performance in context

Unit 7: Preparation for specialist study in music performance and production

Unit 8: Collaborative music performance project

Level 3 Diploma (2 Years)

Unit 9: Developing music performance and production skills

Unit 10: Exploration of specialist study in music performance and production

Unit 11: Preparing for progression in music performance and production

Unit 12: Project proposal for extended project in music performance and production

Unit 13: Extended project in music performance and production

What next?
The two-year Level 3 Extended Diploma is equivalent to three A-levels and therefore will qualify students for entry to University and Music college. With a Merit and a strong portfolio of work you could also progress onto the Level 4 Creative Practitioners (Audio & Visual) course at Abingdon & Witney College.
Entry criteria
5 GCSEs at grade 4 including English or Maths OR a pass in the subject at level 2, with English and Maths not lower than a grade 3/Functional Skills L2 and at least grade 4 in one of English or Maths.
Fee information
There is a course consumables fee of £100.00 payable at enrolment which covers studio consumables, a Music Technology kit and general resources. You may be eligible for a bursary to help towards the cost of this. There is also a fee of £50.00 for induction / day trips payable via WisePay at the start of term. The total course fee is £150.00.

As well as the mandatory materials fee given above, there is also an optional residential trip costing approx. £350 (cost given for guidance only.) Previous destinations have included Berlin, Munich, Wroclaw and Amsterdam.

As part of your course we may organise trips to assist you with your learning. Trips are optional, and you will not be penalised if you choose not to participate.

There are bursaries available to help you with other course costs. Call 01235 216 212 for more information.

The rules on fee reduction are complicated and we would encourage you to talk to our Admissions staff on 01235 555 585 to discuss your options. You can find more information on our Fees and Bursaries page - search "Fees and Bursaries" at the top of the page.

Course fees

16-18 Fee:

Tuition Fee: £0.00

Exam Fee: £0.00

Kit / Clothing: £50.00

Materials: £30.00

Total Cost: £80.00

19+ Fee:

Tuition Fee: £7,172.00

Exam Fee: £0.00

Kit / Clothing: £50.00

Materials: £30.00

Total Cost: £7,252.00

Qualifications received
UAL Level 3 Diploma in Music, Performance and Production - Music Technology (1 Year)

UCAS points = Pass - 36; Merit - 60; Distinction - 84

UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music, Performance and Production - Music Technology (2 Years)

UCAS points = Pass - 72; High Pass - 96; Merit - 120; High Merit - 144; Distinction - 168

Learning & method assessment
All assessment is coursework based and there are no examinations on the vocational qualification.

Any re-takes of maths or English qualifications are assessed via examinations.