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Diploma in RSL Music Performance - Level 3 - Full-time (Brannams)

Level 3 Vocational
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Brannams Campus
Two years

The Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (first year) and Extended diploma (second year) for Music Practitioners provide music industry qualifications that will equip you with the skills knowledge and understanding for entry to employment in the music industry or progression to further study at a higher level.

We will be able to offer you the experience of working, gigging and performing in our 800 capacity music venue 'The Factory' as both live sound engineer and musician, as well as becoming a recording studio engineer and music producer using sequencing software. In addition to your studies you will also have the opportunity to work with visiting artists and go on an educational visit to New York.


Throughout the first year of this RSL Music Performance course, you will complete a Subsidiary Diploma before moving onto an extended diploma in the second year. For the Performance pathway you will develop your skills and understanding of musicianship, repertoire, rehearsal, promotion and live/recorded performance.

Throughout the two years you will:
- Perform effectively on your instrument/voice
- Rehearse and display musicianship skills
- Initiate and develop repertoire
- Rehearse effectively and perform music live
- Understand contextual issues relating to music style, audience and the music industry
- Understand relevant aspects of music technology

Throughout the two years you will cover units such as:
- Rehearsal Skills & Live Music Performance
- Session Musician
- Lead Performer
- Music Performance to Camera
- Practical Musicianship
- Composing Collaboration & Recorded Music Performance
- Music Improvisation
- Auditioning For Music
- Improving Instrumental Performance
- Practical Harmony Application
- Using a Keyboard with a DAW
- Planning a Career in Music
- Music promotion
These qualifications focus upon the recognition and achievement through practical skills whilst following the Performance pathway.

In the first year you will take one externally assessed core unit (Rehearsal and Performance) and one internally assessed core unit (Planning a career in Music). All the other units that make up the first year will be a combination of units that will give you 90 credits to complete the Subsidiary Diploma. In the second year you will take one externally assessed core unit (Composing Collaboration and Recorded Performance) with the remaining units making up 180 credits overall to complete the Extended Diploma.

External Assessments
You must undertake external assessments in the form of a task based controlled assessment. These will be assignments that are set by Industry practitioners and marked by RSL. The assignments provide the opportunity for you to demonstrate and integrate your knowledge, understanding and skills from across your area of study. They will also enable you to develop study skills and to underpin practical skills with core knowledge and understanding.

Internal Assessments
All other units will be internally assessed through coursework (preparation and production, research, written assignments, log keeping, discussion and evaluation) and there are no exams. Over two years you will compile a portfolio of coursework. This coursework is all marked by our lecturers and a sample of units will be externally verified and moderated by RSL. Our assessments are graded within four bands, these being Unclassified, Pass, Merit and Distinction.

Within assessments you may be required to work alone or in small groups and your Lecturers will identify appropriate opportunities for collaboration to take place. Assignments have been designed to enable collaboration and team work will be encouraged so that all participants are actively involved in each stage of the production progress and you are able to work in co-operation towards a shred end. Individually you will need to provide your own personal response for assessment that can be identified, authenticated and evidenced. When assessed activity occurs in groups, assessment will be carried out on the individual and your contribution to group work.
Five GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above

English and Maths GCSE grade C/4 or above are essential. GCSE Music is desirable or equivalent experience such as Grade Music exams or performance experience.
As part of your study programme you will have access to our 800 capacity live music venue, sound-proof rehearsal booths, iMac computer suites boasting the latest DAW technology and our state of the art recording studio. In addition to this you be have access to a wide range of live equipment ranging from analogue/digital mixing/recording desks, lighting desks, and a comprehensive selection of synth and music technology toys for live and recording-based music production.
You will be required to bring the following items with you on a daily basis:

- Headphones
- Writing equipment
- Writing pads
- USB storage device
You will be required to pay an additional studio fee of £90. This additional fee will allow us to enrich the provision of equipment available to the study, to a professional standard.
Please contact the Advice & Guidance Centre on 01271 852422 for more information.

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