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RSL Music Practitioner (Certificate-Subsidiary Diploma) - Level 3 - Full-time (Brannams)

A-level equivalent
Course Code:
Brannams Campus
Two years

This course provides a vocationally-relevant programme of study to equip you with the skills to develop realistic employment opportunities in the music industry of progress to Higher Education.

Your sessions will be delivered at the Brannams campus which houses the outstanding music facilities including the Factory, North Devon's leading live music venue. You will be taught by experienced teachers who are industry experts.


The focus of delivery and assessment will be on practical music making, music production and the development of business skills relating to the music industry.

The course consists of three units, two core and one pathway in your specialist area, typically taught units are:

Listening to Music. This unit will develop your critical analysis and understanding of music theory in order to appreciate, create and perform music; Music Marketing. Here you will develop your understanding of the Marketing process in order to market your own music output. You will analyse the marketing used on professional music products then apply your understanding of this to your own work.

Music Technology Specialist pathway will study Music Sequencing and Production. The purpose of this unit is to enhance your ability to utilise the advance functions of a sequencing package and put them into practice.

Music Performance Specialist pathway will select a repertoire of music in their chosen style which they will rehearse and perform. You will plan and deliver your own rehearsal schedule and show evidence of progress through self-evaluation and target setting

Moving onto year two, For both pathways there is an externally assessed core unit and you will be required to work to briefs, set with input from Industry practitioners specific to the area of specialism.

For the Technology pathway the units delivered will develop your skills and understanding of inputs and levels, recording and sequencing skills, mixing and production, manipulation, contextual issues and realisation of your repertoire.

Throughout the two years you will cover units such as:
-Music sequencing and production
-Studio sound mixing
-Studio sound recording
-Live Sound Recording
-Getting work in music

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 cover units such as
-Music rehearsal skills
-Live music performance
-Auditioning for music
-Getting work in music
Assessment is mainly course work with practical assessments that are all internal assessed within the first year Extended Certificate. In the second year there will be an externally assessed unit on both pathways.

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

You will need experience playing an instrument or working with music technology
You can apply to study music at degree level, we offer Foundation Degrees in Music at Petroc or you will gain UCAS points to support university applications as an A Level progression route.
You will have access to the specialist facilities and resources at Brannams. Music Technology students will be working with Logic pro.
Bring your GCSE Certificates with you on your first day.

You will be required to bring the following items with you on a daily basis:

- Headphones
- Writing equipment
- Writing pads
- USB storage device
There may be an small course fee to provide equipment for your programme, but this will be discussed at interview.
Please contact the Advice & Guidance Centre on 01271 852422 for more information.
Q: Can I study at Brannams Campus as part of an A-level timetable.
A: Yes. Your lessons will be timetabled to give you time to move between the sites which is only a 10 minute walk, there are also regular busses.

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