Pembrokeshire College, Merlins Bridge, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA61 1SZ


Music Performance and Production

Music Performance and Production

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Music Performance and Production

UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music Performance and Production

This course provides learners with a broad range of knowledge, skills and experience in working with a wide variety of technology to support entry into the music industry or further study at university.

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The course focuses on the techniques used to record and produce music, to stage music performance and also to develop as composers and performers of popular music. Learners will need to have previous experience of making music as instrumentalists or vocalists, or through the use of other technologies such as DJing or computer music production.

Successful completion of the Extended Diploma in year two is equivalent to three A-levels.

  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above (may include one relevant equivalent) to include English Language/First Language Welsh and Mathematics/Numeracy at grade D or above
  • Two videos or recording of music making - performance/compositions
  • Each application is considered on individual merit
  • Entry is subject to attending a course information session or informal interview
  • Successful completion of relevant Level 2 programme with a merit grade or above in addition to a successful decision from progression board meeting
  • GCSE English Language/First Language Welsh at grade C or above
  • GCSE Mathematics/Numeracy at grade D or above
  • Two videos or recording of music making - performance/compositions

During this course you will develop your understanding of pop music through listening, playing and performance alongside research projects and class discussions. You learn studio and live sound techniques through hands-on experience and real recording and performance projects. Team work is essential in music making and you will do a lot of work in groups as well as an individual. The course is very practical and is centred on making and recording music, but you will also be assessed through written assignments and presentations.

The course consists of eight units that will develop your skills in:

  • Playing
  • Performing
  • Composing
  • Sequencing
  • Recording
  • Producing
  • Editing
  • Mixing
  • Mastering music

Most importantly of all, you will develop your ability to listen!

You will also:

  • Perform as a musician
  • Create new music as a composer or song writer
  • Record and produce your own and others music
  • Develop theoretical skills and musical and technical vocabulary
  • Use computers as tools for composition and recording
  • Organise and stage gigs and other music events
  • Develop your business skills through enterprise projects
  • Evaluate and analyse your work in order to improve your performance

During the second year learners study the WJEC Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) – graded like an AS level it can provide additional UCAS points.

You may need to study an additional skills course depending on:
  • the course you are taking at College
  • what grades you gained in your GCSE Maths and/or English Language
Click below to find out what skills course you may be taking at College

Learners are able to complete either the full qualification or certain units or elements through the medium of Welsh/bilingually. Visit our Welsh Language in the College page to find out what else is available to you.

  • Continuous assessment during the course

This course can open doors to a number of different careers including:

Music business – The music industry is a multi billion pound business and behind all the glitz and glamour of the performing artist there are thousands of roles that support and promote the success of the performing artist. From administrative staff at a record label, music publisher, booking agent, tour manager, monitor engineer, stage manager, guitar technician, caterer, studio manager and so on – all these individuals will be driven by a passion for music and a desire to be part of something important, creative and in some cases historic.

Recording engineer – is responsible for selecting and operating all the equipment required to record and mix music in the recording studio. This role requires a high degree of technical understanding and good communication skills to get the best from the performer. Often works very closely with the record producer.

Record producer – is responsible for artistically shaping the creative vision when working with a band to make the best possible finished product. This role requires a profound understanding of how music works, how to develop songs, and how to engage with the target audience.

Professional musician – could be an artist in their own right, playing as a studio session musician, or writing and developing songs for other artists. This role requires lots of experience, and passion, and determination, talent and an ability to network will ensure success.

If you are thinking about studying at degree level following this course please visit the university websites or UCAS (University Central Admissions Service) to check any entry requirements.

  • Stationery - you will be told about any specific items before you start the course
  • A memory stick/a small portable USB hard drive
  • Ear plugs - £20
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Any costs above are approximate and may change.

  • No tuition fee
  • We are waiving the Administration Fee for the academic year 2024/25
  • You will need to pay a £40 music workshop fee each year before you start the course
  • You can rent a locker for £10 per year this will be refunded if the locker remains undamaged and keys are returned
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Any costs above are approximate and may change.

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Sports Academy: While on this course you may be able to join our Sports Academy, if you have a talent for sport, find out what we offer on our Sports Academy page.

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Last updated: 24/10/2023
The College takes all reasonable steps to provide the educational services and courses as described above. Details are correct at the time of editing but may be subject to change without prior notice. Courses will not run if student numbers are insufficient. The College has the right to refuse individuals entry to courses in certain circumstances. Prospective students may be advised of more suitable alternatives, if appropriate. The entry requirements stated are those that are normally required to undertake the programme of study.
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