Course Information

Where is the course delivered?

  • Bridgwater campus

Who is the course for?

The RSL Extended Diploma in Music Technology & Performance is the ideal course for anyone looking to find employment in the music industry, work as a self employed musician or practitioner in the creative industries or looking to continue to specialise in a music course at university in the future.

This advanced level course is ideal if you want to develop a practical and theoretical understanding of a wide range of music styles and develop their music performance, composition and production skills.

What does the course involve?

On the Performance Pathway you will develop performance skills through specialist lessons for music composition, instrumental and ensemble performance in a range of different contexts.

You will also develop your theoretical understanding of music, the music industry and wider music production skills including studio recording, improvisation, events management and live sound.

You will learn how to use a range of industry standard music software applications, including Logic and Sibelius.

On the Technology Pathway you will develop music production skills through specialist lessons for music sequencing, sound synthesis and using music technology in performance in a range of contexts.

You will also develop your theoretical understanding of acoustics, the fundamentals of music, the music industry and wider music production skills including, studio recording, remixing, events management, DJ Performance Techniques and live sound.

This course features a high level of training in a wide range of industry standard music production software including Logic Pro, Ableton Live, Pro Tools and Reason.

You will study at least 18 units (modules), which, on successful completion will give you a qualification the equivalent of three A Levels.

All students will study the following units:

  • Music Fundamentals
  • Computer based Music Composition
  • Music Industry
  • Studio Recording Techniques
  • Music Awareness
  • Music & Sound for the Moving Image
  • Music Events Management
  • Live Sound

In addition a selection of these optional units will be available in either pathway:

  • Instrumental Performance
  • Studio Sound Mixing  
  • Music Rehearsal Skills
  • Music Video Production
  • Working as a Session Musician
  • Live Music Performance
  • Sound Synthesis
  • DJ Performance Techniques
  • Remixing Techniques
  • Radio / Podcast Production  

What makes this course special?

  • Teaching staff that work in industry
  • Excellent facilities
  • Very good student progression into employment in the music industry 

Placements/Work Placements

All students will be required to complete a work placement as part of their individual study programme. The course will feature a studio recording project based at a professional studio facility and frequent public performance opportunities at the College’s professional theatre complex. 

Entry Requirements

At least five GCSEs in the 9 to 4 or A* to C range, or a relevant Level 2 qualification at merit.

For the Performance pathway you will need to demonstrate skills in an audition equivalent to approximately Grade V standard on your first instrument, usually having played for at least 3 years.

Entry is also subject to a successful interview.

What are the assessment methods?

This course is entirely coursework assessed with creative practical assignment tasks, which reflect industry practice and develop fundamental skills required for employment in the music industry, including performance projects and coursework assignments.

How long is the course?

Two years.

What are the College attendance requirements?

The timetable for this course usually consist of 14 hours per week, including a 1 hour tutorial, across 3-4 days of the week.

Are there any additional costs for the course?

There is a £60 materials fee for this course. 

What are the progression options?

Students can progress directly from this course to the FdA Music Production course which is an Oxford Brookes University course delivered at the University Centre Somerset, or progress on to another university or employment in the entertainment industries at technician or trainee management level.


Every year Level 3 Extended Diploma Music Technology & Performance students progress to some of the best known universities for Music in the Country, including specialist schools like Leeds College of Music, The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Brighton Institute of Modern Music, dBS, SAE London, Bath Spa University, University of West of England, Plymouth University, University of South Wales and a variety of other Music Conservatoires. Music students are also accepted on education courses and a range of other courses.

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