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Music — Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma

Course information

The Level 3 Diploma in Music runs over 2 years and is equivalent to 3 A Levels. It is aimed at all singers and instrumentalists from all styles of music and will prepare you for a career in the music and associated industries. It is a vocational course which has a balance between both the practical and academic subjects and covers all aspects of the music business, from writing your own songs, rehearsing, performing and working in bands, recording your music and the creative use of music technology, studying popular music culture and history, as well as looking in detail at all aspects of the music business. Music theory, sight reading and aural skills are also given high priority on the course and are studied across both the 1st and 2nd years.
The course is comprised of the following units:
Unit 3 Arranging music
Unit 4 Aural perception
Unit 7 Composing music
Unit 9 Music production (recording techniques)
Unit 12 Improvising
Unit 16 Major music project (music performances)
Unit 19 Music and society (music business)
Unit 22 Session styles
Unit 23 Performance techniques (band skills)
Unit 27 Music theory & Harmony
Unit 30 Pop music in practice
Unit 32 Sequencing systems
Unit 34 Contemporary song writing
Unit 37 Functional keyboard skills
Unit 39 The music industry (music business)
Unit 40 Music ensemble (band rehearsal skills)
Unit 41 Music notation software
Unit 42 Singing techniques and performance
Applicants without level 2 qualifications in numeracy, literacy and IT will be required to achieve qualifications in this in the first year of the programme.
This course is Advanced Learner Loan eligible, which can fully cover the course fee. Please click here for further advice on the financial support available.


BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Music

This course leads to...

By the end of the course you will have the necessary skills to plan and organise your own band, begin a career as a self-employed /freelance musician or to gain entry to higher education and continue your studies at university or continue onto the Foundation Degree in Popular Music here at the Liverpool Community College.
We now have excellent links with music colleges and universities across the country and many of our past and recently graduated students are studying at some of the major music education institutions including The Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA), The University of Liverpool, Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool John Moores University. Leeds College of Music (LCM), University of Chester, Brighton Institute of Modern Music (BIMM), BIMM (Bristol) Sound and audio engineering, Liverpool (SAE), University of Huddersfield, University of Salford, Tech schools, London (Guitar Tech, Bass Tech, Drum Tech, Vocal Tech), Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (ICMP, London), London School of Theology, University of Westminster, Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM, Guilford), Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London.

Entry Requirements

For the level 3 Diploma there is a requirement of 5 GCSEs grades A-C, which must include either English or maths, or a previous Level 2 Diploma in Music qualification. Any young person who does not achieve grade C or above in English or Maths will be required to continue these studies at College. If you are 19+ or have not taken GCSEs, you will have an initial assessment of your maths and English skills and where appropriate, a suitable course of study will be put in place.

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Further Information...

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Course ID: 163688

Course Year: 21/22

Course Duration: 1 Year


If you are 16-18 years old at the start of your course, studying at The City of Liverpool College is free. If you are aged between 19-23 and don’t have 2 A-Levels (or equivalent), you won't have to pay any fees for this course.

24 years old or over or 19-23 and have 2 A-Levels (or equivalent) at the start of the course? Fees are payable, but you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the cost of your course. Find out more at, or contact our admissions team on 0151 252 3000 or at

Fee for21/22 is 4425.00
In future years this fee may be subject to change.

Please note this is a two year programme that consists of two courses. Your fee status may change from one year to the next depending on age and circumstance at the start of the next course e.g. if you turn 19 before progressing to the next level, you may be required to pay fees as outlined above.

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