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Music Performance — Level 3 Diploma

Course information

The UAL Level 3 Diploma in Music Performance has been designed to provide students with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to access and ultimately progress to degree level study and employment in the performing arts sectors. It provides an opportunity for those who have interest in music to explore, develop and test their creativity within a qualification structure, which is stimulating and demanding and provides a supportive transition from general to more specialised study. This course is delivered over one year and will enable learners to develop a portfolio of work that could support progression into a range of higher education courses. Most learners will progress to the UAL level 3 Extended Diploma in music performance. At the City of Liverpool College, we provide a multi-faceted, holistic approach to Degree level study or employment in the music industry. You will be trained as an accomplished performer, developing your musicality and repertoire through a wide range of disciplines including practical harmony applications, aural perception skills, improving instrumental performance, music theory and harmony and professional portfolio development.


UAL Level 3 Diploma in Music Performance

This course leads to...

On completing the UAL L3 Subsidiary Diploma in Music Performance, the learner can progress to the second year of the programme - UAL L3 Extended Diploma in Music Performance and employment within the sector.

We 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

Level 2 Diploma in Music Performance – at least a Merit or above is required, 5 GCSE’s at grade ‘C’ or above – preferably with 1 GCSE in Music or equivalent/industry experience.

Why study with us?

At the City of Liverpool College, you will be industry ready, trained by highly qualified, experienced, and enthusiastic, industry active specialists, who take immense pride in sharing their knowledge and experience to give our students the best possible opportunities in the industry. The City of Liverpool College courses prepare our students to be well rounded musicians with an array of specialist skills.
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Further Information...

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You can contact us online via or call us at any point on 0151 252 3000 with any queries you may have – we’re here to help.


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 7172.00
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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