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RSL Music

Music (Performance / Technology / Composition or Business

RSL Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma for Music Practitioners

Entry Requirements

Equivalent of 5 GCSE’s A*-C and a genuine interest in music.


The course will include the assessment of two compulsory units dependent on the pathway you choose.  These are as follows:

  • Performance: rehearsal skills and live music performance, planning for a career in music

  • Technology: live sound recording and sound reinforcement, planning for a career in music

  • Composition: composing styles and music sequencing, planning for a career in music

  • Business: music promotion and event management, planning for a career in music

As well as the compulsory units you get to choose different units to suit your style and pathway.  You can however, mix and match within pathways eg if you have chosen the performance pathway you are still able to do some composing, recording or event management.

A very small selection of the other possible units available are as follows (for a full list see Ms O’Sullivan):

  • composing lyrics

  • composing for adverts and TV

  • music arrangement

  • listening to music

  • understanding live sound design

  • choreographing popular music

  • royalties in music

  • music stage management

  • auditioning for music

  • session musician

  • lead performer.

Brief Outline of Coursework/Controlled Assessments

Work on this course is 100% coursework.

The types of assessments are based on the units that you choose however, there is likely to be an emphasis on practical whether this be performance, composition or technological based.  There is also an element of written coursework throughout the course.

General Information about the Course

The music course is geared towards those with a keen interest in all the different elements of music whether you are interested in performance, composition, technology or business.  You will tailor your course to your own needs and interests.

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