The UK music industry is huge, contributing over £5billion to the economy with the live performance sector alone contributing over £1billion.
This course has been designed to provide you with the necessary skills to enable you to work professionally as a performer in the music industry. There are a vast number of different roles and this course will equip you with the knowledge and understanding necessary to access many of these, as well as supporting progression to higher education courses including degree level study. There are two streams of study available, if you are a Jazz specialist or have a particular leaning towards Jazz then the Jazz stream is for you. The Rock and Pop stream covers all other styles of Rock and Pop music.
During the course, you will form bands with your fellow students or play in the Alton Jazz Band. There will be a number of gig opportunities both in college and outside at professional venues. There are also opportunities for solo artists to perform. The repertoire both for bands and solo performers specialising in Jazz may be covers or original material. As well as developing your performance skills, you will also gain an understanding of the commercial considerations of live music. You will use this knowledge to put on and promote your own gigs at a venue outside of college. Even if you only have an interest in performing and are not interested in a music career, many of the skills you learn are extremely useful and are applicable to other industries.
Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English Language and Mathematics, as well as an audition that requires you to demonstrate that you are advanced enough on your instrument/voice to start rehearsing with a band.
This two year course is equivalent to three A Levels and runs over two years. It is made up of a total of 13 units. During the first year, you will study Units 1 to 8 which gives you the Level 3 Diploma in Music Performance and Production. During the second year, units 9 to 13 are studied, and these extra units when added to the Diploma, make up the Extended Diploma in Music Performance and Production.
Year 1 Diploma
Year 2 Extended Diploma
(Students must complete Units 1–8 of the Diploma in Music Performance & Production, in addition to Units 9–13)
The Extended Diploma is a full time immersive course that offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches to nurture the talents of the creative student. Including lectures, guest lectures, rehearsals, tutorials, studios recording sessions, live performance workshops, presentations and group discussions. The facilities on our campus feature the latest music industry-standard equipment. They include:
Our rehearsal rooms are equipped with all the kit required to rehearse and perform your favourite music:
You will bring your own instrument and make music in a range of ensembles, from solo acts to full bands.
Also, our fantastic Ormond Room is a fully equipped performance space for recording or performing. Writing and performing music is at the heart of what we do throughout the courses here.
This course is assessed through 100% coursework. There are no examinations.
For the first year Diploma, you will be continually assessed on a Pass or Fail basis on the first seven units. The final Unit 8 will be graded on a Pass, Merit, Distinction level.
During the second year Extended Diploma, Units 9, 10 and 11 are assessed on a Pass and Fail basis whilst Units 12 and 13 are assessed as Pass, Merit or Distinction and will produce your overall grade. Much of the work over the two years is practical in nature but written assignments and presentations are required to support this. There is a big emphasis on research and this is excellent preparation for university, as the qualification is assessed more like a degree than an A Level.
There may be additional costs for promoting live events that you will be taking part in and also for one-to-one instrumental or vocal lessons.
Following the completion of this course, you could then go on to university, conservatoire, to become a performer, technician, promoter, venue manager, live sound engineer, songwriter, composer, music producer, studio engineer, musicologist, music therapist, peripatetic teacher or classroom teacher.
We have a huge number of former students who work in the music industry, and as such we are able to offer students unparalleled access to opportunities, as well as potential work experience in the industry. Our industry links include everything from small venues such as The Lounge Bar in Alton and the West End Centre, Aldershot, through to large events such as Victorious Festival in Portsmouth and Radar Festival in Guildford. We also have many educational links to university level including Leeds College of Music.
My courses were all especially interesting, I thoroughly enjoyed all of them. All of my lecturers were extremely knowledgeable and I have learnt a lot from them.Lottie Warren, A Level student
I got into both of the universities I wanted to. It happens so fast and it’s an amazing feeling when you think that all of the work you’ve done has paid off in the best way possible.Anton Sukhorukov, A Level student
I overcame a couple of barriers by working really hard to get the top grades. My experience was really good, with the course and the lecturers, the residentials and activities, together it was all really good. I had really great teaching support, I could always go to the lecturers and speak to them if I needed to.David Stenning, Public Services student