Course: Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Performance or Composition

Board: RSL

Entry Requirements: A*-C at GCSE Music or a related level 2 qualification (BTEC/RSL)


Course description:

This is a two year course where students study a pathway of either Performance or Composition.

Through the performance strand, you will learn how to perform effectively on your own instrument or by using your voice; to rehearse and display musicianship skills; Initiate and develop repertoire; rehearse effectively and perform music live; understand contextual issues relating to music style, audience and the music industry; understand relevant aspects of music technology

Or through the composition strand, you will compose and arrange music; develop musicianship sills through using a harmony instrument; use computers and sequencing and recording software/hardware; understand contextual issues relating to music style, audience and the music industry.

Performance core units – Rehearsal and Performance (externally assessed) And Planning a Career in Music (internally assessed)
Composition core units – Composing Styles and Music Sequencing (externally assessed) and Planning a Career in Music (internally assessed)

There are 84 optional units to choose from which will be chosen by both the students and the teacher once the course has started.


How will it be graded?

The Subsidiary Diploma requires you to gain 90 credits to complete. This is achieved by undertaking 1 externally assessed core unit, 1 internally assessed core unit and a selection of optional units that can develop their skills and understanding in their chosen area. Coursework and controlled assessments will be completed in both individual tasks and group work activities.

• Each unit will be graded as either Pass, Merit or Distinction
• These grades will be combined to give an overall grade of Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*.


Why study this course:
RSL provides a vocationally relevant course in popular music which allows for both direct progression in the industry and/or progression to a higher level study. It offers students an opportunity to explore and develop their understanding of music and to help them develop in area in which they have an interest. It focuses upon the recognition of achievement through practical musical skills as well as offering flexibility of unit combination. Music combines creativity, imagination and academic study in a way that no other subject does. It is a course which is recognised by all universities.


Subject suitability for degree course or future career:

This course can lead to further study in music or performing arts in higher education at degree or HND level and can lead on to a career in the music industry.


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