Course: Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Performance or Composition


Board: Rockschool


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


Course description:

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

The course requires you to gain 90 credits to complete. This is normally achieved through completing 1 compulsory unit and a selection of optional units.

100% of the course is internally assessed through coursework based activities. Coursework and controlled assessments will be completed in both individual tasks and group work activities.

Aims of the course:

Performance – learners will:
• Perform effectively on their instrument/voice;
• 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

Composition – learners will:
• Compose and arrange music;
• Initiate and develop repertoire;
• Develop musicianship sills through using a harmony instrument;
• Use computers and sequencing and recording software/hardward;
• Understand contextual issues relating to music style, audience and the music industry

Performance core units – Getting work in Music, Music rehearsal skills, Live music performance, Auditioning for music, Improving instrumental performance
Composition core units – Composing music (styles), Composing music (collaboration), Practical harmony application (chords and progressions), Getting work in music

There are 83 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?
• Each unit will be graded as either Pass, Merit or Distinction
• These grades will be combined to give an overall grade of Pass, Merit or Distinction.


Why study this course:
Rockschool 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.


Contact Name: Miss C Bowater