West Thames College London

Contemporary Music (Performance and Technology) - UAL Level 2 Diploma

This course for 16-18 year olds, is an introduction to the practical and theoretical elements of music and music technology. You will make music with computers, record, compose and perform both individually and in groups. You will learn about the business, composing and sound recording, sequencing, microphone techniques and do a production project. The course is equivalent to 4 GCSEs at A*-C and provides a good basis to go on to further qualifications.

Key course features


UAL Level 2 Diploma

Level: Level 2

Mode: Full-time

Start Date: 06 September 2017

Who is this course for?

This course is primarily aimed at 16-18 year olds who are creative and interested in a career in music.

About the course

Working both individually and as a member of a group, you will take part in a variety of practical work, making music with computers, recording, composing and performing.

You will study:

  • Exploring the music profession
  • Composition
  • Recording
  • Development of music
  • Exploring computer systems
  • Computer music production
  • Music performance.

You will also improve your English and maths and gain employability skills as part of the course.

At some points in the year when productions are scheduled, you will need to be in college for extra sessions to rehearse.

Additional opportunities

The course may include visits to exhibitions, band recording assignments, improvisation and a final showcase of work.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is through assignment based work. The emphasis is on practical performance, although there is a certain amount of written work required to support this. The work is graded into pass, merit and distinction. In order to achieve the qualification you will need to pass all areas of the course.

Where next?

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music Performance or Music Technology if you achieve a merit or distinction. Because this is an introductory course, it will not normally lead directly into professional music work.

Entry requirements
2 or more GCSEs at grade D / grade 3 or above, or successful completion of a Foundation Level course including functional skills in English and maths. There will be a short audition as part of your interview to assess your musical aptitude. If you need advice before you apply, please call 020 8326 2020 or email info@west-thames.ac.uk.
This course is free for students under 19 years.

Please see our Fees and Concessions page or call 020 8326 2015 for further details.

How to apply?
Please click the apply now button and fill out the online application form. An adviser will be in touch regarding interview dates.


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