West Thames College London

Contemporary Music (Performance and Technology) - Level 3

This two-year practical course is equivalent to 3 A Levels and has been developed to provide you with all the essential skills that a music performer or music producer needs.

Key course features


Level 3 Diploma

Level: Level 3

Mode: Full-time

Start Date: 04 September 2017

Who is this course for?

Advanced students who want to develop a career in music as a performer or producer.

About the course

This highly practical course aims to develop your music performance and production skills, enabling you to develop a successful career in music. You will be based in our brand new Music and Media Centre using the latest digital equipment.

As a performerYou will use the latest digital equipment to practice and perform many styles of contemporary music. You will learn about performance techniques and stage craft, performing in ensembles and as a soloist, and song writing. You will perform at events in and out of the college including our Creative Arts festival and Oxjam.

As a Music producer/sound engineer: You will use the latest music software packages such as Logic X Pro, Protools and Reason. You will learn sequencing, mixing, mastering, sound recording, music composition and how to set up and sound engineer a live music event. You will produce a portfolio including an album, film scores, sound design for film and take part in live performance with a technical or performance role.

Additional opportunities

You will perform at a variety of venues and events including our Creative Arts Festival, build a portfolio and produce a music CD.

How will I be assessed?

The course is assessed through assignment based projects.

Where next?

A HND or a university degree in music performance, music production, sound engineering, music management or live events management. You can also seek employment in the music industry as a session  musician or music producer and assistant engineer or work at a record label.

Entry requirements
At least 4 GCSEs at grades A*-C / grades 9-5, or a Merit or Distinction in a relevant subject at Level 2 with functional skills in English and maths. You must have proven performance/instrument skills. If you don't have grade 3 or higher, we can assess your abilities through an audition at your interview. 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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