Music Performance

Level 5

If you’ve got a Level 3 qualification and want to explore the exciting challenges and opportunities of Higher Education without commiting to the full course right away, a Foundation Degree can be a great option to get you on the right track.

Entry Requirements

A Levels (DDE) or BTEC Extended Diploma


Two Years – 3 Days a Week


Music Performance FdA

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Take your music to the next level! If you want to gain the musicianship and business skills to work as a professional musician or vocalist, then this foundation degree is for you!

Engage with a variety of composition, arrangement and performance projects, working individually and collaboratively. Explore new creative avenues when learning how to compose music for visual media, while continuing to develop as a songwriter and performer.

Develop musicianship including sight reading, listening skills and improvisation. Perform in a variety of situations, both solo and in groups, and learn how to effectively integrate technology into your performances.

Work in recording studios with other musicians, sound engineers and producers. Understand the development of recording technology, its impact on music and how you can use it to get the best out of your compositions.


Assess all the options and routes available to you in the industry. Work on commissions from clients and on self-directed projects as you develop your industry practice.

Our Music Performance degree is tailored to your musical goals allowing you to develop technical mastery of your first instrument whilst also broadening your understanding of other subject areas and ways of thinking about songwriting, composition, performance and music management. Teaching and learning are designed around developing your practical and technical skills, whilst also enhancing your critical and analytical thinking.

Classes are a mixture of rehearsals, live performances, workshops, seminars and tutorials. During these sessions you will develop your expertise, working alongside Confetti’s expert tutors who are active professional musicians. Choosing this Music Performance foundation degree FdA is a great way to break into the creative industries.


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Entry Requirements

You will need one of the following options:

A-levels – DDE

BTEC Extended Diploma – MPP

64 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications

two GCSEs including Maths and English grade C.

You will also have at least one of the following music qualifications:

A-Level in Music

BTEC Extended Diploma in Music (or similar, e.g. RSL Awards)

Music Theory Grade 5 (ABRSM, Rockschool, Trinity or equivalent)

If you don’t have one of the above music qualifications, we’ll ask you to submit examples of your work.

Careers and Progression

The creative sector is one of the fastest growing areas of the UK economy and a great and exciting place in which to work.

A top-up one year course leading to a full BA degree and then on to a Masters if you wish.

Employment, or self-employment, in the creative industries. This may be as a freelance musician, or it may be into another area of the music or creative industries.

A creative higher apprenticeship as a stepping stone to work.

Careers include:

Performing artist


Session musician

Composer for visual media


To apply for the degree courses we offer in Norwich, click the links below:

Music Performance 

Music Production


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