start your career in Music Performance


Two Years


Level 3

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If you love playing and performing music then this Level 3 Music Performance course is the perfect way to gain the skills for creative work or university.

We welcome guitarists, bassists, drummers, singers and singer/songwriters, keyboard players, string and brass players – in fact we can cater for any instrument!

. you will...

Enhance your skills on your instrument and your understanding of how music works.
Develop your songwriting and arrange songs by other artists, working in bands in fully equipped rehearsal rooms.
Perfect your repertoire and get to perform in college, at gigs and even nationally at festivals and events. Explore the world of studio recording.
Get the skills to promote yourself and your music within the industry.
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Choosing this Level 3 Music Performance course will give you the skills to go on to university or into creative work.

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

The Level 3 Music Performance course can lead on to:

  • A creative degree at university where you can gain further skills in preparation for work. This may be a music degree or another subject which takes your fancy. You will need to complete both years of the course in order to generate the UCAS points for university entry. Access Creative College has two new music foundation degrees which offer perfect progression.
  • Our one-year Artist Development scheme where you can take your music to the next level in preparation for professional work.
  • Employment, or self-employment, in the creative industries. This may be as a music artist or songwriter, or it may be into another area of the music or creative industries.
  • A creative apprenticeship as a stepping stone to work.

Being at Access Creative College is so much more than just doing a course. You will have the chance to get first-hand experience of the music and creative industries.

Here are some of the opportunities you can take advantage of:

  • EVENTS: You’ll have unique opportunities to showcase your work. These range from local gigs to the chance to perform on a festival stage at events such as Latitude organised by partner, Festival Republic.
  • MUSIC GLUE: Music Glue is a global direct-to-fan platform used by 26,000 artists worldwide to sell tickets, merchandise, music and more direct to their audience from one customisable website.
  • EMPLOYABILITY WEEKS: Three weeks each year are dedicated to developing your work skills and showcasing your work.
  • MASTERCLASSES: The college promotes industry masterclasses by artists and industry players. These enable you to gain advice and guidance from working professionals.
  • KOMPASS: Get prepared for the world of work through opportunities and tips from our in-house careers portal.

On successful completion you will get a recognised qualification which you can add to your creative CV:

  • Two year BTEC or RSL Level 3 Extended Diploma. This can generate up to 168 UCAS points on the 2017 tariff.
  • Please note these UCAS points are for a Distinction* and lower grades generate considerably fewer points.
  • The Extended Diploma is equivalent to three A Levels.
  • All assessment is via real-world project-based course work. There are no end of year exams.
  • The Level 3 Music Performance course lasts for two years.
  • It is usually delivered over three to four days per week from September to June (daytime). How long you are in college will depend on what additional English and Maths sessions you need to attend.
  • If you are aged 16-18 on 31st August 2019, then the course is FREE
  • If you are aged 19+ on 31st August 2019, then you will have to pay £4,995 per year. However, you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the cost of this course. You will only have to repay the loan when you start to earn over £25,000 per year.

Applying for this Level 3 Music Performance course is easy.

All you need to do is fill in our short online application form. After you have created an account you will be able to provide links to online work, upload relevant documents and book an interview slot.


  • We value your creative passion and skills above all else. However, you will also need to demonstrate that you are able to work at Level 3 (A Level standard). This means achieving at least four GCSEs at grades 4-9 (C-A*), including English, or other equivalent qualifications. Other grades will be considered on a case by case basis. Places are conditional based on this achievement and we will discuss options with you if you do not attain these.
  • For school leavers we will require evidence of your predicted and actual grades, ideally backed up by a school reference.
  • As a guide, this Music Performance course is for more experienced musicians with some experience of performance and working with others. You are also likely to have developed reasonable instrumental skills.
  • If you have done Rockschool grades then you may have achieved a standard between Grade 5 and Grade 8.
  • Please note you will not be able to enrol if you will be under the age of 16 on 31st August. Applications from people under this age are still welcome, but will be deferred to the following year.



  • Please come prepared to talk about your music, what artists you like and your ambitions.
  • For the audition element, please prepare a short performance (around 5 minutes) of two contrasting pieces on an instrument and/or a vocal performance. You may wish to do this to a backing track. Please bring your instrument with you. We have amplifiers, drum kits, keyboards and PA systems. You may want to demonstrate any original compositions.
  • You can view/download a detailed Interview Guide from the link below.
Interview Guide 2019