Vocal Artist

Level 3

This course focuses on getting you ready for your career, and also developing the necessary skills to be a freelancer.

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs at 4-9 (C-A*) including English


Two Years


RSL Level 3 Extended Diploma

Learn how to work with fellow vocalists to refine your vocal prowess and gather invaluable stage experience.

Evolve your skills and stage presence as a vocal artist through internal and external performance opportunities.

Hone your stagecraft under the expert guidance of our specialist tutors. Each performance will allow you to gain feedback to help fine-tune your set list and performance

Master technical skills, including remixing, composition, and arrangement.

Acquire employability skills tailored for the creative industries through industry and marketing modules.

Engage in in-depth creative briefs that challenge, expand and refine your musical skills.

Take part in sessioning, auditioning, and recording studio tasks. Gain insights into the role of a featured musician, equipping you with the necessary expertise to navigate the industry.

Participate in songwriting sessions, refining your material for recording and performance contexts.

Develop your understanding of how to sustain a successful career as a vocal artist with modules on industry, marketing and other areas of the music business.

Enhance research techniques and critical thinking skills, empowering you to pursue higher education opportunities.

Establish a unique portfolio including recorded original material and collaborations.

Refine your online presence and promotional material. 

Develop your understanding of the expectations and rigour of university study.

Mix and master music by other musicians and artists, as well as your own. 

Work with performers to develop studio engineering and recording techniques.

Hone your academic skills, including research techniques and critical thinking, to get you ready for university.


A group of people talking in a panel

A person writing lyrics on a notepad

An empty venue rows of chairs and a group of people talking in the foreground

A male singing

A female working at a computer with a MIDI keyboard

A female singing

A male wearing over-ear headphones, working at DJ decks

A person working at a music mixing desk

Three females singing

Three people singing


At least four GCSEs at grades 4-9, or C-A* including English


GoLive is a core part of your study programme, developing your wider skills for work and life. We help you to reach your potential and find your path to the next big step, be that a degree, further training or the world of work.


If you are 16-18 and don’t already have GCSE Grades 4 or above in mathematics and/or English Literature or Language, it will be compulsory for you to do a GCSE level maths and/or English course alongside your studies with us. Learn more here.


Move onto our Level 4 in Artist Development, a creative degree or into industry. Finishing both years of this course can generate up to 168 UCAS points, or the equivalent of three A* grades at A Level. Careers you can aim for include Session Musician, Recording and Performance Artist, Songwriter and Backing Vocalist.


A range of student-friendly offers are available in partnership with WEX. These vary by store so check in with your local branch to see what support they can provide you as an ACC learner.

Fees and Funding

Manchester 16–18*


Manchester 19+*

£0 – £4,670

All other campuses 16–18*


All other campuses 19+

£0 – £4,670


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