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This two-year course is equivalent to 3 A-Levels and is worth up to 168 UCAS points (Triple Distinction*)  or 144 UCAS points (Triple Distinction). UCAS have recently changed the UCAS Tariff from September 2017 so they could include more qualifications. The new Tariff points are lower than the original Tariff points but the value remains the same, as universities will just use lower Tariff numbers in their entry requirements than in previous years.

This course will give you the knowledge, underpinning skills and experience in order to succeed in the creative and media industries and to progress to higher level study such as the College’s Foundation Degree in Music or to degree level study elsewhere. All applicants will be required to audition for this course by instrumental or vocal performance; you should have an active interest in music performance and composition, and be willing to work creatively as a member of a team. During the course you will study: Music Performance Techniques; Solo and Ensemble Performance Studies; Music Business; Music Sequencing; Live Sound Engineering; Music Composition; Popular Music Historical Studies; Music Theory and Harmony; Recording Studio Practice and Music Technology in Performance. A residential visit is also part of the course. Throughout your course you will also develop skills in enterprise and presentation of your work.

There are progression routes to degree level courses in a wide variety of areas including: HNC/D in Music at Kendal College. BA Hons in: Music Performance, Music Technology, Entertainment Technologies and Media Production. This course has also led our students to a diverse range of other degrees including Media Production, Technical Theatre and Event Management.

All of our learners will be given support with their English and maths skills where relevant to their main programme. Those students who have not yet achieved a ‘C’ grade at GCSE in these subjects will continue to work towards these important qualifications at a level suited to them.
You will study a wide range of units/subject areas appertaining to the music industry. The facilities at the college are industry standard and will allow you to create and learn in a very professional environment.

Coursework, Portfolio of Evidence, Practical Demonstration/Assignment

This course will be part of a wider study programme, which may also include english & maths, work placement and additional studies.

How will I be assessed?


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Career Opportunities

Progression to higher education in a wide variety of programmes can include: BA (Hons) in Music Performance, Music Tech, Media Production, and New Media.

There are many, many transferable skills you will adopt along the way, giving you the opportunity to branch out into many different areas of employment.

Next: Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Five GCSE at grades A*-C, including English or Maths and Music or similar; or a Level 2 (First) Diploma in Music at Merit or Distinction.  You will also be required to audition for this programme.

Next: Fees

Adult fees


Please note: If you are an adult student you may be entitled to financial support to cover the cost of your course, dependent on your circumstances. Please contact Student Services on enquiries@kendal.ac.uk for details. More about Student Finance.

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