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Music Performance Extended Diploma

Level 3


Key Info

Learning Area  
Delivery Mode   Full-time
Duration   2 Years

Dates & Locations

Course Type   16-19
Location   Cornwall College St Austell
Start Date   07/09/2021

Love playing guitar? Singing? Tuba? Or even recording beats? Then this is the course for you.
Learn how to write, perform and record songs with a BBC Radio 2 award-nominated musician and songwriter.
This course will help you to develop and improve your creative and practical skills as a creative musician.

You will be learning from an experienced, practising musician. Learn to develop songwriting, composing, performance, sequencing, production and recording skills in studio spaces with not only digital, but also analogue, capabilities!

Get creative and learn with industry-endorsed practitioners!

  What You Will Learn

Original songwriting, composing and arranging.

We will support you in developing your key instrument/s and explore more varied instruments with you. You will learn to play well-known songs from a wide range of different genres, and then explore how to write and perform your own music. The ability to write and perform original material is fundamental to this course. Becoming a unique and creative artist will help with employability in this competitive landscape, but also develop your creativity.
Students will also have the opportunity to collaborate with other creative subjects, such as dance, acting, fine art, photography and media. The Creative and Digital Academy is home to a vibrant portfolio of subjects who all work together to support each other’s growth.
You will record using analogue and digital equipment and develop digital sequencing skills, as well as recording and production techniques. You will work with professional musicians – in-house and visiting - who will enable you to grow, by delivering insightful and challenging feedback.
The course will focus on live performance and you will get the opportunity to perform at a wide variety of venues including The Royal Cornwall Show, pubs and clubs, and our very own Keay Theatre.

The ability to write and perform original material is fundamental to the course. Becoming a unique and creative artist will help with employability in this competitive landscape and also develop your creativity.

You will also experiment with arranging music.

Writing for film/games and moving image:

Using sequencing to write and compose original music for games and film is an exciting part of the course. This is a growing sector of the music industry and will give the learners opportunity to discover more about this incredibly rich and creative area.
Students will also have the opportunity to collaborate with other creative subjects such as fine art and media.

Recording using analogue and digital equipment:

You will develop digital sequencing skills as well as recording and production techniques.
There is always a link between old and new in the music industry with recording techniques and genres reflecting the music of the past as well as looking forwards. The ability to use analogue equipment will give a working sound engineer or producer another string to their bow in this increasingly competitive market.


The course will focus on live performance and we will actively work to showcase student-skills and deliver entertaining, interesting shows within the community.
As part of the course, we will put on some interesting and relevant events - with professional musicians and bands both performing, and delivering workshops.

  Entry Requirements

Four GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English and Mathematics.

  Work Experience

Work experience is vital in developing skills in the industry, itself, as well as giving you an opportunity to network and pave the way for future employment.
You will need to find 90 hours of work experience - this can be in a range of settings: music in schools, music production, events management, music recording, and so on. The list is endless! You can receive support in finding placements with our incredible WEX team.


Assessment is via practical performance and reflective journal writing, only (no exams).


The course is split into the diploma in the first year, and the extended diploma in the second year. Completion of both years gives you the equivalence of three A Levels. Completion of the extended diploma will enable you to apply for a vast range of universities. Our alumni have gone on to BIMM, Trinity Laban, Royal Academy of Music, Leeds Conservatoire and ACM.




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