Music - RSL Subsidiary Diploma for Music Practitioners

Arts, Media and Publishing

Arts, Media and Publishing
Arts, Media and Publishing
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Qualification Type National Diploma (BTEC)
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


You will enjoy this course if you have a keen interest in Music Performance and are looking to improve understanding of the vital skills required to start a professional career or move on to further study at university. At the end of this two year course, you will be awarded a subsidiary diploma which is equivalent to one and a half A-levels.


Students will complete two core units, one of which is externally assessed (33%) and one of which is internally assessed. The core units are:
Rehearsal and Performance (30 credits)
Planning a Career in Music (15 credits)
In addition, a number of other units will be chosen. Optional units have a value of 5, 10 or 15 credits and must add up to a total value of 90 credits.

How will it be delivered?

You will be assessed both externally and internally through performance and written assessment.

Entry requirements

Evidence of previous music experience is preferable. This could be a Level 2 qualification, such as GCSE Music or a BTEC first; proficiency on an instrument and/or knowledge of music theory. You should also be able to demonstrate strong musicianship and technical awareness. A GCSE grade 5 or higher in English is also preferable.

Your next steps...

Successful completion of this course would support university progression or work within a music environment. Key skills learnt on this course are transferable. 

University opportunities include: BA (Hons) Music, BA (Hons) Performing Arts, BA (Hons) Music Industry Management.  

Career opportunities include: Events Manager, Radio Broadcaster, Community Arts worker, private Music Teacher and Secondary School teacher.