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Level 3 Diploma in Music Performance and Production

A dynamic and practical music course designed to prepare you for entry into Higher Education or work within the music industry.
Course description: 

The Level 3 Music Diploma at City College Norwich has recently included these units:

  • Performance
  • Improvisation
  • Songwriting
  • Composing
  • History of popular music
  • Music technology and recording techniques
  • Sequencing
  • Marketing and promotion
  • Concert production and Staging
  • Sound and music for film
  • Working and developing as a musical ensemble
  • The sound and music industry
  • Music and society
  • Music theory and harmony
  • Music in the community
  • Listening skills for music technologists
  • Aural perception skills

You will take part in practical sessions in our new purpose built Creative Arts Building, where each room has a full drum kit, two guitar amps, bass and PA. You will use industry standard Apple Mac computers running Logic Pro X for recording, sequencing / music production in our well equipped recording studio and Music Tech suite.

You will have the opportunity to gain all the skills you need to progress on to higher education and beyond. As soon as you join the team you can expect to be treated as a performing musician. You will have your musical horizons challenged, and will need to be eager to progress with your playing, your understanding of music theory, and your willingness to understand the nature of the music business. To view recent productions and gigs check CCN Platform YouTube

During the course you are likely to:

  • Plan, create and lead performances in live gigs, concerts or theatre productions
  • Participate in recording sessions
  • Prepare for and attend rehearsals
  • Perform solo as well as collaborating with other musicians
  • Set up equipment and perform sound checks
  • Learn new music to extend repertoire
  • Play music from memory or score
  • Apply music theory and analysis to compositions
  • Use music technology in sequencing, arranging and song writing
Entry requirements: 

Applicants should have five GCSEs at grade A* - C , including English and Maths, or the BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Music, or equivalent.

Also, applicants must demonstrate a reasonable degree of musical literacy, equivalent to ABRSM or LLCM Grade IV Theory and performance and/or GCSE Music at grade A* - C.

Applicants will be required to attend an audition, at which they will be asked to demonstrate their ability to respond to a range of musical tasks.


This course is designed to develop a wide range of musicianship and academic skills and provide students with skills that will enable them to gain employment in the music industry, both locally, nationally, now and in the future.


The vast majority of assessment is coursework based, either through recordings, performances, essays or similar written assignments. Performances take place throughout the year at City College Norwich or in a range of venues around the city. Recent venues have included; The Marquee, Bedfords, Take 5, The Brickmakers, Ten Bells, Epic, The Forum, Norwich Arts Centre, The Playhouse and Hog in Armour.

Academic progression: 

Successful completion of this course serves as a progression route, in the first instance, to the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music; then to higher education in music or a related course. Recent students have gone on to Leeds College of Music, Goldsmiths, Derby University, BIMM, Huddersfield University, Southampton University, Keele University, UEA, as well as higher education courses here at City College Norwich.

Career progression: 

This course provides a great preparation for a career in the music industry and is designed to enable students to gain useful paid employment in performance, recording, music management, and teaching. Students will work with industry-based tutors, all of whom earn through well established musical careers.

This is a Level 3 course:
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Course: Performing and Creative Arts
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Start date: 
Tuesday, 1 September 2015
One year.