sixth form music college

Level 3 extended Diploma in Music Performance & Production

The Rhythm Studio’s full-time Music Performance & Production courses for 16 years + are designed to prepare students for a career in the music industry. Through practical work you will discover how to perform and produce the music you love. You will also learn what successful music professionals are doing now, as well as looking at how the industry has changed in the digital age and how it might develop in the future.

Students take a range of music performance, production and business units, as well as attending guest lectures and a work experience placement with one of our industry partners. Course modules include Setting Up A Music Business, Live Music Performance, Music Sequencing & Production, Studio Sound Recording, Session Musician and Mixing & Mastering.  On completion, students receive a Level 3 Extended Diploma, a nationally recognised qualification equivalent to 3 A-Levels.


A course for performers and producers aged 16+ who wish to develop practical skills for university and a career in the creative industries.  Students should have previous music experience at GCSE, Level 2, Grade 5 or similar.


The Level 3 Extended Diploma is a two-year full time programme, involving classes on 5 days per week during term-time.  


The entry requirement for this course is a minimum of five GCSEs at grades A-C (or equivalent) and a successful audition.  Applicants should prepare for: 

  • an interview

  • a portfolio presentation

  • an audition performance

  • a written assessment


In addition to the course units that make up your main qualification, students get assistance with Maths and English, tutorials, career advice and work experience placements.


You will be assessed through a combination of practical work, written assignments and group projects.


If you are aged 16-18 on 1st September of the academic year, and you have been resident in the UK / EU for the previous 3 years, you will be entitled to FREE TUITION.  Enrolment for students aged 19+ is based on payment of fees, however you may be entitled to a concessionary fee.  2018-2019 fees for Level 3 courses are £4,995 per year.


Once you have completed the course you can progress to university or directly into employment in the creative industries.  Take a look at which universities our students attend and check out our success stories.

“It was really good to have Albert in the studio today. Very talented! Would love to talk to you about potentially giving him a chance to have some more regular mentoring sessions at Kensaltown during the spring.”
—  Martin Terefe - Grammy Award winning producer, founder of Kensaltown Records