Priestley offers you three options when you take the vocational pathway. They are the equivalent of one A-Level (single) or two A-Levels (double) and with these two qualifications you will be expected to combine Music with at least one other subject. For those of you seriously considering a career in Music we recommend the ‘Triple’ option, which is the equivalent of three A-Levels.
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Qualification: Certificate at the end of Year 1. Extended Certificate at the end of Year 2.
Qualification: Extended Certificate at the end of Year 1. Diploma at the end of Year 2.
Qualification: Subsidiary Diploma at the end of Year 1. Extended Diploma at the end of Year 2.
Apply for L3 RSL 1 blk Yr1
(equivalent to one A-Level over two years)
Apply for L3 RSL 2 blk Yr1
(equivalent to two A-Levels over two years)
Apply for L3 RSL 3 blk Yr1
(equivalent to three A-Levels over two years)
Learn more about your options
There are three units if you opt for Performance, three units covering Production and if you choose the Extended pathway there will be a further two units. You can read about these options in more detail by following the links below.
Reasons to study this course
- You are a talented and confident performer as an instrumentalist or vocalist.
- You have an interest in listening to, and analysing, music.
- You are interested in performing music as a soloist, in an ensemble, or multitrack recording.
- You want to improve your instrumental or vocal skills to reach your full potential.
- You want to pursue a career in the music industry.
- Can be combined with Music Production to create a two A-Level equivalent combined course.
- You may also choose to top this up to the equivalent of three A-Levels by taking Music Production and the Extended Music option.
What you will need to study this course
It is likely you will have studied an instrument or vocals in one-to-one lessons either privately or at school. You may have studied GCSE or BTEC music at school although this is not a strict requirement. A basic knowledge of music theory is an advantage along with an ability to read musical scores, chord sheets or tabs.
What you will study
Solo and ensemble performance, rehearsal skills and techniques, performing for a multitrack recording and session musicianship.
How you will be assessed
Coursework. It is important to note that although there are no written exams, your written work will be an essential part of your course and strict deadlines will be set for handing in these assignments.
Priestley has strong connections within the music and events industry. We have regular talks and workshops with industry professionals such as music producers, product specialists and touring sound engineers who are all working at the highest level. Five-day residential at world-famous Rockfield studios where Queen recorded Bohemian Rhapsody.
University specialising in a range of music pathways including performance, production, composition, event management, music business and music journalism.
Edge Recording Studio
What an experience for our Music students who got a taste of what it is like to be a professional musician during a visit to Edge Recording Studio which has previously hosted bands such as New Order, 5 Seconds of Summer and The Script.