RSL Music Practitioners Diploma Level 3


Why Study Music?

Studying music can gives you a mix of technical, social and business skills. Music is an opportunity to express yourself. You will gain skills of problem solving, research, creativity, planning, analytical and critical thinking.

Studying music is a discipline and students need to be self-motivated in order to practice a musical instrument, record a musical instrument or create a composition using technology.

Through music you will gain more confidence, composure under pressure, time management, communication, team and individual working ability.

What will I study?

The Rockschool (RSL) Music Practitioners Subsidiary Diploma Level 3 is the equivalent of one A level and is the perfect route into the music industry as a performer, song writer, producer or management roles. The course consists of a number of units graded Pass, Merit and Distinction ranging from recording studio experience to live performing, event management and instrumental skills development. There are two compulsory units consisting of Planning a Career in Music and either Live Musical Performance skills/ a set of compositions you make on the computer/multi track recording. This last unit is marked externally by an examiner. All other units are marked internally and the grades moderated by the exam board.

You will need to be self-motivated, self-reliant and a good independent learner as the course is designed to set you up for a real career in the music industry.

How will I study?

Throughout the course you will complete 5 units of work which are all coursework based and internally assessed apart from one unit of work which is externally assessed by the examination board and held in January in Year 13. Grading is Pass (E), Merit (C) and Distinction (A).



What do I need to start the course?

Ideally GCSE music or a Vocational qualification. If this is not the case then it is essential you can play or sing to a confident standard if you are choosing the performance pathway of the course. You will need to be committed to the course and have a passion for music that can be shown whether it be through making your own music or being able to play a musical instrument to a high standard. Knowledge of how to use Logic Pro X or FL Studio or Cubase would be an advantage.


Where could it lead?

Many students progress to music colleges such as BIMM, SAE (Shoreditch), Academy of Contemporary Music (Clapham, Guildford and Birmingham), LCCM (London Bridge), University of West London, Institute of Contemporary Music and Production (Kilburn). Alternatively internships within the music industry are available but highly sought after.


Student View

“With the newly refurbished equipment of the music department. Music has become the most fascinating subject to me and everyone in my class in the entire school.

In class you can use your own creativity which other subjects do not allow you to do as much at this level of education. There are many opportunities for performances both in and out of school.

There are opportunities to visit inspirational music associations, record labels and universities to see where my music career can progress.”