RSL Subsidiary Diploma for Music Practitioners Level 3

Key Information

Subject Area

Subject Area
Music, Drama and Dance



Mode of Study
Mode of Study
Full Time

Blaenau Gwent Learning Zone

Start Date

Start Date
06 September 2022

*Enrolment still open


1 year

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

You'll need a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C or above to include either Maths or English/Welsh 1st Language; or an appropriate Level 2 Diploma qualification at Merit grade.

In a nutshell

The Rock School Level 3, combined with the excellent facilities at the Blaenau Gwent Learning Zone, will offer you an excellent learning experience where you can gain the knowledge and specific skills needed to meet the requirements of this exciting industry.

This course is for you if...

... You want a career in the music industry
... You want both the knowledge and practical skills for the industry
... You aspire to a related course at university

What will I be doing?

The flexibility and range of units cover a breadth of relevant disciplines. You’ll be able to gain recognition of your achievements through practical musical skills alongside your theory-based study.

Year 1

RSL Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma for Music Practitioners

  • Live music performance
  • Music rehearsal skills
  • The session musician
  • Music sequencing and production
  • Music event management
  • Music event health and safety
  • Composition

Year 2

RSL Level 3 Extended Diploma for Music Practitioners

  • Studio sound recording
  • Live sound engineering
  • Planning for a career in music
  • Music dissertation
  • Recorded music performance
  • Music promotion
  • Development of music recording technology

To develop your practical skills, you’ll have access to a studio with state-of-the-art digital equipment. You'll be encouraged to take part in numerous music events throughout the UK.

You’ll be assessed through exams, portfolio, coursework and practical assessments and you’ll achieve:

  • RSL Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma for Music Practitioners (Year 1)
  • RSL Level 3 Extended Diploma for Music Practitioners (Year 2)
  • Welsh Baccalaureate
  • Skills Activities
  • Maths and English
  • Other relevant qualifications to enhance your skill set

What is expected of me?

You'll need a minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade C or above, to include either Maths/Maths Numeracy or English/Welsh First Language, or an appropriate Level 2 Diploma qualification at Merit Grade.

You need to have a keen interest in music and have the enthusiasm and drive to develop your practical skills. Full commitment to attendance is required, as well as respect for others, enthusiasm for the subject and self-motivation. You should also have the enthusiasm and positive attitude that future employers will be looking for.

There’s an expectation that you’ll continue your studies and coursework during your own time. You’ll also be expected to attend as many events as possible and network with as many people as you can.

What comes next?

You could progress to a music-related course at university or enter employment in areas such as live sound, lighting, AMP or Drum Tech or performing at semi-pro level.

Additional information

Guitarists will need their own guitar or bass. All students will need a guitar lead and drumsticks.

Blaenau Gwent Learning Zone
(Full Time)
Start Date: 06 September 2022

All courses may be subject to change and cancelled if deemed not viable to run.

Have any questions or are not sure if this is the right course for you?

Contact our Student Recruitment team