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Coombe Dean School

Coombe Dean School


Music Level 3 Diploma 

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Exam board: RSL 

Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma for Music Practitioners (Performance Pathway) 

Entry Requirements N/A 

Skills required 

This course is suited to musicians who work well independently as all of the work is coursework. If you get your best results working over a period of time rather than in an exam situation then this is the course for you. Learners should be able to play an instrument or sing to a performance standard. 

Course outline 

This course is worth 1.5 A-Levels and trains learners in a range of musical and vocational disciplines. Learners will continue in areas they are familiar with such as performance and musical arrangements and will develop new skills from scratch like studio engineering and business planning. Students are encouraged to also pursue work experience opportunities with local professionals.  

This course combines practical ability with planning and reflective skills to develop rounded musicians and learners. This overwhelming focus of this course is performance and development. There is no theory unit. 

Student testimony 

This course is amazing for any aspiring musician and covers a range of valuable skills. It has been fantastic for my confidence as a musician whilst adding plenty of new skills to my repertoire. It is the perfect combination of independent learning and classroom teaching, with amazing support all the way through. It comes with a high number of UCAS points and I honestly cannot recommend Level 3 Music at Coombe Dean any more highly to anyone with a passion for music. 

Career paths 

Music is a subject which develops a huge number of transferable skills, making it beneficial to students who want to go into the world of work or onto further study at university. With a weighting of 1.5 A-Levels, this course is very valuable in terms of UCAS points (a Merit equates to an A grade at A-Level and a Distinction or Distinction* achieves more UCAS points than an A-Level offers). Whether you want to progress onto a career in music or another field, a vocational course such as this opens a host of doors. 

Past students who have studied this course have gone on to the following career paths: -  

  • Music Studio CEO 
  • Professional Performing Musician 
  • Music Teacher 
  • Primary School Teacher 
  • Cruise Ship Performer 
  • Internship with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra 
  • Music Degree – (Including Russell Group Universities and Oxbridge applicants) 
  • Psychology Degree 
  • Science Degree (this student has reported that the transferable skills developed in Music have been very beneficial to studying in a different field) 
  • Music Technician 
  • Studio Engineer 
  • Musical Director of a Theatre Company 

Course outline/assessment 

No exam 

100% Coursework 

30% Externally Assessed 

70% Internally Assessed 


385 Improving Instrumental Performance 

387 Rehearsing and Performing 

362 Lead Performer 

303 Music Arrangements 

370 Studio Sound Recording