Music Practitioner (Rock School – RSL) Subsidiary Diploma Level 3

This course prepares you for the music industry and you will develop both your theoretical and practical understanding of the business as a performer, technician or manager.

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2 Years


September 2020 start


Many of the music tutors are active musicians or producers and the music team have years of music industry experience, including management, performance and production.

You will study either the Performance or Technology pathway.

For the Music Performance pathway you will study 2 mandatory units:

  • Rehearsal skills and live music performance
  • Planning for a career in music
    • This unit will give you the knowledge as to how to increase your marketability and employability by understanding what is needed to develop the appropriate knowledge and skills and the timescales involved in the process.

You will also study 3-9 of 79 optional units, including:

  • Music performance to camera
    • The purpose of this unit is to enhance the development of the skills required to function effectively in future video productions.
  • Lead performer
    • This unit will provide you with opportunities to explore your own potential to develop in the role of a lead performer.
  • Session musician
    • This unit will provide you with opportunities to enhance the development of the skills required to function effectively as a session musician in a range of environments, both live and in the studio.
  • Music improvisation
    • This unit aims to develop theoretical knowledge, aural skills and practical skills for effective improvisation in a range of contexts and styles.
  • Auditioning for music
    • In this unit you will learn the techniques, forms and accepted procedures of auditioning, together with the development of your analytical and strategic thinking skills to increase your ability to audition successfully.
  • Improving instrumental performance
    • Through the use of established models you will work independently to develop an effective framework for your further development as an instrumentalist or vocalist, based around your own goals and objectives.
  • Practical musicianship
    • In this unit you will develop the foundations of a broad suite of musicianship skills, developed in context with practical, musical activity to formulate understanding of application and relevance.


For the Music Technology pathway you will study 2 mandatory units:

  • Live sound recording and sound reinforcement
    • You will plan and create the live recording of a piece of music as well as set up a performance-level PA system.
  • Planning for a career in music
    • This unit will give you the knowledge as to how to increase your marketability and employability by understanding what is needed to develop the appropriate knowledge and skills and the timescales involved in the process.

You will also study 3-9 of 78 optional units, including:

  • Music sequencing and production
    • This unit will enhance your ability to utilise the advanced functions of a sequencing package and put them into place.
  • Music sequencing and production (media)
    • The purpose of this unit is to explore the process of working with music and media as a consideration for working in the Media industry.
  • Digital recording and production
    • You will learn to record and use source material (instrumentation) to use as sample patches for future products.  The unit also focuses on the ability to plan and manage the recording process.
  • Studio audio mastering
    • Mastering is an essential post-production process in producing a commercially viable musical product.  You will use mastering equipment to develop and create two different mastered tracks to two different formats.
  • Mixing for surround sound
    • This unit aims to develop your understanding of mixing for surround sound, through a practical exploration of the concepts and methodologies associated with it.
  • Radio/podcast production
    • This unit aims to enable you to produce your own radio show or podcast by exploring the key factors when creating a podcast or radio show and to develop your skills in radio/podcast planning and production.
  • Music video production
    • You will have the opportunity to develop practical film making skills in the context of the music video.

Music Technology students have access to our three air-conditioned recording studios equipped with industry standard equipment, including:

  • Universal Audio Apollos,
  • Focusrite ISA 828,
  • Avid control surfaces,
  • KRK 2.1 monitoring,

If you do not want to bring your own guitar you can hire one from college, with a large number of electric, acoustic and bass guitars to choose from. There is also a performance space with stage, lights and full PA.

You will work in one of three recording studios. Studio 1 is a dedicated Pro Tools studio mainly used for tracking with a Control 24 desk, KRK monitors and a range of outboard. Studios 2 and 3 run Pro Tools and Logic with KRK monitoring and Euphonics MC Mix. You will also be working in one of our three Mac suites, where you will use Logic, Cubase, Reason and Sibelius to compose and produce music.

In the second year of the course you will have the opportunity to perform at local venues in Huddersfield. Music production students also do live sound for the shows and all students get involved in arranging gigs and events as part of the course.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of four GCSEs with the following grades:

  • English at 4 or above and Maths at 3 or above
  • Two other GCSEs at grade 4 or above

There are additional entry requirements depending on which pathway you choose:

You should be competent on your instrument and be at grade 3 or equivalent. If you have no formal music qualification you should have some experience of playing in a band. You will have a short audition at interview to assess your ability.

You should be competent with one of the popular music sequencing packages – Live, Logic or Cubase – and have maths GCSE at grade C. Playing an instrument or having a music qualification, such as GCSE music, is not essential but would be useful as you will be studying some music theory and practice.

Assessment Methods

You will be assessed with blogs, video diaries, presentations and reports, practical assessments and regular band performances (musicians only). Practical assessments and observations are done in the studios and rehearsal rooms. Students are expected to upload work to our Virtual Learning Environment and use SoundCloud to upload tracks and share work on SkyDrive.

Students are also assessed on performances in college and in venues around the Huddersfield area. Second year students host Industry Unplugged every yer at the Laurence Batley Theatre as part of the Music Events Management unit.


A degree in popular music or music production at many universities, including Huddersfield, Leeds and Leeds College of Music. The Academy of Contemporary Music and BIMM are both popular destination for the performing musicians.

A degree in music technology, media, multimedia, music business and other related subjects. Recent destinations for progressing students have included LIPA and SSR (School of Sound Recording), but many students prefer to study locally at the University of Huddersfield.

Work as freelance musicians/producers or play in local bands. Typical jobs in the music industry include:

  • session musician,
  • freelance recording engineer (studio, film TV, live sound),
  • record producer,
  • music management (manager, tour manager),
  • events manager,
  • music publishing (copyright, scoring),
  • composer (film/TV),
  • studio manager.

Fees & Funding

As a full time student, under the age of 19, you will not usually need to pay any course or examination fees. You will be asked to bring your own headphones and we recommend you buy a USB pen drive. Help may be available for students in financial difficulties. For more information contact, student support services, tel: 0500 162100.


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    Start date

    2020-09-07 00:00:00.000

    End date

    2022-06-25 00:00:00.000



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