Music Practitioner (Rock School – RSL) Subsidiary Diploma Level 2

This course is aimed at beginners through to semi-professionals and will enable direct progression into the industry or onto a higher level of study, such as our L3 Extended Diploma. The courses focuses on the recognition of achievement through practical musical and music technology skills.

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1 Year


September 2020 start


The course has two pathways: Performance and Technology.


Students on the Music Performance pathway study 2 mandatory units:

  • Live music performance
  • Improving instrumental performance

Additionally, you will study 6 of 34 optional units, including:

  • Arranging music (styles)
  • Composing lyrics
  • Music style in context
  • Music rehearsal skills
  • Recorded music performance
  • Auditioning for music
  • DJ skills
  • Practical musicianship


Students on the Music Technology pathway study 2 mandatory units:

  • Music sequencing and production
  • Sound production

Additionally, you will study 6 of 34 optional units, including:

  • Evolution of music technology
  • Sound reinforcement
  • Digital recording and production
  • Podcast production
  • Remixing and production
  • Creating music with mobile technology
  • Music video production
  • Using a digital audio workstation with a keyboard


You will develop your skills in our Mac suites and learn how to use Reason 7. All students have access to our studios running Pro Tools, Reason 7 and Logic.

If you choose the Performance option, you will rehearse in our air-conditioned rehearsal studios, which are fully equipped with vocal PA and full back-line (Fender, Line 6 and Ampeg amps, Nord keys and Mapex drums).

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 4 GCSEs with the following grades: English 3 and maths at 2 or above, and 2 other GCSEs grade 3 or above.

Assessment Methods

You will be assessed via a range of methods that suit our diverse learners. Where possible, work is submitted online, using the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) or by e-mail. There are also some practical assessments in the studios and the musicians are assessed during rehearsals and live performamces.

Fees & Funding

As a full time student, under age 19, you will not usually need to pay any course or examination fees.

You may need to pay some essential costs. You are expected to bring your own instrument (not drums) and headphones and 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

    2021-06-25 00:00:00.000



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