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Kendal College Music Department provides the ideal balance of music performance and technology. A modern working musician needs a unique set of skills to support their creative outlets.

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Sebastian Harper | Level 3 Diploma in Music

The level of independence here lets you express yourself; a very important thing in music. It’s a great experience performing in front of a lot of people at the College gigs which are really professionally done. Another great opportunity is having a professional recording studio that you can use any time for free; you can improve your skills or record a song.

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Course Overview

This two-year course is equivalent to 3 A-Levels and is worth up to 168 UCAS points (Triple Distinction*) or 144 UCAS points (Triple Distinction). UCAS have recently changed the UCAS Tariff from September 2017 so they could include more qualifications. The new Tariff points are lower than the original Tariff points but the value remains the same, as universities will just use lower Tariff numbers in their entry requirements than in previous years.

This course will give you the knowledge, underpinning skills and experience in order to succeed in the creative and media industries and to progress to higher-level study. All applicants will be required to audition for this course by instrumental or vocal performance; you should have an active interest in music performance and composition, and be willing to work creatively as a member of a team.

During the course you will study: Music Performance Techniques; Solo and Ensemble Performance Studies; Music Business; Music Sequencing; Live Sound Engineering; Music Composition; Popular Music Historical Studies; Music Theory and Harmony; Recording Studio Practice and Music Technology in Performance. A residential visit is also part of the course. Throughout your course you will also develop skills in enterprise and presentation of your work.

There are progression routes to degree level courses in a wide variety of areas including BA Hons in Music Performance, Music Technology, Entertainment Technologies and Media Production. This course has also led our students to a diverse range of other degrees including Media Production, Technical Theatre and Event Management.

All of our learners will be given support with their English and Maths skills where relevant to their main course. Those students who have not yet achieved a Grade 4 (or C) at GCSE in these subjects will continue to work towards these important qualifications at a level suited to them. However, students will still have to achieve the stated Entry Requirements before they start the course.

You will study a wide range of units/subject areas appertaining to the music industry. The facilities at the college are industry standard and will allow you to create and learn in a very professional environment.

Coursework, Portfolio of Evidence, Practical Demonstration/Assignment

Entry Requirements

Five GCSE at Grade 4 or above, including English or Maths and Music or similar; or a Level 2 (First) Diploma in Music at Merit or Distinction. You will also be required to audition for this programme.

NB: Enrolment on this course is dependent on meeting the Entry Requirements stated above.

After Your Course

Progression to higher education in a wide variety of programmes can include BA (Hons) in Music Performance, Music Tech, Media Production, and New Media.

There are many, many transferable skills you will adopt along the way, giving you the opportunity to branch out into many different areas of employment.



Course fees are per year for full-time & degree-level courses, and per course for part-time ones. The current full-time & degree-level fee information is related to the 2020/21 academic year and is subject to change before the start of the course. Fees for 2021/22 will be updated in the Spring Term 2021. There may also be additional costs associated with the course.

This course is funded by the government and may be free if you are:

  • Aged 16-18 on 31/08/20
  • Aged 19-23 on an Entry Level or Level 1 course with intent to progress to a Level 2 course
  • Aged 19-23 on your first full Level 2 or Level 3 course
  • Aged 19-23 on your first Level 4 course (if you haven’t already got a Level 3 qualification)
  • Aged 19+ on Functions Skills or GCSE English or Maths
  • Unemployed and in receipt of JSA/ESA(WRAG)/Universal Credit or another eligible state benefit on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course
  • Member of a low income household & in financial hardship on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course

Level 3-6 Courses for Adults

Advanced Learning Loans are available for students aged 19+ and studying an eligible Level 3/4/5 and 6 Course. If you are on an Access course, the loan will be written off if you complete a degree.

Please speak to Student Services for more information on course fees.