Course Overview 

Performance, offered through the Rock School Exam board, which also offers instrumental exams in contemporary styles for a range of instruments/voice. This two year course gives musicians the chance to develop their musical skills beyond GCSE level. Whilst there is an obvious focus on performance, units are selected to give a range of experiences including composition and theory work alongside activities such as eportfolio design and Music Video making.

With the focus of the course being performance, students need to be competent performers, who can play an instrument to a good standard (we are generally aiming for a Grade 5 and above standard).

There will be a mixture of written and practical work and  regular recording events to present coursework both in and out of school time. The language and traditions of music from many cultures is studied, as well as examples from a huge range of styles including Classical, Rock, Electronic, Folk and Jazz.

Examination Board:


Entry Requirements:

Ideally you will have a grade 4 in English Language.
You must have the required qualifications for the Advanced Pathway.

Course Level:

RSL Rock School – Level 3

Assessment Objectives

The Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Music (Performance) is run over two years and content is broken down into units. Each unit is worth a specific amount of credits and to successfully complete the course, you must complete 90 Credits.

Each assignment has a specific vocational context and a scenario in order to allow students to relate their studies to the working environment.

What skills will I develop?

Industry standard production skills through coursework and employer engagement
Managing entire projects to include musicians, studio time, equipment, mixdown time, showcasing.
Communication and listening skills through recruiting and working with recording artists as part of coursework and employer projects
AReal and relevant industry experience

How will I be assessed?

This is an externally assessed unit in which you continue tAll assessment is made through completion of assignments and coursework, with a formal performance scenario that students must record between January and March in Year two for external assessment; all other units are internally assessed and externally moderated over the two years.

Each unit has an assignment to complete in order to fulfil the individual unit requirements. Within assignments, tasks will be completed to PASS, MERIT or DISTINCTION level. Each individual assignment must be completed to at least a pass level in order to pass the whole unit.

On successful completion of a unit, points are awarded depending upon the level of completion and the credit value of the unit. At the end of the course, the points will be added from all completed units to make a combined total points score.

Is there anything else I should know?

Due to the course content it is advisable to have studied  Music; however, promising musicians who have a good  standard of performance but have not studied the subject in Year 11 should talk to the Music staff about their suitability for the course.

Progression Routes

The qualification can provide the UCAS points required to allow access to higher education courses including degrees and foundation degrees. Potential occupations include  opportunities in teaching, promotions, performance, studio work, publishing, music therapy and the media.