Music Performance - Extended Diploma Level 3 (Full-time)

Level 3 - A Level or BTEC National or IB or NVQ Level 3 or Equivalent

Subject Area Music

School Creative and Digital Technologies

Attendance Full-Time


This course is designed for people wanting to pursue careers in the rapidly evolving music and multimedia production industries.

The course comprises workshops, lessons, master classes, ensemble and solo performance opportunities, lectures and seminars as well as business skills and real world projects.

Everything you do will be industry related, forging links between academic study, the development of technical skills and the business itself.

During your studies academic tutors and professional musicians of international esteem will help develop students’ skills in performance, in a wide range of styles and techniques.

In the second year of the course, you will be introduced to studio recording and will further develop skills using computer software whilst still developing skills in creative composition across the wide spectrum of music media and its various roles in the industry.

The second year curriculum gives you the opportunity to personalise your learning experience in order to enhance the chance of realising your full potential.


This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: September 2018. For further information, please call 0191 200 4000 or email
Duration: 2 Years
Venue: Performance Academy, Rye Hill Campus

Who the course is for

This course is designed for those wanting to develop careers in the music profession and related industries. Students can choose to specialise more in the second year in either Performance or Production.

Qualification Gained

The course leads to the following qualification: Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music.  The programme is equivalent to 3 A Levels (with a maximum 360 UCAS points being available for this programme).

"I loved this course as it gave me the confidence to perform live in front of an audience. You improve constantly from the regular constructive feedback from tutors."

Tina Reid
Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music (Advanced Music Programme in Performance and Production)

How to Apply


Click on the "Apply for this course" button at the bottom of this page.

In Person

Come along to our Student Services Office, located within Armstrong Building. Alternatively, visit an Open Event at our Rye Hill Campus, click here for dates and times.


You can download an application here and post it FREE to:

Newcastle College
Rye Hill Campus
Scotswood Road
Newcastle upon Tyne

Alternatively call 0191 200 4000 and we will send you an application form.

Course Content

For the first year of the course you will have the  opportunity to gain experience across the full spectrum of music industry related activity.

There is an equal mix of performance and music production units, as well as contextual work.

In the second year you will continue to develop skills learnt in the first year, including continuing to study creative composition but you will develop new skills in recording and further develop the use of up-to-date computer software (Apple Logic Pro).  

All students will be required to plan and realise projects with a specific market in mind, whether it be mainstream popular music genres, media based formats such as composition for moving image or producing recording work to a high professional standard.

Learning Methods

The course is very practical and you will be spending the majority of your time in rehearsal rooms, studios, music venues and other creative spaces.

Studying and learning the knowledge and theory elements of the course inevitably means that some time will be spent in classrooms, lecture theatres and IT suites, but even there the emphasis is on practical application.

Some of your learning will be through e-learning and the course makes extensive use of Blackboard, the college's intranet site.

Assessment Methods

The majority of your assessment will be based on the evidence that you collect through your practical activity and will include recordings, performance videos and other similar evidence.

However, you will be required to write reports, keep logs and notes of meetings and discussions, make presentations, and provide written and verbal responses to questions. Assessment material and assignment briefs will be available on the course's Blackboard site.

Progression Opportunities

On successful completion of this course you could progress onto a Higher Education programme including those offered below at Newcastle College including: Foundation Degree in Popular Music, Foundation Degree in  Music Production, Foundation Degree in Sound Engineering, Foundation Degree in Stage Management and Technical Theatre.

Career Opportunities

The programme is designed to give you the variety and type of skills and knowledge that will help you to succeed, whatever career path you eventually follow.

The career options within the business are not limited to the more obvious choices of performer or producer, but include work in community music project leading, artist/band management, retail and music teaching. Some of these will require further study.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSEs at A* to C, including maths and English and preferably a vocationally relevant subject. However, those who do not have a vocationally relevant subject must be able to demonstrate advanced ability at audition.

Those without relevant maths and English qualifications will be required to gain those qualifications whilst on the course.

If English is not your first language, you will also need IELTS 5.0. together with a satisfactory reference.

Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, contact Student Services, based in Armstrong House at Rye Hill Campus. If you need information in another format (e.g. large print) or another language, please ask.

Student Services
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 8.30am - 4.30pm
Wednesday and Friday: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Monday - Friday: 8am - 4.30pm

Telephone Contact Centre
Monday - Thursday: 8.30am - 5pm
Friday: 8.30am - 4.30pm

You can also contact us via the following:

In person: Student Services, Armstrong House, Rye Hill Campus, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA.
By phone: (0191) 200 4000 By fax: (0191) 200 4517 By minicom: (0191) 272 3304
By e-mail:
By post: Student Services, Newcastle College, FREEPOST NT920, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA (you do not need a stamp). 

Course Costs

Many courses require students to have specialist equipment or materials and there are other additional costs which should be noted.

For this course, the essential equipment for all students is as follows: A4 Ring Binders, Manuscript paper, A4 lined paper, plastic wallets, pens, pencils, rubbers, Quality Stereo Headphones (closed back with stereo 1/4" jack adapter), USB memory stick, CD-R's and DVD-R's for backing up and storing work. You will also be required to buy a music theory book and instrumental repertoire books but you will be advised of this at the start of the course. Specialist equipment is listed below.

Guitar/Bass players - Leads (x2), Strap, Strings, Picks.

Vocalists -  Microphone and XLR lead.

Drummers -  Clutch, Sticks, Hotrods, Cymbals, Pedal. 

Additional Course Costs

16 to 18s

Tuition is free for learners aged 16 to 18. A learner will continue to be eligible for free tuition for the duration of their qualification, this includes Year 2 of a qualification if the learner was aged 16-18 when they started in Year 1. Additional financial support may also be available for full-time learners, please call our Student Services team on 0191 200 4000 for more information.

Please note, if you are applying from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland you may be subject to different funding rules than students who live in England. Depending on your age and type of course you choose you may be liable for fees, even if you are under 19. Please contact Student Services on0191 200 4000 to discuss your eligibility with a Student Adviser.