Music Practitioners - Level 2 Subsidiary Diploma (Full-Time) (16-18)

Level 2 – GCSE or BTEC or NVQ Level 2 Equivalent

Subject Area Music

Attendance Full-Time


This exciting course is aimed at students who want to learn the skills to become a Music Practitioner.

Within the course you are given the option of one of two specialist pathways

Music Performance Pathway - developed for the Musician who wishes to perform on stage and develop vocational instrumental/vocal skills

DJ & Electronic Music Production: developed for the individual who wishes to become a Producer, Engineer or DJ


This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: September 2021. For further information, please call 0191 200 4000 or email
Duration: Flexible

Who the course is for

The course is for aspiring musicians who wish who wish to gain skills within Production and Performance areas of the Music industry.

The course develops skills within pathways but in addition, covers key areas of the Music business. 

Qualification Gained

RSL Level 2 Subsidiary Diploma for Music Practitioners, which is equivalent to 5 GCSEs.

The course leads to the RSL Level 3 Extended Diploma for Music Practitioners.

This course has pathways within:

Music Performance, Music Technology or DJ & Electronic Music

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 House. Alternatively, visit an Open Event at our Rye Hill Campus, click here for dates and times.


Applications received for Art and Design and Digital Arts courses will require an interview and portfolio check.

Course Content

You will be graded on areas such as your performance, promotion, recording and programming your original tracks. There are academic elements to the course, for example, researching and writing about record labels and the music industry.

Units may include:

  • Music Marketing and Promotions
  • Live Performance
  • Music Sequencing
  • Using a Digital Audio Workstation
  • Sound Reinforcement
  • Instrumental Study

Your course also includes functional skills. Functional skills are practical skills in English, information and communication technology (ICT) and mathematics that allow you to work confidently, effectively and independently in life, your community and work.

Possessing these skills will help you to progress in education, training and employment and make a positive contribution in the community in which you live and work.

As well as functional skills being embedded into all aspects of your course you will receive a dedicated functional skills lesson to enable you to develop your skills in one or two of the three functional skills.

Learning Methods

This is a vocational course which concentrates on developing skills within your Pathway. You are expected to complete written work as part of your assessment which maybe paired with practical activities.

Assessment Methods

You will be assessed using a variety of assessment methods, including practical work i.e. programming of music tracks, your music productions, DJing, radio shows, and written work.

We also use video to capture this evidence and online evidence such as SoundCloud, YouTube and Facebook etc.

Progression Opportunities

On successful completion of this course you can progress to the RSL Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma for Music Practitioners.

The above course is a 2 year full time course and is equivalent to 3 full A levels.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities can include many roles in the music industry and wider entertainment industries such as radio, television, advertising, film & computer games.

  • Sound Enginner
  • DJ
  • Producer 
  • Composer

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have achieved GCSE Grade 3 (or D) in both English and Maths.

In addition to the above, there will also be an interview/audition, which will be dependent on your chosen Pathway 


Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, you can contact Student Services by using the LiveChat function on this page, by emailing or by telephoning 0191 200 4000. We are currently open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm.


Course Costs

16 to 18s

Learners are eligible for free tuition if they are aged 16-18 when beginning their studies.

If the course being applied for is a two-year qualification, you will continue to be eligible for free tuition for the remainder of the course.

If the course being applied for is two separate one-year qualifications and you begin studying year one of the course aged 18, you will be required to pay fees for the second year.

If you are aged 18 when beginning the course, it is advised that you talk to our Student Services Team on 0191 200 4000 or by email who will be able to explain the options available.

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 on 0191 200 4000 to discuss your eligibility.