York College

Industry Insights


Up to £37,000

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Actors, entertainers and presenters

Up to £39,000

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Planning, process and production technicians

Up to £60,000

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Entry requirements

Please see our Entry Requirements page for general entry requirement guidance.

Students will be required to demonstrate instrumental playing or singing skills and musical knowledge sufficient to undertake a Level 3 Music course.


Two years.

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What will I study?

Equivalent to three A Levels, the Extended Diploma in Music Performance and Production is a practical route into a career in music. The course provides opportunities to develop the practical skills and theoretical knowledge required to work in the music industry.

You will learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations/activities and demands.

All students will take the following units:

  • Principles of music performance and production
  • Critical listening and music composition
  • Music industry and professional practice
  • Critical and contextual awareness for music performance and production
  • Music production in context
  • Music performance in context
  • Preparation for specialist study in music performance and production unit
  • Collaborative music performance project
  • Developing music performance and production skills
  • Exploration of specialist study in music performance and production
  • Preparing for progression in music performance and production
  • Project proposal for extended project in music performance and production
  • Extended project in music performance and production

How will I be assessed?

Students are assessed on a regular basis throughout the course, completing assignments which include both practical assignments and written work.


There is a £65 materials contribution. Students are also encouraged to take individual instrumental lessons from our visiting peripatetic music teachers. The lessons are charged at £150 per term.

What could it lead to?

Many of our students go on to study Music or related subjects at degree level including Music Performance, Song Writing, Live Sound Engineering, Studio Production, Composition or Music Events Management. The course is broad enough for students to go onto university to study related subjects such as Media, Theatre Studies or Journalism. Others go into the industry as performers, studio engineers, stage managers, backline technicians, composers, promoters or managers. Many career opportunities exist within cultural industries, media and other disciplines within the arts.

Students have gone on to study at a wide range of institutions, such as Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, The Royal Northern College of Music, Leeds College of Music, York St John University, University of Manchester and Brighton Institute of Modern Music.

Need some help?

If you have any further questions about this course, or would like us to help you with your application, please contact the Schools Liaison team on 01904 770239 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this webpage, the content is subject to change where necessary.

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