RSL Level 3 Extended Diploma Music Practitioners


This is an internationally recognised qualification with regular updates to mirror the developments within the music industry. It is written and developed by industry specialists with education professionals. Fully-accredited by OfQual and DfES, it is the equivalent to 3 A-levels with an outcome of up to 168 UCAS points.

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Level 3 Extended Diploma Music Practitioners
Professional Tutors
Regional Centres
• Undertake a key role in a band
• Engage in a recorded music performance
• Gain experience as a session musician
• Compose and perform your own music
• Collaborate with others to create original music
• Develop and refine your lyric writing skills
• Record, mix and master your music
• Explore MIDI sequencing, dynamic processors, analogue synthesis, equalisation and filters
• Experience live sound engineering, setting up and mixing live bands



  • Pathway specific tuition with professional musicians
  • Get up-to-date with today’s music industry and how it operates
  • Market and release your own music
  • Gain first-hand knowledge in masterclass lessons from industry professionals


You will be able to progress directly onto degree level study. During your time with us, besides meeting some fantastic friends and musicians, you would have gained transferable skills such as time-management, communication and teamwork, as well as building a portfolio of work.

Entry Requirements

Minimum of 5 GCSEs grade 4 or above including Maths and English, plus a successful audition and interview. Students with special educational needs may be exempt from the minimum requirement of GCSEs.

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RSL Contemporary Arts
New College Swindon

Level: 3
Length: 2 years
Fees: Funded for ages 16-18
Study Locations:
Exeter • Gateshead • Southampton • Swindon

Audition & Interview

Our qualifications require a successful audition and interview to enrol onto a course, but don’t be nervous! The auditions are on a 1-1 basis to assess your future potential to see what you can do, rather than what you can’t. It’s a great chance for you to see the centre, meet our fantastic tutors and ask any questions. You’re coming to us to learn and improve your skills, so we appreciate everyone has their strengths.

How to Apply
This course is only available in England. You can apply by filling out the application form below or contacting your choosen centre.