L2 Level 2
Full Time
2 September 2024 — 20 June 2025
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

About this course

Are you a budding musician, keen to pursue a career in the music industry? If so, our Level 2 Diploma for Music Practitioners is a great place to start. Aimed at musicians and producers wishing to gain a further understanding of the sector, this course will develop the fundamental skills and knowledge required to be successful in the industry. Taught at our City Centre Campus, this programme offers learners a taste of both Music Performance and Music Technology, covering a range of units at our state of the arts facilities. Students can expect to gain knowledge and develop skills in a number of key areas including:

  • Studio Recording
  • Event Planning & Promotion
  • Live Performance
  • Music Composition

Whilst the course is full time, students are only required to be in 2 days of the week. The timetable is currently spread across a Tuesday & Thursday. The programme is often seen as a pre-requisite to the BTEC Level 3 courses currently available, and gives students the prior knowledge needed in order to make an informed decision on their next step. Many students go on to study one of the following courses:

  • BTEC Level 3 Popular Music
  • BTEC Level 3 Music Technology

What you will study

Live Music Performance & Instrument Study

These units focus on live performance & instrument development– students will work towards a number of events across the academic year. This could include solo performances and/or performing as part of a band/group. Learners will also get the opportunity to develop themselves on their individual instrument(s).

Using a Keyboard with a DAW & Composing Music

These units focus on students developing their skills with Virtual Instruments. Using individual Digital Audio Workstations such as Cubase, pupils will learn the skills and techniques needed to create and compose their own music.

Digital Recording, Production & Live Sound Recording

These units are based in the Recording Studio. Students will learn the techniques involved in carrying out their own professional studio recording and live recordings. Using our state-of-the-art recording facilities, they will study a number of practical based units, learning about microphone choices, techniques and other important recording equipment.

Organising, marketing & promoting a Music Event

It is vital that students gain knowledge of how to organise and promote a Music Event. They will organise their own events throughout the year, looking at marketing & promotion techniques and all the planning elements involved in running a successful event.

Course fee per year

Studio Fees: £65.00

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs A* - D including English Language or Maths or a Level 1 qualification in this area. You must attend an interview. You must resit GCSE English Language or Maths if Grade D or less. Music students will be expected to undertake an audition.

Teaching and assessment

  • Continuous assessments including practical and written assessments

Important points

  • The College welcomes contact with parents/guardians of students who are under 18.
  • Additional support is available for students with learning difficulties and disabilities.
  • Cardiff and Vale College is committed to inclusion and values diversity. We are determined to promote equality of opportunity and to treat everyone fairly and with respect.
  • Cardiff and Vale College reserves the right to make changes to this course without prior notice.
  • Course fees are subject to change. Your fee will be confirmed prior to enrolment.
  • All courses are accurate at the time of upload or print.
  • Courses can only run if there are sufficient numbers.
  • Please note, if you choose three or more course choices, then you may be referred for a careers appointment first. This does not apply to A Level or GCSE choices.
Key information

Start date

2 September 2024

End date

20 June 2025

Time of day

Day Time

Full Time

18 hours per week


City Centre Campus, Cardiff
Maps & directions

Course code



RSL Level 2 Diploma For Music Practitioners
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What our students say

"I really enjoyed the course, I've been able to be creative and work with other artists. It's made me really happy!"

Vocational Access Case Study
Matthew Williams
Level 3 Music Student

Career prospects & further study

£5.2 billion

The music industry is worth £5.2billion to the UK economy and has a workforce of 190,000 (UK Music 2019).

Following the completion of this course you can progress onto either our BTEC Music course or BTEC Music (Production) course. These courses both cover a range of topics, which will develop your skills and knowledge of the sector and prepare you for your chosen area of music employment. 


City Centre Campus, Cardiff
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

City Centre Campus,

Dumballs Road,


CF10 5FE