Music (Performance)

L3 Level 3
Full Time
4 September 2023 — 21 June 2024
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

About this course

If you are keen to pursue an exciting career in the music industry, our Level 3 Foundation and Extended Diploma in Music (Performance) is a great place to start.  The Diploma is a two-year full-time course, is run at our City Centre Campus and is aimed specifically at performing musicians.   The Diploma will also prepare learners for Higher Education studies in music related courses.  The course will focus on the following four main topics, which include:

  • Music Skills Development
  • The Music Industry
  • Personal Music Profile
  • Collaborative Music Project

What you will study

Learners can also expect to gain in depth knowledge and understanding of group performances and the rehearsal process, event planning and understanding how the music industry works, all whilst developing skills in theory, composition and listening skills.

During the course, you will study a wide range of modules including:

  • Music Performance Techniques & Session Styles
  • The Sound & Music Industry
  • Music and Society
  • Composing Music
  • Music Theory, Harmony and Listening Skills
  • Solo Music Performance Skills
  • Working & Developing as a Musical Ensemble

Many students go on to study music and specialise in their instrument or apply their transferable skills to a relatable subject at a University of their choice.

Learners will also be studying the Welsh Baccalaureate as part of their programme of study, which also includes weekly tutorial and e-tutorial sessions.

Course fee per year

Registration Fee Payable on Enrolment: £0.00

Studio Fees: £65.00

Entry Requirements

5 GCSE’s A*-C including English Language and Maths or a Level 2 Diploma in this discipline at Merit grade or higher, combined with English and Maths GCSE’s at grade C or above.  All applicants must attend an interview and audition.

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

4 September 2023

End date

21 June 2024

Time of day

Day Time

Full Time

18 hours per week


City Centre Campus, Cardiff
Maps & directions

Course code



Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Music


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

£4.5 billion

The music industry is worth £4.5 billion to the UK economy and has grown by 2% since 2017 (UK Music 2018).

Need to know



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City Centre Campus, Cardiff
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

City Centre Campus,

Dumballs Road,


CF10 5FE