RSL Level 2 Subsidiary Diploma for Music Practitioners

Level 2 Diploma in Modern Music

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A 1-year full-time diploma available at:

On this one-year course, you’ll receive expert tuition in playing your instrument while developing live performance skills.

You’ll gain knowledge of different styles of music, and an understanding of what makes the music industry tick. Everything on the course will be delivered by BIMM’s expert lecturers, who are all prominent music industry professionals with years of experience in the business.


You’ll have a fantastic time studying a subject you feel passionate about, collaborating creatively with fellow aspiring musicians and connecting with the industry. As a BIMM Institute student, many exciting ‘money can’t buy’ networking opportunities will come your way, such as end-of-term gig performances, Masterclasses with global musicians and many more.

UK and EU students aged 18 and under are eligible for funding (subject to academic requirements and previous study).

To make your way as a performer, connect with us, and we’ll connect you to a life in music.


Course Specification

Mode of attendance: Full-time

Length of course: 1 year

Awarding institution: RSL

Campus delivery: Brighton

Language of study: English

Final award and exit awards:RSL Level 2 Diploma for Music Practitioners

Admissions Criteria: Two GCSEs at D or above, Trinity Grade 3 equivalent or above playing skills.

Minimum Requirements

Two GCSES at grade D/3 or above and grade 3 equivalent playing skills. You will be required to attend an audition to determine your playing level.

Overseas students where English is not their native language must meet a minimum English Language requirement of IELTS 6.0, with no lower than 5.5 to have been achieved in each band.


The diploma is a great gateway to either taking your first steps in a music industry career or continuing with study in the form of an Artist Development Diploma at BIMM Institute or eventually a BIMM Institute degree.

Course Fees

Diplomas are free for UK students aged 18 years and under, providing funding requirements have been met.

Module names and structure may be subject to change.

This unit involves planning for key performances at a local and national level. Topics studied include rehearsal technique, promotion, marketing, leadership, venues and promoters, tour management, stage management, and budgeting.

This unit is a study of the sounds and styles of some of the world’s most influential guitarists in order to broaden the range of the student’s stylistic knowledge.

This unit aims to provide the necessary tools to enable you to construct a body of finished songs and lyrics, based on your own creative ideas. Having a grasp of the mechanics of songwriting is essential for any serious musician.

A good technique is essential if a more efficient and accurate execution of musical ideas is the aim. Musicians will be taken through a logical technical study path, to facilitate better technique.

This unit encourages the preparation of songs to the standard of a professional band/artist, teaching students how to deconstruct a part and prepare it for the LPW class. Parts, arrangement, tone and performance will all be analysed and worked on, with the emphasis on simplicity being taken to a very high standard, and attention to detail being paramount.

This unit is about making the songs studied in Pre-Production work in a live setting. Students learn to communicate ideas with other musicians and the audience, with the focus on a tight, well-arranged and professional performance.

Practical music industry knowledge that will help students plan their career. Musicians will be taken through all aspects of the music industry, including record and publishing deals, management, music synchronisation, legal issues, copyright, music teaching, live music, business plans, etc.

This unit is an opportunity for students to reflect on how their study is progressing, getting guidance from their tutor on their coursework and performance assessment.

Any questions?

For any questions regarding our courses or if you’d like more information on how to apply to BIMM Institute, please contact our Admissions Team on 0344 2 646 666 or email [email protected].


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