RSL Level 3 Diploma for Music Practitioners

Level 3 Diploma in Popular Music Performance

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A 1-year full-time diploma available at:

The diploma in popular music performance course is a vocational one-year intensive study programme that will equip you with the necessary and current musical and employability skills needed to commence work in the music industry.

All lessons and assignments are designed to develop aspiring performers and artists by focusing on performance skills, instrumental technique, songwriting, technology in performance and developing musical aptitude and appreciation. Performers will also study the music industry and understand how to connect it with their career goals developing vital communication skills whilst exploring collaborative projects.

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You will have the opportunity to learn in a creative and innovative environment where you will develop strong connections with other musicians, artists, and entrepreneurs, guided by industry professionals that teach to the highest standards and a guest programme of prominent music industry professionals to help steer you towards a life and career in music.

Successful completion of the course will gain you a nationally recognised RSL Level 3 Diploma qualification, providing you with a firm steppingstone into Higher Education; this is the equivalent of 2 A levels.

The course is designed to develop both the academic and creative qualities found in all music professionals, exposing you to many opportunities to build upon your existing knowledge and skill and shaping you into a high-level performer that controls their own career path.

This is a unique bespoke opportunity to fine tune or kick start your career to make your way as a live music professional, connect with us, and we’ll connect you to a life in music as a performer.


Course specification

Mode of attendance: Full-time

Length of course: 1 year

Awarding institution: RSL

Campus delivery: London

Language of study: English

Final award and exit awards: RSL Level 3 Diploma for Music Practitioners (Performance pathway)

Admissions Criteria: Five GCSE qualifications with a minimum grade of C/4, including English Language and Maths and Grade 4-6 equivalency playing skills.

Minimum requirements

Five GCSE qualifications with a minimum grade of C/4, including English Language and Maths.

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


Graduates can progress directly to employment in the music industry in roles such as a solo performer, band member, session musician, backing vocalist or songwriter. Alternatively, they can continue their study with BMus (Hons) Popular Music Performance at BIMM Institute London.

Course fees

Because we’re Europe’s largest and most prestigious music institute, we’re uniquely positioned to offer outstanding value and quality to all our students.

We’re dedicated to giving our students the best music education possible – which means accessing our expert lecturers in industry-leading facilities at the heart of the UK’s music scene.

We make sure all BIMM Institute courses are great value for money – representing a practical and affordable investment for your future career in the music industry.

Class names and structure may be subject to change.

This lesson will help students to explore and develop their technical instrumental skills. These lessons are specifically tailored for each discipline and will challenge their current level of technique whilst providing them with new and necessary skills to improve their dexterity, rhythm, timing, musical expression and much more.

This lesson explores the development of musical styles since the beginning of popular music. Students will learn in their separate instrumental disciplines about the style in context by focusing on sonic trademarks and musical and stylistic characteristics of each genre’s studied. Students will need to learn and preform in various styles allowing them to develop into a well informed and versatile musicians and performers.

In this lesson students will develop their aural and theory skills by learning to explore and identify musical components such as rhythm, melody, harmony, tonality, instrumental timbre and structures. This will enable them to acquire the critical listening skills required in the performance environment and will enable them to communicate quickly and effectively in a variety of musical situations, opening the doors to employment opportunities. This lesson will contribute to the songwriting lessons, providing them with the necessary tools to begin composing music effectively.

This lesson is an exciting and valuable lesson where all disciplines come together to perform each week as an ensemble. Students will have a list of exciting repertoire to learn and will come each week ready to perform with a band on stage. You will live and valuable feedback form your lecturers.

You will workshop the song as a band on all elements of performance, such as style, part accuracy, technique, harmony and stage presence/ setup and sound. This lesson will help you start to develop more confidence on stage and feel more owner ship over your delivery as an artist and performer.

This lesson feeds directly into LPW, by prepping the students on the song ahead of the workshop. This lesson will allow students to get up and perform the track in their instrumental disciples so they can receive specific instrumental feedback on their approach in preparation for the Live workshop.

In this lesson, students will benefit from alternating between both the mac suites and the studio. This will allow them to develop skills in software-based programmes such as logic pro X and also gain valuable experience of learning recording in a real studio environment. This will help the student hain valuable skills as a recording artist whether it be in a real studio or software-based programme.

This lesson aims to provide students with exciting opportunities to explore their own potential to develop as a live performer who can utilise a variety of music technology tools.

The lesson aims to develop and students’ skills in using technology in live performance. The purpose of this unit is to provide learners to develop and refine learners’ skills in using technology in live performance.

This lesson gives students practical music industry knowledge that will help them plan their careers. They’ll be taken through all aspects of the music industry – including DIY routes, social media study, self-releasing, record and publishing deals, management, music synchronisation, legal issues, copyright, music teaching, live music and business plans and more.

This lesson will enable students to develop the skills and strategies for generating work and income within the UK music industry. Students will look at the different requirements and methods for generating work and income as a self-employed supplier as well as a creative enterprise. Students will learn how to promote themselves effectively through the vocational assignments and portfolio-based work.

This lesson will introduce students to the musical and sonic features of a variety of popular music genres through studying culture, musical devices, production techniques and instrumentation in order to extend and develop their understanding of popular music overall and how it has evolved over time.

Extended Studies is a dynamic and conversational space for general course management and personal development.

This class allows a great opportunity for course leaders and students to meet weekly to recap and review key areas of the curriculum – as well as receiving information relating to assessments, opportunities, student life, and masterclasses. This acts as an assessment support session as well as general holistic support for students and an open space for suggestions, ideas and sharing work/ good practice.

This lesson will introduce students to the conventions and history of various genres of contemporary and popular song through which they can present a portfolio of their own song ideas in order to explore how to develop their own composition abilities. Students will be expected to compose and create an original song that has a set popular song structure.

Any questions?

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