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:

This one-year practical and vocational course is equivalent to two A levels and covers tuition across everything from technique and performance skills to musicianship and music theory.

At BIMM Institute London, we understand that live performance is the key to you becoming a great musician, so you’ll spend a lot of time on stage to help you develop and find your niche as a performer. You’ll participate in weekly Live Performance Workshops (LPWs), playing with your fellow students while receiving expert guidance from highly skilled BIMM lecturers.

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As well as the focus on performance, this course will teach you to communicate musically and be creatively self-sufficient. It will also provide you with an understanding of how the music industry works and give you the opportunity to study the work of the leading artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. All in all, it’s a fantastic grounding for a holistic understanding of modern music and the industry that surrounds it.

Successful completion of the course will gain you a RSL Level 3 Diploma for Music Practitioners qualification, which is a great gateway to taking your first steps in a music industry career or continuing on with study in the form of a music degree at BIMM Institute.

To make your way as a musician, 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: London

Language of study: English

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

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.

Module names and structure may be subject to change.

This lesson provides a history of classic artists placed in their social, historical and political context. An understanding of this essential stylistic knowledge will help to develop authenticity in performance.

This lesson gives students practical music industry knowledge that will help them plan their career. They’ll be taken through aspects of the music industry, including record and publishing deals, management, social networks, music synchronisation, legal issues, copyright, live music and business plans.

This lesson develops the fundamentals of vocal technique. Students will work to improve their pitch, tone, range and awareness of different registers. Through group learning and discovery, they’ll develop their own vocal sound. Understanding their voice and being in control of their technique will allow them to develop their creativity, and interpretation and performance skills.

This lesson studies the landmarks of the contemporary music repertoire. Students will learn what’s required to perform with authenticity and confidence in different styles. Ensemble singing is an essential skill for a contemporary vocalist and they’ll develop the necessary skills for hearing and creating harmonies, learning to blend with other vocalists.

This lesson supports the preparation of songs for the Live Performance Workshops. Parts, arrangement, tone and performance will all be analysed, with the emphasis on simplicity being taken to a very high standard.

Attention to detail is paramount and Stage Technique classes cover key vocal and physical performance techniques concentrating on the time, feel, groove and techniques of each piece. Students will explore movement, space, posture, eye contact and communication with their audience, as well as practical matters like microphone techniques and how to set up a PA. Students will cover a simple step-by-step method for learning to read and perform from music notation in this lesson, and well as interpreting charts – all of which is required by the industry.

This will enable them to communicate quickly and effectively and perform to a high level in a variety of musical situations, opening up many employment opportunities throughout their career.

This lesson introduces students to industry-standard music software packages, allowing them to build up effective backing tracks and sequence their own music.

This lesson gives the chance to put it all the learning into practice – on stage with a full band line-up. Students will develop their live sound in a number of different styles, concentrating also on performing, showmanship and the right mental approach.

They’ll learn to communicate ideas with other musicians, with the focus on a tight, well-arranged and professional performance.

Students will study the recognition of intervals, chords, rhythm, notation, melodies and chord progressions, forming a direct link between the music they hear and their own instrument. They’ll explore how harmony and theory are applied in commercial music in a very practical and relevant way.

This lesson is a chance to recap and review key areas of the curriculum, as well as receiving information relating to academic writing, assessment criteria, the forming of bands and guests.

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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