Extended Diploma in Music Performance and Production (UAL Level 3)

What is the Course About?

Faculty: Creative and Leisure Industries

Department: Art, Design, Media and Music

This course is designed to provide you with the knowledge, skills, and understanding necessary to access and progress to degree level study or employment in the performing arts sector.

It provides you an opportunity to explore, develop and test your creativity in music, on a course that is stimulating and demanding and provides a supportive transition from general to more specialised study.

University of the Arts London (UAL) qualifications are only available in colleges where courses are taught by a team of specialist staff who can help you to develop a broad range of skills and identify specialist focus. You will develop an awareness of approaches within music performance and production, develop creative solutions, adapt and safely use appropriate and practical methods for performing and producing.

What will I study?

This course is made up of 10 mandatory and 3 formally graded units.

This course includes performance, improvisation, song-writing, composing, history or popular music, music technology and recording techniques. Sequencing, marketing and promotion, concert production and staging, sound and music for film, working and developing as a musical ensemble, the sound and music industry, music society, music theory, music in the community, listening and aural perception skills.

You will be fully supported by tutors when preparing applications to university or employment, with guidance for both interviews and auditions. Working with subject specialist briefs throughout the year you will produce a final major project which will be performed at the end of year event.

Days and hours of attendance


9.10-10.40 (break 10.40-11)


1-2.30 (break 2.30-3)



Studio and Live sound

Directed Study


Music Theory

Collaborative Music


Music History and Context

Chris Tutorial 1-3


Digital Music Composition

Directed Study


Digital Music Production

Directed Study

Specialist uniform and/or kit required

Casual Clothing

A notebook

A pen

A flash drive / external hard drive

Own instrument where appropriate (i.e. guitar, bass, ukulele, trumpet etc)

Breakables (i.e., guitar strings, drumsticks, cymbals, jack cables etc)

Ear protection (ear plugs, ear defenders etc)

What Happens Next

1. Once you apply online, we will send you an email so you know we have received your application.

2. If you are new to UCM, you will be asked to attend an Information Sharing Appointment (ISA) when you find out more about UCM and the course you've applied for, and we find out more about you.

After your ISA, we will either:

* make you an unconditional offer (i.e. a definite place on the course);

* make you a conditional offer (i.e. a place on the course IF you get the results required in the summer exams);

* place you on a waiting list, if the course is already full (if this is the case, we will also advise you to apply for another course, just in case);

* suggest you apply for another course because the one you have applied for is not suitable for you.

Once you have a place, you will be asked in to enrol in person.

Information Sharing Appointment (ISA)

Which Campus

University College Isle of Man, Homefield Road

Timetable and what to expect

Portfolio information

You should have 2 compositions to present at your ISA as part of your application. You may present compositions as recorded work or as written sheet music and you should choose music that best demonstrates your current music ability. These compositions should be in MP3 format, physical copies of sheet music or Sibelius file. You will also be expected to bring your instrument or voice with you to complete the audition part of the application.

Audition information

As part of the audition process, you will be asked to perform a prepared piece of music of your choosing at your ISA that will help us evaluate your level of musical skill. You are welcome to perform your audition to a backing track or with some instrumental accompaniment from either yourself or someone else that you bring. Please ensure that the backing track you choose to perform to will allow you to showcase your abilities in the best possible way. Also, as part of your audition, you will also be asked to perform a few short exercises that will allow us to assess your level of musicality so that we can best know how to teach you moving forward.

What to wear


What to bring


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What are my progression and career options?

We prepare students for progression to higher education at a wide range of universities. We also work collaboratively with colleagues at the Island’s main music and arts venues to provide outstanding work experience and to ensure that our courses prepare students well for their future careers in the industry.

This course is included in the UCAS tariff and attracts tariff points for each final grade: Pass 72, Merit 120 and Distinction 168. You should be advised that some university degree courses require students to have gained GCSEs at C or above in Maths and English, and you may be advised to complete these qualifications to ensure that you have the best possible chance to progress to higher education.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a series of projects that are designed to broaden your skills, experience and expertise. The projects are multi-disciplinary and require you to work collaboratively and proactively with fellow students as well as external clients. The vast majority of assessment is coursework based, either through recording, performances, essay writing or similar written assignments. Performances take place throughout the year in a range of venues.

Throughout the course you will also produce a portfolio of work for progression onto a higher education course/university or employment.

All units will be internally assessed and internally verified through your portfolio of evidence and are subject to UAL external quality assurance. The final unit will externally moderated against the assessment and grading criteria for that unit is graded pass, merit or distinction and determines the overall final grade for the qualification.

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of four GCSEs at grade C or above (or grades 9-4), or an equivalent Level 2 qualification in a relevant subject with a Level 2 profile at merit and distinction grades.

  • You will need to attend an audition and interview so staff can determine your skill level and suitability for the course.