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Music Performance & Production

Overview - UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music

If you live and breathe music, this is the course for you. Studying the University of the Arts London (UAL) Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music will broaden your understanding of a wide range of performance styles, composition, recording and live sound. As you work with teaching staff and industry professionals to develop your creative and performance skills, you will gain an insight into the range of career paths available.

What will I be doing? 

This is a highly practical course on which you will learn the skills needed to thrive in the ever-changing modern music industry. As part of your study programme, you will develop your performance skills on your chosen instrument, further your songwriting skills and learn about the technology of both live sound and studio recording. You will study a number of musical genres and be encouraged to develop your own style of performance, through regular formal and informal performance opportunities throughout the year. We encourage our musicians to broaden their musical taste, allowing them to gain practical experience of new styles of performance alongside those areas which interest them most, ranging from 'The History of Popular Music' and 'Music Theory' to 'Marketing and Events Management.'

Our project-based learning approach enables you to develop your music skills through workshops,  assignments and projects. You will work alongside students of other disciplines to put on a series of performances (across a range of styles) during the teaching  year. You will also benefit from masterclasses, workshops and visits from external professionals, and carry out work experience both internally and externally across the wider performing arts community within Liverpool and beyond.

What will I study? 

The UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music is equivalent to three A-Levels and suitable for progression onto Higher  Education. Typical projects will focus on Music Performance Techniques, the Sound and Music Industry, Songwriting Techniques and Music Production. During your studies, you will also develop your interpersonal, critical and decision-making abilities, which will serve you well in future life.

 Are there any extra-curricular activities?

We offer a range of enrichment opportunities to complement your Music studies, which, in previous years, have included a choir, a battle of the bands, the Soundcheck Sessions (our regular lunchtime performance sessions), an events management group, ukulele club and vocal group. Our students also regularly undertake trips to venues, performances and networking opportunities, such as the British Music Experience and Off The Record in Manchester.

What could I do next? 

You will be equipped to go into work or onto further study, such as at music school or Higher Education. Possible careers might include solo artist, session musician, band member, composer/song-writer, music production, sound engineer. Previous students have gone on to Higher Education at institutions such as BIMM, Huddersfield University, Leeds College of Music, LIPA, Liverpool John Moores University, Royal Northern College of Music, University of Liverpool and University of Salford.

 How do I apply?

You must complete an application form for September 2019 entry and submit it to us by the closing date of 31 January 2019. We will then call you for an audition, interview and workshop at some point in February or March 2019 -  you will be given full guidance as to how to prepare. Offers of places (conditional on achieving a minimum of five GCSEs at grades A*-C/4) will be sent out during April 2019.

If you still have questions, contact Nadeen Kemp, Programme Manager for Music, on 0151 330 3232 or email



At present, course information is still subject to confirmation, and while every effort has been made to ensure it is accurate, the information on this website does not form any contract between LIPA Sixth Form College and any individual. In addition, LIPA Sixth Form College reserves the right to make changes and cannot accept liability arising out of, or in connection with, any such revision.