Develop advanced technical skills on this highly practical course and gain an excellent understanding of the music industry. Learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands.


Meet our students Anna Bayliss

Anna Bayliss

“The practical work and the chance to use the computer software in a more in-depth programme was the reason I chose the study at Newbury College. I enjoy being able to be creative in my learning.”

Meet our students Jake Lambourn

Jake Lambourn

I chose Newbury College because it provided me with the right course in the specific area of IT I wanted to pursue. As an apprentice, the on-the-job training allowed me to fully immerse myself in the career I wanted and a work environment which taught me the skills I still use today. Since leaving the College I have worked for various companies around the South East including design agencies, print and digital marketing companies, start-ups and charities. I am delighted to currently be using my skills to support the local community at Apple Print Creative and Design as a Web Developer.

  • Description

    The course is designed to provide students with a range of skills that will broaden both job and higher education opportunities. Based in the Music and Media Centre, students learn a broad range of skills including:

    • Acoustics
    • Keyboarding
    • Mixing
    • Recording and Editing

    Students will also complete a portfolio including a fully produced and mastered album, pop video, music-based website and scores for film sequences.

    Students also complete a project which builds confidence and employability skills, as well as covering subjects such as equality and safeguarding.

    The Extended Diploma carries the same UCAS points as three A Levels.

  • Entry Requirements

    Five GSCE passes at grade 4/C or above, preferably to include Maths and English or an equivalent vocational qualification at merit grade, and Functional Skills Maths and English, preferably at Level 2.

    Students how have not yet achieved grade 4/C in GCSE Maths and English, will study Functional Skills or GCSE Maths and English as part of their course.

  • Qualification

    RSL Subsidiary Diploma for Music Practitioners RSL Extended Diploma for Music Practitioners

  • Progression

    Successful students can progress on to an HNC/HND, university courses or employment.

  • Assessment

    Students are assessed through a combination of assignments, practical work, projects and controlled assessments set by the awarding body. Students produce a portfolio of work which is assessed against the grading criteria for the units.

    Assignments set have an agreed hand in date that needs to be met in order to meet the awarding body guidelines. In addition to portfolio work, some units may also include externally marked assessment material, sat under controlled conditions.

  • Home Study

    Students are expected to spend additional study hours in the Learning Resource Centre in order to successfully complete this programme. Students also need to complete research and homework on a regular basis in order to build up knowledge and confidence within the media industry. Students need to spend approximately 6-10 hours a week on course work outside of normal class time.

  • Work Placement

    Students are expected to complete some work experience. This helps students understand the types of roles available in industry and the skills required to gain employment in the sector.

  • Fees and Additional Costs

    Students are offered the opportunity to visit location sites, exhibitions and shows and these may require students to pay entrance fees and coach costs. Students may also benefit from purchasing text books, the details of these books will be discussed during induction when the latest edition of books will be recommended.

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Fee information

14 - 18 year olds

In most cases students aged 14-18 years old on a substantial study programme will NOT be required to pay fees and most course-specific equipment and materials will be funded by the College. This excludes stationary, non-curriculum trips and a £15 enrichment fee.

19 years and over

Students aged 19 years and over may be required to pay fees. For details of fee remission and loans for students over the age of 19 click here. Please note that some courses may have additional registration, examination and/or materials fees. Where we have been unable to provide these additional costs in this information, they will be discussed with you prior to enrolment. If you think you may be entitled to financial support or fee remission, or you would like more information on the additional costs associated with your chosen course, please contact us.