The Level 3 Music Performance course is delivered by Access to Music, who are leading specialists in the field of popular music at further education. You will focus on developing the skills needed for successful live and recorded performance. Delivery is focused around practical rehearsal sessions in fully-equipped band rehearsal rooms with opportunities to perform at events in London and at national events and festivals. 

You will study

The course covers all the areas need to develop your music performance skills: musicianship, songwriting, rehearsal, repertoire development, recording and performance with technology, business awareness and promotion. Assessment is based around practical project work. 

Key facts

  • Centred around artist and band-based rehearsals in fully-equipped rehearsal rooms.
  • Ideal for young musicians aged 16+. We work with guitarists, bass players, keyboard players, drummers, vocalists, singer/ songwriters, percussionists, horn players, string players. Whatever you play we can help you develop your skills!
  • For musicians into creating and performing any style of popular music, from metal, indie and alternative to folk, funk, soul, jazz and blues.
  • Based around real-world projects with opportunities to record and perform. Performances include gigs in local venues to opportunities to perform at festivals such as Latitude. Our students also get to perform at industry showcases, such as the Island Records talent showcase.
  • Designed to give you more than music in that you will also gain valuable job skills and life skills.
  • Linked to nationally-recognised music qualifications designed by Access to Music and RSL.
  • The 2-year Extended Diploma can generate up to 420 UCAS credits.
  • Progression can be to higher education courses at ICMP and at other universities.


Our main criteria is an ability and passion for music and a dedication to gain skills. You will be invited to an audition/ interview where we will assess which course is best for you. There is no formal academic entry to this course, unlike BTEC national Diplomas which usually require a minimum of 5 GCSEs.

As a guide, this course is for more experienced musicians with some experience of performance and working with others. You are also likely to have more developed instrumental skills. If you have done Rockschool grades then you may have achieved a standard between Grade 5 and Grade 8.

You will be invited to an audition/ interview. Please prepare a short performance (around 5 minutes) of two contrasting pieces on an instrument and/or a vocal performance. You may wish to do this to a backing track. Please bring your instrument with you. We have amplifiers, drum kits, keyboards and PA systems. You may want to demonstrate any original compositions. 


 Please apply via  the Access To Music website  choosing London - Kilburn as your preferred centre. 

At any time during application process if you need help or further advice just contact our Admissions team who will be happy to assist you.

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