Cambridge Regional College - Centre of Vocational Excellence

Level 3 in Music Performance & Production

Cambridge Campus

Course Duration:2 Year(s)
Course Mode:Full Time
Start Date:03/09/2020

Course Overview

Delivered by working musicians & producers, and supported by our own record label, Morph Recordings, this challenging course focuses on building the relevant skills, knowledge and experience necessary to succeed as a producer and/or performer in the music industry today.

We have outstanding performance and production facilities and offer great opportunities to release music on our record label, Morph Recordings. Working with our industry specialist teaching staff you will reach professional standards of performance & musicianship, studio recording & production and live sound engineering. There will also be opportunities to attend workshops with experienced industry professionals and to perform solo and collaboratively in college and external venues. You will have opportunities to compose and design sound for media art and fashion events and projects like fashion shows and games, films and TV soundtracks. There are also DJ facilities available.
Working both independently and collaboratively with your peers you will develop the appropriate fundamental knowledge and techniques required to:
- run studio recording sessions and to mix and master these to a professional standard prior to commercial release.
- rehearse, write and perform collaboratively at gigs in college and externally.
- set up and engineer live sound systems
- compose, arrange and mix with Logic Pro X
- understand the structure of the contemporary music industry and the job opportunities available to you as a producer/performer/live sound engineer.
- market and promote releases and live events - as well as yourself as a performer/artist/producer/band member.
- Understand the roots and subsequent development of popular music, its place in society and how technology has been central to this.
- Learn about Pop history.

You will then be able to develop the specialist skills integral to your chosen pathway - either PRODUCTION or PERFORMANCE

- Develop studio production techniques for commercial releases on Morph Recordings
- Understand the different forms of synthesis and advanced sampling &audio manipulation techniques in sound creation
- Utilise technologies in performance in conjunction with other art forms
- Learn marketing and promotion skills

- Write and compose
- Perform
- Rehearsal techniques
- Improvisation - Jazz
- Advanced theory
- Understanding of musical styles
- Marketing and promotion
- Composition

Attendance at a Welcome Event and at taster days is required as well as a good reference

Progression & Career Opportunities

This qualification helps you to progress on to the following:

- BA/BSc/BMus at a Higher Education institution or Popular Music Conservatoire, e.g. ICMP

- Apprenticeships within the wider commercial/creative based industries, supported through Cambridge Regional College

- Employment.  Most performers are self-employed by nature and success is reliant on individual performance skills

Entry Requirements

You will need 4 GCSEs at grades 9 - 4 (A* - C), or Level 2 UAL Diploma in Music Performance and Production, or Level 2 BTEC Certificate/Extended Certificate or First Diploma in Music

• GCSEs in English language, Maths & Music at grade 4 (C) or above are highly desirable.

You might wish to take the opportunity to demonstrate your performance or production skills in the welcome event.

In addition to the entry qualifications listed, the offer of a place on the course is subject to the outcomes of initial assessment, which will be taken at the College as part of the admissions process. Please note that entry criteria may vary quite significantly between courses at the same level. This is to take account of the specific skills needed for success on particular courses, the length of the course and the requirements for progression to the next level. Entry criteria are given as a guide, and the exact requirements in order to obtain a place on a particular course will be confirmed following attendance at a Welcome Event/Interview.

Learning Assessment & Support

We want you to achieve to the very best of your ability at CRC. To make this happen we offer both learning and personal support by specialist staff tailored to meet your specific needs.

Course work is continually assessed by a range of methods which may include projects, assignments, case studies, course work, self-assessment, feedback from clients, performances and panel reviews. Grades from Pass, Merit, Distinction may be awarded to course work.  

There is regular one to one tutorial provision.

How to Apply

Students who currently attend a Cambridge Area Partnership school should apply through the CAP application system, scheduled to be available shortly.

You can also apply to CRC through a CRC Application Form, online here or download and complete here. If you need any help with applying, please contact our Admissions Office at Cambridge on tel. 01223 418448 or Huntingdon on tel. 01480 379213.

Once we have received your application, you will be invited to attend a Welcome Event. At the Welcome Event you will meet the tutors and get the chance to learn more about college and your course. You will also have a discussion with one of our tutors who will look to make you a formal offer for September 2020.


Cambridge Campus Status

The Cambridge Campus is open as normal.

Huntingdon Campus Status

The Huntingdon Campus is open as normal.