(Composing, Songwriting & Performance)

RSL Level 3 Diploma for Music Practitioners

Who is it for?

Our Level 3 Diploma is forcreative musicians who want to continue their professional journey after year 11. This course is especially suited to those who are interested in a career as a composer, songwriter, recording and performing artist, producer, teacher, music therapist or music supervisor. Our aim is to equip you with the skills and knowledge to work in the modern industry where you, as a creative musician, can tap into multiple income streams

What will I study?

Over the 2 years you will:

  • Use Logic Pro X to create and record your own music
  • Study different lyric writing styles and write your own lyrics
  • Develop your music theory including advanced harmony
  • Rehearse as part of a band and perform live
  • Plan and prepare for your future career, looking at various roles and how to set up your own freelance project
  • Analyse popular music styles and the theory behind how music and songs work
  • Develop your composing skills by creating music for TV, adverts and social media campaigns
  • Compose with others as part of a songwriting team
  • Complete a final composition portfolio, songwriting portfolio or written dissertation

How will I study?

You will be working on assignments that are designed and shaped to simulate actual music industry jobs and projects. This means lots of practical music making. All practical projects are accompanied with written work or presentations in the form of plans, evaluations, progress journals, essays, and notations

How will I be assessed?

All assignments are practical coursework. There is a mixture of internal assessments marked by our staff and external assessments which are marked by the exam board.

Other opportunities

As a music student at Walsall Studio School, you have access to visiting professional instrumental and vocal teachers. You are also expected to contribute to our showcases throughout the year which include the school musical show and the summer music festival.


After studying our level 3 course you will be fully equipped for higher education or to begin your professional career in the industry. Popular career progressions include:

  • Composer for Media, TV and Film
  • Producer
  • Songwriter
  • Teacher
  • Music supervisor
  • Session musician
  • Recording artist
  • Music journalist
  • Music therapist
  • Musicologist

What do I need?

You will need at least 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 and above, including Maths and English. Retaking GCSE Maths or English is required if you do not have Grade 4.

You will be expected to attend for an interview and live audition

Apply for sixth form here

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