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Music Performance and Production UAL Level 2 Diploma

This study programme will introduce you to practical skills in performing, sound recording, composing and music technology, including the creation and production of music through the use of computer and sound recording systems.

Entry requirements

To begin this study programme you will need...

Duration: 1 Year

  • 3 GCSEs 9–3 or A*–D including English and ideally maths
  • Music Technology Level 1 Extended Certificate with Functional Skills


  • Evidence of previous musical study or instrumental skills 

Duration: 2 years

• 3 GCSEs grades 9–1 or A*–G ideally including English and ideally maths with a keen interest in music and evidence of previous musical study

Course content

  • Subject units:
    • Sequencing – using software packages such as Logic Pro to compose, edit and mix music and soundtracks
    • The music business – researching and exploring areas of the industry such as record labels, recording studios, live performance and the jobs associated with these
    • Sound recording – learning how to set up and operate equipment in the College’s professional standard recording studios for the capture and processing of sound
    • Performance – working in groups to develop your skills using traditional and electronic instruments for live performances
  • English and maths:
    If you don't already have GCSE English and maths grade A*-C, we will work with you to help you develop your maths and English skills. 
  • Work experience
  • Personal development skills, study skills and employability skills 
  • Additional vocational learning and qualifications: 
    • You will have the chance to go on a trip. Previous trips include industry conventions/exhibitions such as Music Live, and educational trips to The British Music Experience.


Music Performance and Production UAL Level 2 Diploma


  • English and maths qualifications if required
Further study and career options

On successful completion of the study programme (and achieving Functional Skills at Level 2) you could progress on to Music Performance and Production UAL Level 3 Diploma. Alternatively you could progress into employment in the music industry.

Additional information

You will be required to provide your own headphones and memory stick/hard drive to participate on this course. There will be an additional fee of approximately £50 to cover the cost of trips and visits.

Funding information

All full-time Level 1 and Level 2 courses are now FREE for everyone, whatever their age. If you are looking to study a Level 3 qualification, courses are still free if you’re under 19 or 19-23 and studying your first full Level 3 qualification. If you’re over 23 or studying a second Level 3 qualification, you will need to pay a fee. Find out more on our financial support page at

This course could be FREE! You could be eligible for free study if you are unemployed and on a qualifying benefit. Find out more at

Course Information & How to Apply

Although the government has announced that exams will not be going ahead this summer, we are committed to ensuring that all students who apply to join us this year will be able to do so. We therefore want to reassure you that you have nothing to worry about with regards to applying for one of our programmes starting in September 2020. We  are committed to ensuring that the challenges of the current situation will not prevent our future students from achieving their full potential, we are with you every step of the way. To apply online, select the 'Apply' button below. You will need to register an account and then you can follow the instructions on screen

LengthStart DateFeesLocationCourse Code
1 or 2 years 14/09/2020 Launch our fee calculator Free for most people.
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Cauldwell Street BBL1651

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Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.
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