Music Performance (Extended Certificate)

Course Overview

The Level 3 Extended Certificate in Music Performance runs over two years and is equivalent to one A Level. It is aimed at all singers and instrumentalists from all styles of music and will prepare you for a career in music and associated industries. If you love popular music, are interested in a music career and want to further develop your skills in music performance, then this is the course for you.
You will develop your songwriting skills and have many opportunities to play your original material to audiences across the city.
The course includes workshops with industry specialists in various subjects including production, composition and the music business.
All tutors teaching on the course still work professionally in the music industry as performers, producers or engineers.

Course Outline

Course Activities:
You will develop your skills and understanding in a wide range of areas including:

  • Rehearsal techniques
  • Composition for film & games
  • Live sound
  • Events management

Course Components:

  • Pop music in practice
  • Developing as a musical ensemble
  • Solo performance techniques
  • Music performance techniques
  • Composition
  • Music project

Assessment is via coursework and includes performances and theory.

100% coursework

No examination

Exam Board

Entry Requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 including Maths and English.
Outstanding students without these subjects but with a background in Music may be considered, however an audition may be required.


Many Music alumni have progressed into the industry to perform, produce, song-write for record labels or become sound engineers in professional studios. A large number of our students go on to study Music degrees before progressing to the industry. We have many links in the Birmingham and West Midlands area including THSH, Jazz line, Musical Picnic, CBSO and The Rep theatre.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the college allocate places to students?

All applicants will be invited to attend an admissions interview. An offer of a place to study at Cadbury Sixth Form College is made subject to you meeting the College's standard entry grade requirements.

How much does it cost to study at Cadbury Sixth Form College?

There are no tuition fees for 16-18 year-olds. Students are asked to pay a £25 book deposit when they enrol at the college, however this is returned at the end of the two years of study when all books and resources have been returned to the college. Some subjects will offer field trips which may impose some additional costs, however these costs will be kept to a minimum and these field trips are not compulsory.

When does enrolment take place?

Enrolment takes place from GCSE Results Day. Further details about enrolment and a date/time for your individual appointment will be sent to you in a letter over the summer holiday. Enrolment takes on average 1-2 hours.

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