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RSL Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma for Music Practitioners (Performance Pathway) Btec

We are proud to introduce this modern Music course to our Key Stage 5 Curriculum. This internationally recognised qualification offers the chance to focus on the practical aspects of music and develop integral skills that will support a career in the music industry.

By choosing Rock School’s Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma for Music Practitioners, you will specialise in developing your skills as a performer whilst also having the freedom to study a range of optional units from other musical disciplines, such as Composition, Technology or Business of Music.

  • Did you know?

    The RSL Subsidiary Diploma Level 3 is the broad equivalent to one A Level and is a rigorous, technical qualification recognised by employers.

    It carries the following UCAS Points:
    Pass – 24 points
    Merit – 48 points
    Distinction – 72 points
    Distinction* – 84 points

All assessment is based on practical and/or technical skills with the flexibility to pursue any musical style, genre, and instrument that you are passionate about.


What St. Paul’s Music Department Can Offer You:

  • iMacs and MacBooks with Logic Pro X software
  • Practice rooms, with upright pianos, and a grand piano in our main college hall
  • Fantastic extra-curricular musical opportunities, such as Jazz Band, Orchestra, College Choir and the annual school musical
  • Regular performance opportunities in and outside of college
  • Trips to concerts and performances; for example: Glyndebourne Opera House, West End Shows and more
  • Music Tour overseas (past trips include Paris, Italy and Austria)

What have past Music students at St. Paul’s achieved?

Not all students follow Music for their chosen career path, students have gone onto study subjects such as Law, History of Art, English and Physics at university.

We have a rich and proud history of students who have:

  • Studied composition at the Royal College of Music
  • Studied Music at University of Cambridge
  • Sung in the London Philharmonic Choir
  • Completed an MA in Music at York University
  • Studied at the Royal Northern College of Music
  • Won a place at Guildford School of Acting
  • Completed a degree in Music at University of Surrey
  • Worked for the South Bank Sinfonia
  • Worked for Faber Music publishers
  • Studied at ACM Guildford
  • Worked with us in the department on their gap year as our Performing Arts Technician

Course Content

Externally assessed core unit: Rehearsal Skills and Live Music (30 credits)

Within this unit you will develop live performance skills and enhance your capacity to take ownership of the entire performance process, including planning, rehearsals, performing and evaluating the journey to and from the stage.

Internally assessed core unit: Planning a Career in Music (15 credits)

In this module you will develop a range of knowledge and skills to support future engagement with a music profession. You will research and present on a specific career in music that interests you, in addition to enhancing your professional development and skills ready for that career path.

Remaining 45 credits taken from optional units (examples below, which may vary):

• Music for Audition
• Lead Performer
• Composition (Collaboration)
• Composing for Adverts and TV
• Studio Sound Recording
• Radio, Podcast Production
• Creating a Social Media Strategy
• Music Press and Journalism

Key Facts

  • Course Level Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
  • Assessment Breakdown All assessment is based on practical and/or technical skills with the flexibility to pursue any musical style, genre, and instrument that you are passionate about.
  • Assessor RSL
  • Entry Requirements 5 GCSE pass grades at grade 4 or above.

    A pass in GCSE Music or another Level 2 music qualification. If you have not taken music in Key Stage 4, please get in touch to arrange an audition for this course.

    You will need to sing or play an instrument already. We recommend at least Grade 4 standard on an instrument.

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