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Creative Music Industry (Performance) (Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma/ Extended Diploma)


Course Overview

If music is your passion, this exciting modern music course could enable you to pursue a career in the music industry. You will need to sing or play an instrument already.Our facilities include 150 seat theatre, practice rooms, recording studios and Apple Mac suites. Learn and develop technical skills and benefit from the knowledge and experience of tutors and technicians who are actively working in the music industry. Benefit from meeting like-minded peers, develop your musicality, creativity and learn new skills to prepare you for a career in the music industry.Previous students like ROE, Cherym, Elma Orkestra (and more) have gone on to be NI Music Prize winners. Students have also won three 1st prizes in the MUSIC SKILLS NI Inter College competitions as well as Gold and Silver in the UK World Skills Popular Music competition, and countless students have gone on to have successful careers working in all areas of the music industry.
  • Start Date
    2 Sept 2024
  • Study Mode
  • Duration
    2 Years
  • Campus
    Strand Road

Available Sessions

  • Course
    Start Date
  • Course: Rockschool Ltd (RSL) Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma/ Extended Diploma Creative Music Industry (Performance)
    Campus: Strand Road
    Type: Full Time
    Start Date: 02/09/2024

Course Offering

  • Site location Strand Road

Course Modules

  • Performing Music Live
  • Rehearsing Music
  • Collaborative Project
  • Listening to Music
  • Performing as a Session Musician
  • Music Theory
  • Using a Keyboard with a Digital Audio Workstation
  • Practical Musicianship
  • Performing Music for Recording
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Entry Requirements

UK Requirements

4 GCSEs (Grade C or above) or equivalent (e.g. Level 2 Diploma in Music) plus satisfactory standard achieved at mandatory audition/ interview.

ROI Requirements

4 OLCs (Grade 05 or above); OR Leaving Cert Applied – Merit, OR Level 2 Diploma in Music plus satisfactory standard achieved at mandatory audition/ interview.

Additional Requirements Prior to Entry

Interview Required

Work Placement

International partnership projects over many years with music colleges in Finland, Estonia and Scotland have created exciting opportunities for travel and cultural exchange which have benefitted many students.

What's Next?

Further Study

Upon successful completion you may progress to higher level courses such as our own HNDs in Music and Music Production or to a degree course at university. Many of our HND students have topped up to a full honours degree with just one additional year of study in England – through our articulation agreements with Leeds College of Music and Leeds Beckett.

Career Prospects

This course will provide you with an opportunity to gain a qualification and skills which can lead to working in the industry in a variety of careers.Past students are currently working as performers, studio producers, lecturers, live sound engineers, road managers, songwriters, composers, recording engineers, college technicians and session musicians.


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    I now have the opportunity to progress to University and achieve my chosen degree in only two years due to the preparation I received here at NWRC.
    Jordan Downey (former Student Union President)
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    The support I received from my lecturers at NWRC was incredible. They always pushed me to my full potential and gave me the confidence to open my own beauty salon.
    Vanessa Canning (Hair & Beauty)
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