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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
    4 Sept 2023
  • Study Mode
  • Duration
    2 Years
  • Campus
    Strand Road

Important Message

Applications for Further Education courses 24/25 opening early 2024

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: 04/09/2023

Course Offering

  • Site location Strand Road
Two young female students walking and laughing together

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) 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.

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.


  • Image of Sarah Jane (Music Performance)
    I never had an easy time at school, but since being here at the College I’ve never felt more supported or valued. It really is an amazing place.
    Sarah Jane (Music Performance)
  • Image of Jordan Downey (former Student Union President)
    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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