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Performing Music, Diploma Level 2

  • 2

    Level 2

  • Duration
    1 year

  • Start Date
    September 2019

  • Venue
    Ipswich Road

  • Course Code

Start Date

  • September 2019, Full Time


Students work towards the University of the Arts London (UAL) Level 2 Diploma in Performing and Production Arts. This qualification is an outstanding foundation for higher level study within the department.
With an emphasis on various forms of popular and contemporary music, the course will focus on the practical and theoretical to develop both your academic and performance skills.

Across the units you will begin to explore music theory, the workings of the music industry as a business and as a cultural force in modern society, and of course get a lot of opportunity to play. Expect to have your standard of musicianship raised considerably. You can also expect to learn a great deal about working with other people, particularly within a “band” context. Right from the start you will be treated like a young professional musician with gigs at venues such as Platform Theatre and rehearsals in recording studios within our Creative Arts Building as well as in the college’s purpose built recording, rehearsal & technology studios.

To view recent productions and gigs follow @CCNMusic on Twitter and search CCN on You Tube.

There are a number of key visits during the year. These may change from year to year, but you will see a great deal of live music.

You are likely to:

Plan, create and lead performances at live gigs, concerts or theatre productions.
Participate in recording sessions.
Prepare for and attend rehearsals.
Perform solo as well as collaborating with other musicians.
Set-up equipment and perform sound checks.
Learn new music to extend your repertoire.
Play music from memory or score.
Apply music theory and analysis to compositions.
Use music technology in sequencing and song writing.

Why our college?

Industry standard facilities

At our college you will have access to industry-standard facilities and get to use top of the range equipment. On our campus you’ll find media suites, TV studios, design labs, workshops, hair & beauty salons, working kitchens and a live theatre.

Gain real experiences of work

All of our courses will provide you with outstanding experiences of work and prepare you for your future career. You will work with real employers and customers and build connections.

A unique student experience

This is what really sets us apart. At our college you will experience the freedom to be yourself. Being part of an active Students’ Union, having opportunities to travel and enjoying live entertainment are just a few of the amazing opportunities available to you.

Entry Requirements

Minimum of four GCSEs grades *A-E, including English and GCSE Maths 9-3. Relevant Level 1 Diploma at minimum Merit, including GCSE English and GCSE Maths 9 -3. Successful completion of audition and interview prior to selection.

Learning Outcomes


To enjoy and gain from this course you do not have to be a proficient musician, versed in music theory or have an expertise in a chosen instrument but, what you do need is to be passionate about music. As soon as you join the team you can expect to be treated as performing musicians. You will have your musical horizons challenged and will need to be eager to progress with your playing and understanding or music theory and your willingness to understand the nature of the music business.


Assessment is on-going throughout the course and requires you to complete projects and assignments based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. Assessment activities that you may undertake include participating in practical workshops, rehearsals, performances, coursework, research, keeping journals, writing essays, giving presentations and discussing & evaluating work.


Most students who successfully complete the Level 2 progress onto Level 3 within the Creative Arts department; with students having the option of the following Performing and Production Arts pathways at level 3: Dance, Musical Theatre, Acting, Performance, Music and Production Arts.

Career Progression

City College Norwich is a member of the University of the Arts London Progression Partnership to promote the recruitment of talented, creative students from high quality further education institutions to UAL higher education degree level courses. The course team also work with national higher education providers such as UEA, BIMM, Leeds College of Music and Goldsmiths to ensure that our students are ready and prepared for their next step. We also work collaboratively with Theatre Royal Norwich to provide outstanding experience of work and to ensure that our courses prepare students well for their future careers in the industry. City College Norwich also has an outstanding Apprenticeship team who can provide advice and guidance for students wishing to follow an Apprenticeship route into the industry.
For those students who choose not to pursue careers within the production and performing arts industries the course provides fantastic opportunities to develop collaborative working skills, problem-solving, creative and the higher order evaluative skills demanded by universities and employers.


If you are a UK or home- fee status student and aged 16-18 on the 31st August before the start of your course, tuition fees are free. If you are aged 19 years and over please contact the Advice Shop. Please check our Finance pages for information on loans, bursaries, fee information and student travel offers that are available. Alternatively please contact the Advice Shop.

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