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dBs Music | Cornwall College St Austell LEVEL: 3 Music & Performing Arts

From playing music ourselves and seeing live acts, to watching TV and films or listening to the radio, music plays a huge part in our lives. Whether you are an artist or simply love music in general this industry has a wide choice of careers for you. From composing to promoting music, and everything in between, our partnership with dBs Music will help you discover where your true passion lies.

If you wish to pursue a career in music then we offer you the choice of four specialist courses, all of which are equivalent to A-levels. Our Level 2 course is ideal should your GCSE results not be what you expected, with the option to progress to one of our Level 3 diplomas.

If you love singing, playing and composing your own music and wish to improve your industry skills, knowledge and employability, then this Level 3 course is ideal for you. You will cover a range of subjects including music production, composing, improvising, sound recording, marketing a music product and will learn about modern music in practice, while developing your own style and performance along the way.

As part of your course you will be required to carry out Work Experience and/or an Industry Placement. For more details please click here.


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Ideal if:

You are interested in a practical hands-on experience playing, singing and composing whilst improving your industry skills, knowledge and employability.

You’ll need:

Four GCSEs at grade 4, including English and mathematics.

You’ll learn:

Through a range of units and assignments, covering skills such as music production, composing, improvising, sound recording, and marketing a music product.


A variety of units covering industry skills and techniques, delivered in well-equipped production facilities.

You’ll love:

Learning about modern music in practice, developing your own style and performance along the way.

You’ll go on to:

University study at other local and national universities or employment in the industry.


Music & Performing Arts
Music & Performing Arts
Music & Performing Arts
Music & Performing Arts



Start Date

September 2020


St Austell


2 Years full-time



Jack completed a Music Diploma Level 3 course at St Austell and is now a drummer in rock and roll band King Creature. Since joining the band Jack has toured China, America and Europe and recorded at Abbey Road. “I enrolled on the diploma because I wanted to study a course that would allow me to play music. I had a great time at the College and I met the guitar player who now plays in King Creature. One of the best things about being part of a band is travelling the world and meeting new people.”

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