RSL (Level 3)

Music Practitioners Subsidiary Diploma

This course offers the chance to focus on the practical aspects of music and develop integral skills that will support a career in the music industry.
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Practical Skills AND/OR Technical Skills
5+ in GCSE English & Maths & Grade 4+ on an instrument

What is Music Practitioners Subsidiary Diploma?

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.

Why study Music Practitioners Subsidiary Diploma?

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

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 Jaz 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 Guilford 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 Guilford
  • Worked with us in the department on their gap year as our Performing Arts Technician


Subsidiary Diploma for Music Practitioners Exam Results




Merit - Dist*


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The RSL course has given me more opportunity to explore the music industry in the real world, I enjoy the practical side of the course and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys performing music.

Music Practitioners Subsidiary Diploma Student

The RSL course has given me the chance to develop as an artist, gain live experience and understand the world of music to an even greater level. I look forward to learning and engaging with every lesson and it’s interesting content.

Music Practitioners Subsidiary Diploma Student

This course has developed my passion for songwriting and performing and has helped me decide which path to follow in the future.

Music Practitioners Subsidiary Diploma Student

Music Practitioners Subsidiary Diploma
Course Content

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

Rehearsal Skills and Live Music
30 Credits
Externally Assessed Unit

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.

Planning a Career in Music
15 Credits
Internally Assessed Unit

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.

Optional Choice Unit
45 Credits

In this section of the course, students choose one of optional units:

  • 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

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