Start your career in Music Performance


One Year


Level 2

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If you love playing and performing music then this Level 2 Music Performance course is the perfect way to get started. We welcome guitarists, bassists, drummers, singers and singer/songwriters, keyboard players, string and brass players – in fact we can cater for any instrument!

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. you will...

Develop your skills on your instrument and your understanding of how music works.
Start writing your own songs and arrange songs by other artists, working in bands in fully equipped rehearsal rooms.
Practise your repertoire and get to perform in college and at gigs. Learn how to start recording your songs.
Learn about working in the music industry.
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  • Start your creative career
  • Get Industry experience
  • Get a qualification
  • Duration & Fees
  • Entry Requirements & Signing Up
Start your
creative career

Choosing this Level 2 Music Performance  course is the beginning of your journey into the creative industries.

The creative sector is one of the fastest growing areas of the UK economy and a great and exciting place in which to work.

This Music Performance course can lead on to:

  • Further skills development on the Level 3 Music Performance course or other Level 3 courses.
  • Employment, or self-employment, in the creative industries (for over 18s). This may be as a music artist or songwriter, or it may be into another area of the music or creative industries.
  • A creative apprenticeship as a stepping stone to work.


Get Industry experience

Being at Access is so much more than just doing a course. You will have the chance to get first-hand experience of the music and creative industries.

Here are some of the opportunities you can take advantage of:

  • EVENTS: You’ll have unique opportunities to showcase your work. These range from a local gig to the chance to perform on a festival stage at events such as Latitude organised by partner, Festival Republic.
  • MUSIC GLUE: Music Glue is a global direct-to-fan platform used by 26,000 artists worldwide to sell tickets, merchandise, music and more direct to their audience from one customisable website.
  • DISTRIBEAT: A partnership with worldwide distribution company, Distribeat, which allows you to market your music through all major online stores including iTunes.
  • MASTERCLASSES: Access promotes industry masterclasses by artists represented by Tri-Tone and 7pm Management. These enable you to gain advice and guidance from working musicians and producers.
  • TWINE: All our students get free Twine membership, which is an online platform allowing creative people to collaborate on projects and earn money!
  • FOCUSRITE: Access is proud of its partnership with Focusrite. You will have the chance to get your hands on over £500 of FREE Focusrite audio plug-ins, supported by special Focusrite workshops.
Get a qualification

On successful completion you will get a recognised qualification which you can add to your creative CV:

  • One year RSL Level 2 Diploma for Music Practitioners.
  • The Level 2 Diploma is equivalent to roughly four GCSEs grades 4-9.


Duration & Fees
  • The Level 2 Music Performance course lasts for one year.
  • It is usually delivered over three to four days per week from September to June (daytime). How long you are in college will depend on what additional English and Maths sessions you need to attend.
  • If you aged 16-18 on 31st August 2018, and/or at the start of your Music Performance course then the course if FREE


  • If you aged 19+ on 31st August 2018 then the course costs are as follows, depending on your circumstances:
  • FREE for 19-23s if you do not have a previous full Level 2 qualification.*
  • FREE for 19-23s if you are unemployed and already have a full Level 2 qualification.*
  • FREE for 24+ if you are unemployed, whether you already have a full Level 2 qualification* or not.
  • 19-23s can be co-funded if you are employed and already have a full Level 2 qualification* (you pay £1800), unless you are earning under £15,736.50 then it’s FREE.
  • 24+ can be co-funded if you are employed (you pay £1800), unless you are earning under £15,736.50 then it’s FREE.
  • *Full Level 2 is five GCSEs at grades A*-C or 9-4, or its equivalent.
Entry Requirements
& Signing Up

Applying for this Level 2 Music Performance course is easy. All you need to do is fill in our online application form and we will get back in touch with some suggested dates of when we can meet up to discuss it further.

  • SKILLS SET: We value your creative passion and skills above all else. However, you will also need to demonstrate that you are able to work at Level 2 (GCSE standard). For school leavers we will require evidence of your predicted and actual grades, backed up by a school reference. As a guide, this course is for musicians and singers with some skills and experience. You are likely to be more of a bedroom musician, probably with only limited experience of performing and working with others. If you have done Rockschool grades then you may have achieved a standard between Grade 2 and Grades 4-5. Please note you will not be able to enrol if you will be under the age of 16 on 31st August. Applications from people under this age are still welcome, but will be deferred to the following year.


  • INTERVIEW: You will be invited to an audition/interview. Please prepare a short performance (around 3 minutes) of two contrasting pieces on an instrument and/or a vocal performance. You may wish to do this to a backing track. Please bring your instrument with you. We have amplifiers, drum kits, keyboards and PA systems. You may want to demonstrate any original compositions. You can view/download a detailed Interview Guide from the link below.


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