Study Vocal Artist


Two Years


Level 3

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If you love singing, then this Vocal Artist Level 3 course is the perfect way to develop your skills for creative work or university.

. you will...

Explore all aspects of your singing style.
Gain an understanding of how music works, including scales and harmony.
Refine your songwriting skills and arrange songs by other artists, working solo and in groups.
Perfect your repertoire and get to perform in college and at gigs. Learn how to start recording your songs.
Learn how to promote your music and make it stand out from the crowd.
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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 the Vocal Artist Level 3 course will give you the skills to go on to university or into creative work.

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 Vocal Artist course can lead onto:

  • A creative degree at university where you can gain further skills in preparation for work. This may be a music degree or another subject which takes your fancy. You will need to complete both years of the course in order to generate the UCAS points for university entry. Access is developing a new range of creative degrees which will offer perfect progression.
  • Our one-year Artist Development course where you can take your music to the next level in preparation for professional work.
  • Employment, or self-employment, in the creative industries. This may be as a singer, music artist, 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 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:

  • Two year RSL Level 3 Extended Diploma for Music Practitioners. This can generate up to 168 UCAS points on the 2017 tariff.
  • Please note these UCAS points are for a Distinction* and lower grades generate considerably fewer points.
  • The Extended Diploma is equivalent to three A Levels or a BTEC Level 3 Diploma.
Duration & Fees
  • The Vocal Artist Level 3 course lasts for two years.
  • 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 the Vocal Artist course then the course is FREE
  • If you aged 19+ on 31st August 2018, and/or at the start of your Vocal Artist course then you will have to pay £4800 per year. However, you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the cost of this course. You will only have to repay the loan when you start to earn over £25,000 per year.
Entry Requirements
& Signing up

Applying for this Vocal Artist 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  (A-Level standard). For school leavers we will require evidence of your predicted and actual grades, backed up by a school reference. As a guide, this Vocal Artist course is for musicians and singers with some skills and experience. You are likely to be more of a bedroom singer/rapper, 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 5 and Grade 8. 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. You will be invited to an audition/interview. Please prepare a short performance (around 3 minutes) of excerpts from two contrasting songs (for instance an up-tempo song and a ballad). You may wish to do this to a backing track. We have microphones 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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Interview Guide 2018