Drum Performance Diploma
BTEC Level 3 Diploma
The ACM Diploma (Drums) is designed to give students a broad, practically-focused experience that illustrates the skills and knowledge needed for both further study and a sustainable career in professional music.
Through lectures, practical workshops, lessons and discussion-based seminars, students are given multiple opportunities to refine their knowledge base and develop as individual musicians.
As well as developing musical skills, students will also develop the analytical, time management, rehearsal and interpersonal skills needed to be a fully rounded and employable professional. Diploma students have access to a host of fully cross discipline tutorials, pro workshops and masterclasses from industry professionals from all aspects of music, allowing plenty of opportunity to fully explore their options. Students are also encouraged to book rooms for rehearsals and practice, seek advice, attend auditions and network through the in-house Industry Link and to use the Library and Resource Centre.
The Diploma provides the foundation needed for starting out in a career in the music industry or for further study at Degree Level.
- Music Industry Studies
- Band Skills
- Music Culture
- Professional Showcase
- Stylistic Awareness
- Ear Training
- Performance Clinic
- Improvisation Workshop
- Repertoire Development
- Stage Presentation
- Music Theory
View the Full Unit Breakdown
1 Year (3 x 13 week Terms)
5 x GCSE @ A-C grade including Maths and English, or equivalent qualifications (i.e. International Baccalaureate) preferred.
Students may be able to access these courses without the above qualiﬁcations based on prior relevant experience, quality of application and quality of audition / interview. Exception is also given in certain circumstances based on successful completion of a relevant intensive course.
Minimum age 16
Progression routes on completion
Students can enrol directly onto a 2-year Degree programme or the 1-year Certificate of Higher Education course.
UCAS Points Up to 280
BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Music (QCF) 120 Credits
All ACM Performance Diploma courses are run in association with our education partners at Guildford College.
During their time at ACM, Drums Diploma students will be taught by professional drummers and musicians, who are all currently working in the industry – see our current Drum Tutors. Students also have access to a range of professional drum kits and performance facilities such as The Roger Taylor Zildjian Studio, The Chad Smith Drum Studio and the Roland Drum Studio – see the full list of Drum Facilities.
All information is correct at the time of publication. ACM reserves the right to make changes or amendments without further notice.