Drums Diploma

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.

What are BTEC Diplomas?

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.

(Accelerated Study)
1 Year (3 x 13 week Terms)
Full Time Study

Entry Requirements
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

What are BTEC Diplomas?

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.

What are BTEC Diplomas?
ACM’s BTEC Level 3 Diplomas (BTEC Nationals) are written by the world-wide leader in vocational education, Pearson (formerly Edexcel), under the titles Music and Music Technology.  The Music and Music Technology syllabus provided by Pearson and delivered here at ACM is the same syllabus covered by all other institutions in the UK for these subjects at this level.  On top of the syllabus, we lay the highest quality of ACM teaching and learning matched with an unparalleled student experience, including world-class facilities, a highly regarded teaching faculty made up of working music professionals and Masterclasses from music industry legends.  Equivalent in standard to A levels, they provide specialist knowledge, understanding, skills and qualifications for learners who have a clear line of sight to their future career and are planning to progress through to higher education or employment upon graduation. They’re suitable for students aged 16 and over.  For more information on the BTEC qualification in general, you can visit the Pearson Website.

What Higher Education options are available to students upon completion of their BTEC Diploma at ACM?
Our BTEC Diplomas in Bass, Drums, Guitar, Vocals and Music Production give students the opportunity to obtain 240 UCAS points, which is the equivalent of 2x A grades at A-Level.  This internationally recognised qualification opens doors to studying all kinds of subjects (not just limited to music) at all kinds of Universities, from a Russell Group University in the UK through to specialist institutions the world-over.  These institutions don’t just consider grades, which is why the Further Education Achievement Report we provide each and every one of our students (serving as a record of their extra-curricular achievement and activity, as well as an academic reference) makes ACM a good choice for those wanting to study Music now, whilst keeping their options open for the future.  Of course, as a specialist provider of music industry education, we hope that our Diploma students choose to continue their studies with us here and progress onto one of the many industry-led Degree programmes we offer at ACM.

What about the importance of language, literacy and other kinds of life skills?
Do BTEC Students at ACM purely study Music?
ACM is an esteemed provider of music industry education and we put great effort into ensuring our programmes and courses at all levels generate well-rounded graduates that are suited to continuing education or employment, according to their preference.  That said, aside from the academic, personal and professional skills taught as part of BTEC Programme itself, we support our students by delivering further tuition in language/literacy, mathematics and business studies throughout their time with us.  Study of these non-qualification modules is also documented on the Further Education Achievement Report we provide each and every one of our students (serving as a record of their extra-curricular achievement and activity, as well as an academic reference they can use upon graduation).

To find out more information about ACM’s Diploma course options for September 2015, get in touch with ACM’s Admissions Team by telephoning 01483 500 800 or emailing enquiries@acm.ac.uk.

All information is correct at the time of publication. ACM reserves the right to make changes or amendments without further notice.