Level 3 Extended Diploma

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If you are considering sixth form college as an option, you may find that ACM offers the kind of music qualification that you’re looking for, in a far more creative environment.

Written by worldwide leaders in education, UAL, our Level 3 Extended Diplomas are delivered over two years and is recommend for those aged 16 and over. The courses lead to a Level 3 qualification, giving students an opportunity to gain the equivalent to three A* grades at A-Level. Choose from a Music Performance course (in Guitar, Drums, Bass or Vocals)Music Production (Technology) or Songwriting and study English, Maths and Employability alongside.

Our pioneering syllabus agreed with the awarding body, University of the Arts London (UAL), offers the choice of three study disciplines: Music Performance, Music Production and Songwriting. Whichever discipline you choose, ACM will ensure that you develop creatively, technically and academically, as well as with good industry and commercial knowledge. Our curriculum is not ‘off the shelf’. It is informed by our 23 years of delivering music education and is always reflective of our fast-changing industry. Whilst term dates, timetabling patterns and contact time may resemble programmes offered by mainstream education providers, the assessment methodologies employed by ACM at Diploma level are vastly different, allowing our young creatives to develop to their full potential, free from the pressure of end-of-year exams.

On top of the UAL specifications, ACM lays its highest quality of teaching and learning matched with an unparalleled student experience, offering world-class facilities, a highly regarded teaching faculty made up of working music professionals and Masterclasses from music industry legends. The ACM Extended Diploma provides specialist knowledge, understanding, skills and qualifications to learners planning to progress through to higher education study or employment, thereafter.

What University / Higher Education options are available to students upon completion of their Diploma at ACM?

Giving you the opportunity to obtain 168 UCAS points, which is the equivalent of three A* grades at A-Level, the internationally recognised Level 3 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 anywhere in the world. The Further Education Achievement Report we provide each of our students (serving as a record of their extra- curricular achievement and activity, as well as an academic reference) differentiates ACM graduates even further. 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 our Music Industry Practice Higher Education programme.

Language, Literacy and Life Skills

ACM is an esteemed provider of music industry education and we put great effort into ensuring we shape well-rounded students who are suited to continuing education or entering employment, according to their preference. Aside from the academic, personal and professional skills taught as part of the Diploma programme itself, we support our students by delivering further tuition in language/literacy, mathematics and business studies throughout their time with us.

Required qualifications for the Level 3 Extended Diploma courses

Applicants need four GCSEs at grade A-C/9-4 or equivalent level 2 qualifications, including GCSE English and GCSE Maths. If you do not have Maths or English GCSE grade A-C/9-4 you may be required to study this subject alongside your Diploma at ACM. Students must also demonstrate a basic understanding of the specific discipline they wish to study through our application and audition/interview process. Students needing to resit both English and Maths will normally be required to first complete the UAL Level 2 Diploma in Music Performance and Production programme.

*The cost of studying towards a Diploma at ACM is dependant on the age of the learner on 31st August 2018.  Please visit our Fees page for information.

Further education study programmes at ACM Guildford are delivered as part of a sub-contract with East Surrey College
Further education study programmes at ACM Birmingham are delivered as part of a sub-contract with Walsall Studio School

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