Music (RSL Level 3)


Introduction to Course

The Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma provides music industry qualifications that will equip learners with the skills, knowledge and understanding for entry to employment in the music industry or progression to further study at a higher level. The qualification aims to offer practical structured learning with the flexibility to specialise in different disciplines directly relevant to employment within the music industry. Those on the performance pathway undertake one externally assessed core unit (“Rehearsal & Performance”). In addition, all learners take an internally assessed core unit (Planning a Career in Music) together with a number of optional units that can develop their skills and understanding of musicianship, repertoire, rehearsal, promotion, and live/ recorded performance.

Exam Board/Specification

RSL/ Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma for Music Practitioners


  • The topics covered are:
  • 363. Session musician
  • 322. Music instrument development
  • 304. Composing music (styles) OR 385 Improving instrumental performance
  • 365. Auditioning for music Internal
  • 387 Rehearsal skills and live music performance
  • 349 Auditioning for music


  • 363: Internal assessment: 10 credits
  • 322: Internal assessment: 5 credits
  • 304: Internal assessment: 15 credits
  • 385: Internal assessment: 15 credits
  • 365: Internal assessment: 15 credits
  • 387: External assessment (core): 30 credits
  • 349: Internal assessment (core): 15 credits

Progression Routes

RSL L3 qualifications are for Post-16 students wishing to specialise in a specific industry or occupation within the music industry or those that have a love of music and performing. It equips students with the specialist knowledge and skills, enabling entry to employment or progress to a related higher educational course.