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Level: 1

Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Years: 1

Weeks: 22

Hours: 3.00

Start: 01/01/2021

Days / Times:

Tuition (£): 811.00*

Interview: Y

Course Summary

The Level 1 Certificate in Performing Arts provides the knowledge, understanding and skills needed for learners to contribute to performing arts or musical activities. This qualification will give learners the flexibility to sample different creative areas, rather than specialise too early. It provides a platform for progression and enables the development of generic transferable skills. In this music pathway, learners will learn the basics of recording and will undertake some performance work.

Entry requirements

You should present a short audition piece showreel of previous musical work  at interview.

Course Content

Students will study a variety of techniques including some music production and rehearsal skills, as well as essential industry skills. The course will culminate in a performance.

How will I be assessed?

The course is assessed entirely through coursework projects.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

Some nominal costs for equipment may apply, depending on the projects that students undertake.

What can I do after this course?

Further Study

Students who succesfully complete this course could progress to our Level 2 in Music or other programmes of study.


As well as teaching musical skills, this course develops broader 'soft' skills which are valued by a wide range of employers.

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* Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are not entitled to any concessions.
*** Co-Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are entitled to any partial concessions.

This course is run at the Joseph Wright Centre

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Harriet McDonnell

Harriet McDonnell

Rock band Muddibrooke set on right track by Derby College

From the moment she picked up a guitar at the age of eight, former Derby College music student Harriet McDonnell knew she wanted to be  a professional musician.    
Now, as the 25-year-old frontwoman of Derby rock band Muddibrooke, she and her band are achieving international success.    
Muddibrooke’s first single,Turn to Dust, was played on BBC Introducing, and went on to receive airplay all over the world within days of its release. And, when lockdown sadly meant the band couldn’t headline a gig at The Venue in May, Harriet and her band members worked on a single called Stay Home, inspired by their experiences of coronavirus.    
Harriet has also played many festivals and supported many other bands such as The Beautiful South, Doctor and the Medics and Frank Turner as a solo musician.    
Harriet, from Mickleover, maintains that studying full-time on the two-year BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma Music Performance at Derby College has definitely benefited her career.    
She said: “As manager of my own band, my course has helped me know more about the music industry and how it all works; as well as the performance aspect and getting an audience engaged with a show.    
“The part I enjoyed most at College was forming bands and performing a show at the end of each term.    
“I also loved composing our own music. It taught me a lot about how to use music software to record, compose and create a finished track. I use a lot of that knowledge now with my current work.” 

I would recommend Derby College and the music course to anyone thinking about pursuing a career in the music industry.


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