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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*
Full Concession: (0 Tuition/Exam Fee) available dependant on eligibility – A Full Concession is not applicable to a full-cost course

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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Jacob Holmes

Jacob Holmes

Set to make some noise in the music industry

Music Technology learner Jacob Holmes chose his course after meeting Derby College tutors at an information evening. He says they were so passionate and enthusiastic about their subject, he was immediately inspired to enrol.
The decision turned out to be a sound one. He is now preparing for higher education at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, with a view to a career in the live sound and theatre industry. Jacob has also won applause for his exceptional commitment to his studies.
Keen to develop his skills and understanding, he undertook sound and lighting operations at extra-curricular gigs and performances – both in-house and at external venues – and proved to be an essential part of any technical team. His dedication earned him the Media, Music and Performing Arts prize, sponsored by the Derby Telegraph, at our 2014 Peak Awards.

The tutors at Derby College are so helpful. They really care about the learners and their progress, which pushes you to work harder.


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