Music Performance Diploma

Music Performance Diploma

Music performance diploma course for level 2 and level 3 diplomas for drummers, guitarists, bassists, singers and keyboard players. Did you know? If you’re aged 16-19 you can study for free!

Course Info

At HCM Ware, Letchworth & Milton Keynes Music College, we have Music Performance Diplomas to suit all levels of learning. Whether you’re aged 16-19, or are 19+, there’s a globally recognised Music Diploma to suit you.

Level 2 Diploma

Our one-year intermediary Music Performance Diploma allows you to retake your English and/or Maths GCSEs or Functional Skills at the same time as studying music.

Level 3 Diploma

Our two-year advanced Music Performance Diploma is equivalent to three A-levels, making it a modern alternative to the traditional sixth form route.

Free for UK and EU students aged 18 or under.*

Funding options are available for students aged 19+.

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If you’re 16 to 19 and would like to make music every day, with the goal of progressing to a career in the music industry, then our Level 2 and Level 3 Music Performance Diplomas awarded by Rockschool (RSL) can help get you there.

Whether you’re a singer, guitarist, bassist, drummer or songwriter we’ll help you explore your passion for music while develop your music performance skills and gaining a broader understanding of the way the music industry works. You don’t need any formal musical training or to be studying GCSE music to take part – just a desire to make music.

Our practical and vocational performance courses cover everything from technique and performance skills on your instrument, to musicianship, theory, style and genre history, composition and arranging, and music technology. There will be constant opportunities to rehearse, perform live and collaborate in a group environment.

You’ll also participate in real-world music industry experiences as you learn first-hand the ins and outs of the music business thank to workshops with successful musicians, musical directors, music producers and teachers, as well as visits by guest musicians and day trips to professional recording studio facilities. Our diplomas are a great gateway to taking your first steps in a music industry career, or continuing on with study in the form of a Music Degree at our partner school ICMP London.

  • Learn technical skills on your chosen instrument
  • Perform live and explore different techniques for different purposes
  • Learn recording skills
  • Understand musical styles and influences from the history of modern music
  • Learn in professional facilities with equipment by Marshall, Yamaha, Roland, Orange, Mapex, Shure and more
  • Compose and arrange music
  • Learn from fully qualified professional musicians, all active in the industry

Our courses are awarded by RSL and delivered at each of our HCM sites across Hertfordshire – Ware and Letchworth – and at Milton Keynes College in Buckinghamshire. They’re fully accredited by the Department of Education and Ofqual, and are your opportunity to make music every day, so you can ultimately make music your career.

Music diploma courses are free for UK and EU students aged 18 or under* and there are also funding options available for those aged 19+.

*Conditions apply.

Music Performance Diploma | HCM Music College - Ware, Letchworth & Milton Keynes
Music Performance Diploma

How to apply

If you’re ready to apply for your music diploma course at HCM Music College then you can complete our online diploma application form by clicking the button below.  If you still have questions, no problem, you can either complete our enquiry form and we’ll get back to you within 24 hours or alternatively you can get in touch with the team directly on 01920 460646 or by email: – we’re here to answer all of your questions.


We value music industry connectivity and ensure it’s built into your learning. At the start of your studies, you’ll be asked for a small ‘enrichment fee’ contribution which helps to make the programme of subsidised music industry trips, activities and events we have planned for you possible.

All your assessments will be based on coursework rather than exams.

All our courses are ‘paper free’, giving you 24/7 online access to course content via the ‘cloud’.

Entry Requirements

Level 2

The Level 2 Music Performance Diploma is open to anyone with a love of music and a reasonable level of technical ability on your instrument. You don’t need to have studied music at GCSE level or have undertaken music theory, and you’re not required to have achieved a certain examination grade on your instrument or have had formal music lessons before. Entry for this course is not by audition, but you’ll be required to attend an initial interview before you enrol where you’ll be assessed on your chosen instrument.

Please note: if your GCSE grades in English and/or maths are a grade D(3) or below, you’ll be required to retake GCSE or Functional Skills English and/or maths at the same time as you study your Level 2 music qualification.

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Level 3

The Level 3 Music Performance Diploma is open to those with both GCSE English and maths at a grade C(4) or above, or a relevant full Level 2 qualification at Merit level or above, with an 100% attendance record in both English and maths. Having studied music theory or music at GCSE level is not required, but you must have a passion for music and a reasonable level of technical ability on your chosen instrument. You don’t need to have had formal music lessons before or have reached a certain examination grade on your instrument. There are no auditions for this course, but you’ll be asked to attend an interview before you enrol so you can be assessed on your chosen instrument.

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Fees & Funding

  • The diploma courses are fully-funded via the UK Government for UK & EU students aged 16 to 18 years old.
  • For students aged 19-23 a diploma course may be fully funded depending upon previous qualifications gained. Please ask for details.
  • For fee-paying students up to 23 years of age the cost of the diploma course is £4850.00 per year
  • Funding and course costs for International Students are dealt with on an individual basis.
  • For bursary information, including help towards travel costs to college please contact Milton Keynes Student Services.

Enrolment age is based on the student age as of 31st August of the year they wish to enrol.



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