Music Performance Diploma

Music Performance Diploma – Bass Guitar

If playing the bass is your life and you can’t imagine doing anything else as a career, then studying a Music Performance Diploma at HCM Letchworth, HCM Milton Keynes or HCM Ware can help get you where you want to be. 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 a Bass Guitar course 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 playing the bass is your life and you can’t imagine doing anything else as a career, then studying a Music Performance Diploma at HCM Letchworth, HCM Milton Keynes or HCM Ware can help get you where you want to be.

Studying a one-year Level 2 Music Performance Diploma in Bass will help you develop your bass playing technique, musical knowledge, and performance skills, and for those who didn’t perform as well in their GCSEs as they’d hoped, they can retake their math and/or English GCSEs or Functional Skills while studying music.

Studying a two-year Level 3 Music Performance Diploma in Guitar is comparable to taking three A-levels and is another exciting way of approaching your sixth form learning. During your time with us, you’ll become an accomplished bassist and performer who understands the ins and outs of the modern music industry.

The HCM Bass Guitar course for UK and EU students aged 18 or under* are free, and there are also funding options available for those aged 19+.

When you study a Bass Guitar course at HCM Music College, you’ll explore a range of techniques on your instrument, including:

  • Slapping and popping
  • Hammer-ons
  • Pull-offs
  • Notation, chart and TAB reading
  • Developing sight reading and session skills
  • Embedded instrument maintenance, such as string changing and intonation
  • Advanced styles and techniques, such as fretless and five and six string bass playing
  • Working with drummers and other members of the rhythm section
  • DI and bass effect pedal skills
  • Embedded music theory and knowledge
  • Songs from genres including rock, soul, jazz and funk, especially chosen to help you explore the bass techniques you’re studying and put them into context

*Conditions apply.

How to apply

If you’re ready to apply for your bass guitar course at HCM Music College then you can complete our online music 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.

Assessment Info

You don’t need to have had formal music lessons to study bass at HCM, or have studied music at GCSE level, learned music theory or attained a certain grade on the bass. You just need to live and breath music and have reached an acceptable level as a bass player.

There’s no requirement to audition for HCM diploma courses, but you will be invited to attend an initial assessment when you apply for either the Level 2 or Level 3 Diploma course in Bass. The session will be carried out by one of our diploma bass tutors who will assess your current skill level on the bass. This will also help us in the setting of goals and development of a long-term plan for you, if you decide to study with us.


Level 2

Music Performance Diploma – Bass Guitar: If your GCSE grades in maths and/or English are a grade D(3) or below, you’ll be required to retake GCSE or Functional Skills maths and/or English at the same time as you study your Level 2 music qualification.

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Level 3

Music Performance Diploma – Bass Guitar: Open to those with both GCSE maths and English 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 maths and English.

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Fees & Funding

  • Our diploma courses are fully funded via the UK government for UK and EU students aged 16 to 18 years old.
  • For students aged 19-23, a diploma course may be fully funded depending on previous qualifications gained. Please ask for details.
  • For fee-paying students up to 23 years of age, the cost of a diploma course is £4,850.00 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 and financial support awarded on the basis of need, please contact our education partner Milton Keynes College’s Student Services.

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

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