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Kendal College Music department provides the ideal balance of music performance and technology. A modern working musician needs a unique set of skills to support their creative outlets.

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Course Overview

This course will introduce you to and develop your skills within music performance, production and the creative commercial opportunities within the arts sector. You should be enthusiastic, have an active interest in music and be willing to participate in group activities and to work creatively as a member of a team.

You will have the opportunity to perform as both a soloist and as an ensemble. You will learn how to creatively use music software using professional standard equipment as well as using our professional recording studio. Units you will study include live music performance, sound recording, composition using music software, critical listening skills and personal music project. You will learn how to perform popular and world music from a range of genres; how the music industry operates, how to work as part of a team and crucially how to record and mix audio and midi. These units make it possible for you to take a performance or a technical route, depending on your interest and skills. You will be required to audition for this course.

There is a music-related residential visit as part of this course which will help to further build your skills within the industry.
All of our learners will be given support with their English and Maths skills where relevant to their main programme. Those students who have not yet achieved a grade 4 at GCSE in these subjects will continue to work towards these important qualifications at a level suited to them. Methods of Study include: Coursework, E-assessment, Portfolio of Evidence, Practical Demonstration/Assignment, Task-based Controlled Assessment Aural Examination, Multiple Choice Examination, Written Examination.

Entry Requirements

Four GCSEs at Grade 4 or above, preferably including English or Maths; or a Level 1 Diploma at Merit Level. You will also be required to audition for this programme.

After Your Course

Students usually progress on to Level 3 Diplomas in Music, Performing Arts or Technical Theatre. Work experience opportunities as a musician, music technician or music journalist.



The fee displayed is the course fee. Course fees are per year for full-time & degree-level courses, and per course for part-time courses.

There may be other costs associated with this course e.g. kit, equipment, books, trips etc. Financial support may be available to support you with these. See the Student Money pages for more information.

Courses Fees

The current full-time & degree-level fee information is related to the 2021/22 academic year and is subject to change before the start of the course. Fees for 2022/23 will be updated in the Spring Term 2022. There may also be additional costs associated with the course.

Entry Level, Level 1 & Level 2 Courses

You may qualify for financial support to cover the cost of a government-funded qualification if any of the below apply to you:

  • Receive an eligible means-tested benefit e.g. JSA, ESA or Universal Credit
  • Have an annual salary of less than £17,374.50
  • Were aged 16-18 on 31/08/21 and are not studying at another school/college
  • Were aged 19 or over on 31/08/21 and do not already have a Level 1 or 2 qualification
  • Have a household income under £25,000 and are in financial hardship

See the Student Money pages for more information.

Student Finance (Degree-Level Courses)

Whether you qualify for student finance depends on specific criteria. The main student finance package for full-time students includes a tuition fee loan and maintenance loan for living costs. Part-time students can access a tuition fee loan to pay for your course. Generally, you will only get student finance if you’re doing your first degree-level qualification. This is true even if your previous course was self-funded. For further information please see

The Access to Learning Fund is a non-repayable discretionary fund that gives students facing hardship extra financial support to access and remain in higher education. This can is accessed via the college. Please speak to Student Services for more information.

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