This course is validated by: University of the Arts London

Music, Performing & Production Arts (UAL) Level 1 Diploma

Course Information

  • Course Code: MP036
  • Duration: 1 academic year
  • Approved by: University of the Arts London
  • Study mode: Full Time

Level 1 Music is a one year programme and a great introduction to the world of Music. This course will provide you with practical, hands-on experience giving learners the chance to explore different aspects of Music and to develop a wide skill set ranging from performing music and writing music, to sound recording and music promotion.

You will have the opportunity to experience a diverse and exciting programme of study including input from music industry professionals.  In addition you will benefit from relevant work related experience within local music venues and studios to provide technical and performance work experience to enhance your chances of employment and give you a taste of working in a creative career.   

You will engage with real live projects from local music venues and recording studios through to working with national bodies such as The National Festival of Making and Creative Lancashire. 

You will also have the opportunity to particupate in study trips to gain inspiration and help improve your understanding of the music and related industries.

Blackburn College is the only college in Lancashire to have a partnership with University of the Arts, London (UAL) In addition you will benefit from being located in our Futures Centre which features our professional recording studio with control room, mixing and production facilities.


What will I study?

What will I study:

  • An introduction to the music industry, styles, artists and record labels.
  • Explore the broad range of skills required for the music performance and music production industries.
  • Use research techniques to explore different musicians and musical genres to improve and inspire ideas and personal work.
  • An introduction of how to communicate with an audience
  • Produce individual, personalised work through a music project in performance, production or related disciplines.
Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements: 

This course is aimed at students who do not have GCSE qualifications at Grade C or above. Successful candidates will undertake a discussion at which they will need to demonstrate a keen interest in the Music industry.

How will I be assessed?

How will I be assessed:

Assessments are continuous, with regular feedback given so you know exactly how you are progressing. In the final stages of the course you will produce a final major project. This will be set internally and externally moderated. Staff will advise and guide you through these stages and encourage you to use all the skills  gained throughout the course.

What can I do next?

After successful completion of the course you will be able to progress to a UAL Level 2 Diploma in Music and onwards to other higher level specialist areas where appropriate.

The course is ideal for those looking for a career in the following professions:


Sound Technician

Music Retail

Sound engineer

Music Promotion Manager

Music Teacher

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Career Options

Music Promotions Manager

Music promotions managers publicise recording artists or live music events. If you've got knowledge of music and the music industry, and you are persuasive and good at negotiating, this job could be ideal for you.

In this job you will need excellent spoken and written communication skills. You will need to be able to stay organised when working under pressure.

There is no set entry route to become a music promotions manager. Having experience and contacts in the industry can help you find employment. Many people move into this job from other roles within the music industry.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Music Teacher

Music teachers give music lessons to people of all ages and abilities. If you are skilled at playing a musical instrument or singing and would like to pass your skills and love of music on to others, then there could be opportunities for you in this job.

Patience and encouragement will help you to teach pupils at a pace that is right for them. You’ll also be using your communication skills to share your enthusiasm for music.

There are different entry requirements for this job, depending on whether you want to teach in a music college, primary school, secondary school, or offer private tuition.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Music Therapist

Music therapists use music and sound to help improve people's emotional wellbeing, relieve stress and improve confidence.

If you have a high level of musical ability and would like to use your communication skills to help people improve their lives, this could be the job for you.

In this role you will need to be able to relate well to all kinds of different people. You will also need to be non-judgemental and enjoy helping people.

To get into this job you will need a master’s qualification in music therapy. To do a master’s course you will need a diploma or degree in music, or a degree in psychology or education.?

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Pop Musician

As a pop musician, you would earn money from performing music of any style from rock, pop or indie to jazz or folk. You could perform as part of a band or choir, as a solo artist, or as a session or backing musician. If you've got musical talent and you enjoy performing in front of an audience, there could be opportunities for you as a pop musician.

To be successful you would need self-confidence, creativity and your own individual style. You’ll also need to be motivated, determined and be able to cope well with feedback and criticism.

You will need a good level of musical ability as a singer or on your chosen instrument. Many pop musicians take music lessons, in colleges or through private music teachers.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire