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Welcome to the Music department

What's it all about?

We take your love of music, identify your unique musical talents, and train you in technique, theory and performance, so we can help you turn your passion into a career.

If you’re aged 16 and over and love music so much that you’d like to make a career out of it, why not consider studying a full-time Music Performance or Music Production Diploma at Milton Keynes College?

Awarded by RSL and delivered at our college sites across Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire by our esteemed partners HCM, our Level 2 and Level 3 diploma courses for aspiring guitarists, bassists, drummers, singers, keyboard players, songwriters and music producers give you access to everything you need to nurture your future music career. HCM has over 25 years’ experience in music, and their highly skilled teachers will take your love of music, identify your unique musical talents, train you in technique, theory and performance, and introduce you to the music industry.

And the best bit? Our music diploma courses are free for UK and EU students aged 18 or under*, and there are funding options available for students aged 19+ too.

*Conditions apply.

What will I do?

On our courses, you’ll learn real music industry skills taught by talented and inspirational teachers who all play an active role as music professionals in today’s music business.

On top of developing impressive performance and technical skills relevant to your course, you’ll participate in real-world music industry experiences, such as masterclasses, Q&A sessions with industry guests, studio tours, West End show attendance and regular live gigs throughout the year, as you learn first-hand the ins and outs of the music business.

Is it for me?

If you’re a 16-19 year old and you didn’t perform quite as well in your GCSEs as you’d hoped, you can retake them while you study music with us. Whether it’s English and/or maths GCSEs or Functional Skills that you need to resit, with a Level 2 Performance or Production Diploma you can work towards improving your results while also progressing a career in music.

If you’re looking to do your A-levels and know you want to make music full time, we offer an innovative alternative to the traditional sixth form route. Our Level 3 diplomas are the equivalent of three A-levels and a suitable path to future university music degree study and a music business career.

To join us, you don’t need to be currently studying GCSE or A-level music or be a formally trained musician – you just need to play your instrument to a reasonable standard, or have a passion for making electronic music.

Our diplomas are a great gateway to taking your first steps in a music industry career. Not only are they a chance to do something you love every day, but they’ll put you on a successful course to a professional and sustainable portfolio career in music and the creative arts.


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