Course Type: Full Time

Level 3 Popular Music (with Sage Gateshead)

  • Course Code AAA0661
  • Start Date 3rd September 2018
  • Duration 1 year
  • Campus Baltic Campus

Delivered in partnership with Sage Gateshead.


Study music with us and you’ll be surrounded by internationally acclaimed artists, world class music practitioners, a skilled technical team and expert teachers. You’ll live and breathe what it’s like to be a professional musician, enjoying a learning experience that will put you at the top of any employer’s list and give you the best opportunities to kick start your career. 


You will develop 5 key areas vital to your musical career:

  • Performance
  • Creativity
  • Musicianship
  • Technology
  • Enterprise.


You’ll benefit from instrumental lessons every week, delivered by world-class music practitioners from Sage Gateshead, take part in live venue performance workshops every week and perform gigs in professional cultural venues at least three times a year. You’ll study graded music theory exams and have the opportunity to study graded instrumental syllabus, (RGT, LCM and Rock School.) You’ll also benefit from discounted tickets for a selection of concerts and additional performance opportunities as part of Sage Gateshead’s learning and participation concert series. Your time will be split between the Sage Gateshead on Gateshead Quays and Gateshead College’s Baltic Campus, so you’ll be able to take advantage of two venues with world class facilities. 


On top of this excellent experience you'll get to develop your wider employability skills, including English and maths. This will mean studying for GCSEs or Level 2 Functional Skills qualifications in English or maths if you don't already have them.


Fast-track to an apprenticeship

If you can’t find the right apprenticeship vacancy or you want to do some studying first - no problem. You can start on a vocational study programme then once you’re ready and a vacancy becomes available, we’ll help you transfer on to an apprenticeship.


The place of study

Teaching of the course will be split between our Baltic Campus and Sage Gateshead.
Our fantastic Baltic Campus is equipped with some of the best education facilities in the UK. And with industry standard recording studios, rehearsal spaces and a custom built 200 capacity performance theatre, all our music courses are well catered for.
Our facilities are recognised as being among the best in the country. This is one of the reasons that we were chosen as a founder college of the National Skills Academy Creative and Cultural (NSACC), a national network of colleges, companies and venues around the country that aim to improve the skill level within the Creative Industries. We were the only college in the region to be chosen for the network which includes the Royal Albert Hall, Sage Gateshead and companies behind some of the world's biggest music festivals.
Our status as a founder college means our students get exclusive opportunities such as:
Work experience behind the scenes at Leeds Festival
Workshop days and tours of venues such as the Royal Albert Hall
Performance opportunities at venues such as Sage Gateshead

An interview is required, an audition is required and equipment is needed.

How to apply

You can register your interest for this course online, call 0191 490 2246 or email start@gateshead.ac.uk.

How will I be assessed?

You'll be assessed using a variety of methods, including performance assessment, personal journals, assignments, tests and others. The exact nature of the evidence you'll need to provide will depend on the subject material you're covering.

Qualifications needed

You will need GCSE English at Grade 4 (C) or above, plus 3 other GCSEs at Grade 4 (C) or above (preferably including Maths). Relevant vocational qualifications at Level 2 will be considered. You will also need to pass an audition.

Required experience

You'll need to have some musical ability on your chosen instrument. The application process includes an audition.

This course is free to those aged 19 years and under.

Most people aged 19 years and over can qualify for free or reduced course fees. This depends on your individual circumstances.

If you already have a full level 3 qualification and are aged 19 or over you can apply for an Advanced Learning Loan or pay the fee in full upfront, minus a 10% discount.

You can get more information at our Enrolment Events, by calling 0191 490 2246 or email us at start@gateshead.ac.uk

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