Our hub is right in the heart of this great city. Rich with art, theatre and music with a variety of arts venues and independent theatres like the Northcott Theatre, Exeter Phoenix, Lemon Grove, the Old Firehouse and the Corn Exchange, Exeter is a great place for musicians with plenty of gigging and work experience opportunities. Plus if you want the best of both worlds this is certainly the place for you – with the rolling Devonshire hills just a short drive away from the lively buzz of the city centre, you can’t go too far wrong. Oh, and the most famous music festival of all is a small hop away!

Exeter also has its share of music related enterprises including the famous Manson’s Guitar Works, who make guitars for the likes of Matt Bellamy (Muse) and Mikey Demus (Skindred). And our Exeter centre boasts some incredible teaching facilities and a dedicated, passionate team.

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Exeter Courses
  • RSL Level 3 Extended Diploma Music Practitioners

    Fully funded post-16 full-time music qualification. Specialist delivery for guitar and bass players, vocalists, drummers and singer-songwriters.

    Rock School Level 3 is an internationally recognised qualification with regular updates to keep in-step with changes in the music industry. Written and developed by industry specialists with education professionals, the RSL Level 3 provides specialist course delivery for students whatever your practice – guitar and bass players, vocalists, drummers and singer-songwriters. 

    The course is fully-accredited by OfQual and DfES, it is the equivalent to 3 A-levels with an outcome of up to 168 UCAS points. RSL Level 3 is a fully funded post-16 full-time music qualification. It is available at our Exeter and Gateshead centres. 

  • Foundation Degree in Music and Sound

    Undergraduate 2 year music course validated by London College of Music. Eligible for student finance, and designed for musicians of all disciplines.

    Take your next steps in music and hone an understanding of the modern music industry.

    Fully validated by the University of West London, which encompasses London College of Music, the Foundation Degree is a combined academic and vocational qualification, equivalent to two thirds of an honours degree. It is anticipated that those who complete the Foundation will progress to the BA (Hons) Music & Sound. Take your next steps in music and hone an understanding of the modern music industry with AMS this year. 

  • BA (Hons) Music and Sound

    BA Hons
    Undergraduate top-up year validated by the London College of Music. Gain a full Honours Degree in Music & Sound and consolidate your practice. Eligible for student finance, designed for musicians of all disciplines. 

    Equivalent to the 3rd year of a degree, this flexible top-up year is designed to follow on from our Foundation Degree in Music & Sound, but would also suit any applicants studying a music related HND, Foundation Degree or indeed those with relevant and recognised industry experience.

    Validated by the University of West London, the course is developed to reflect developments the modern music industry, and allows students to take the next step up in the practice and study. Students will learn the skills to become independent, multi-skilled music practitioners, fluent with various forms of multi-media and develop an awareness of the various careers available in the music industry. We provide the time, space and the opportunity to develop your own sound and work on your material alongside gaining valuable vocational skills. The course is available at any of our regional centres or you can study it online

  • M.Mus Popular Music Performance

    Masters

    Postgraduate M.Mus in Popular Music Performance, validated by London College of Music.

    Specialise in your desired topic in-depth, explore theories and ideas, and refine your craft on this taught Masters. Eligible for postgraduate student finance.
    In partnership with the London College of Music and University of West London, this qualification has been developed to address the needs of contemporary musicians on a practical, academic and professional basis delivered by highly qualified professionals active in the music industry. Explore in-depth an area of musicianship that interests you, combine practical and academic study with extensive ensemble work and individual guidance to expand and develop your competitive edge, and gain academic recognition to explore theories and ideas.

    Our masters course is available available online as a distanced learning programme with AMSonline

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We are pleased to operate as a public exam centre for RSL Awards. Any student learning an instrument through the Rockschool graded music system can come to us to take their exam during any of Rockschool’s set exam periods throughout the year.

Rockschool offer qualifications in Piano, Keys, Electric, Acoustic and Bass Guitar, Ukulele, Vocals, Drums, Music Theory and Music Production. Each grade is fully accredited by all the UK regulatory bodies with grades 6 – 8 carrying UCAS points to bolster university applications. If you want to know more about Rockschool or have any further questions, please head over to their website rslawards.com

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Notable Bands & Artists
Chris Martin (Coldplay) - Beth Gibbons (Portishead) - Thom Yorke (Radiohead) - Muse - Ben Howard - Cosmo Jarvis
Transport Links
Plymouth: 50 mins bus/drive/train - Bristol: 50 mins drive/90 mins train - Local buses to beautiful rural towns, by the sea or the moors.
Festivals
Glastonbury - Lockdown Festival - Beautiful Days - Chagstock
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