The dynamic city of Exeter is 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 has also has its share of music related enterprises including the famous Mansons Guitar Works, who make guitars for the likes of Matt Bellamy (Muse) and Mikey Demus (Skindred).

Exeter has always been a historic and cultural hub, but in 2019 the Cathedral City truly came into its own. New, quirky bars and cafes opening left, right and centre make Exeter a fun and vibrant city to explore throughout the year. Being so close to the countryside means that real earthy, muddy festivals are only a short hop away. Beautiful Days (run by the Levellers) happens every year as well as the cheerful Chagstock Music Festival in the heart of the moors – plus you’re only a short hop on the train to Glastonbury, home to the most famous festival of all.


2020 update

Of course, coronavirus has sadly impacted many of our local venues and arts centres, but with several of them having recently received Arts Council England funding, we think Exeter will be quick to get back on its feet.

Online learning: Since March we’ve swapped the studio for home and come September we’re confident we’ll be in a great position to offer flexible, online learning to students should we need to. We’re also spreading out, finding new spaces for learning so classrooms can be bigger and class sizes smaller. We were quick to adapt to the changes back in the Spring, and received some hugely positive feedback from our students.

Group tutor sessions and live online performances have kept me feeling involved and uplifted during these crazy times
– Ella Crossland, Exeter student, April 2020.

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Exeter Courses
  • RSL Level 3 Extended Diploma Music Practitioners

    This is an internationally recognised qualification with regular updates to mirror the developments within the music industry. It is written and developed by industry specialists with education professionals. Fully-accredited by OfQual and DfES, it is the equivalent to 3 A-levels with an outcome of up to 168 UCAS points.

  • Foundation Degree in Music and Sound

    The Foundation Degree in Music & Sound is developed to mirror the modern music industry, helping students gain the skills to be independent, multi-skilled music practitioners, fluent with various forms of multimedia. The Foundation Degree in Music & Sound is fully validated by the University of West London, which encompasses the London College of Music. A 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 Degree in Music & Sound will progress to the BA (Hons) top-up in Music & Sound.

  • BA (Hons) Music and Sound

    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 recognised industry experience backed up with qualifications. Validated by the University of West London, the course has been developed to mirror the modern music industry, allowing students to learn the skills to become independent, multi-skilled music practitioners, fluent with various forms of multi-media. We provide the time, space and the opportunity to develop your own sound and work on your material alongside gaining valuable vocational skills.

  • M.Mus Popular Music Performance

    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 tuition to expand and develop your competitive edge, and gain academic recognition to explore theories and ideas.

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What Else?

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.
Glastonbury - Lockdown Festival - Beautiful Days - Chagstock
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