Our Gateshead campus is located right in the heart of the city, and just a short hop from the neighbouring city of Newcastle. Both towns have a buzzing music culture, making the area a first class choice to take your next steps in music.

With one of the most vibrant student communities in the country, the area is home to some staple music venues such as The Cluny (Newcastle) and The Sage (Gateshead). Famous for electrifying nightlife, intimate cheap pubs, late-night cafes, stunning live music venues and a famously friendly local population, Gateshead and Newcastle are excellent (and affordable!) areas to gig and build networks as a budding musician. The AMS Gateshead tutors are all working industry professionals, with local links and connections ready to help students build their profile either on the gigging circuit, or on the music business side of things.

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 Gateshead 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 if we need to. We’re also spreading out, finding new spaces for learning so that 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.

Gateshead 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


    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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Notable Bands & Artists
Brian Johnson (AC/DC) • The Animals
Transport Links
Newcastle Train 10 mins Drive 10 mins • Leeds Train 2 hours Drive 1 hour 40 mins
Festivals and Venues
Leeds Festival – Evolution Emerging – V3 – The Cluny – The Sage
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