RSL Extended Diploma in Music

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.

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Course Details


  • Pathway specific tuition with professional musicians
  • Get up-to-date with today’s music industry and how it operates
  • Market and release your own music
  • Gain first-hand knowledge in masterclass lessons from industry professionals


You will be able to progress directly onto degree level study. During your time with us, besides meeting some fantastic friends and musicians, you would have gained transferable skills such as time-management, communication and teamwork, as well as building a portfolio of work.

Entry Requirements

Minimum of 5 GCSEs grade 4 or above including Maths and English, plus a successful audition and interview. Students with special educational needs may be exempt from the minimum requirement of GCSEs. This course is fully funded for sixteen to eighteen year olds in partnership with New College Swindon.

Guitar, Drums, Bass & Vocals

Undertake a key role in a band

Engage in a recorded music performance

Gain experience as a session musician

Live performance experience


Compose and perform your own music

Collaborate with others to create original music

Develop and refine your lyric-writing skills

Learn from professionals and hone your skills

Music Technology

Record, mix and master your music

Explore MIDI sequencing, dynamic processors, analogue synthesis, equalisation and filters

Experience live sound engineering, setting up and mixing live bands

Audition & Interview

Our qualifications require a successful audition and interview to enrol onto a course, but don’t be nervous! The auditions are on a 1-1 basis to assess your future potential to see what you can do, rather than what you can’t. It’s a great chance for you to see the centre, meet our fantastic tutors and ask any questions. You’re coming to us to learn and improve your skills, so we appreciate everyone has their strengths.

How To Apply

Application for this course is via the application form below

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