If you're looking for alternatives to university but still want to achieve a university-level qualification without the prospect of full-time study, RSL Awards' Level 4 qualifications are your perfect solution...

Whether you’re looking for an alternative to university, considering a gap year, or you’re an education partner reviewing study options for your students, RSL Awards has a plethora of study solutions for your consideration.

Looking to the new academic year ahead, we’d like to introduce you to two university-level qualifications which can be studied alongside other qualifications, a professional working life, or as part of a Gap Year. Both qualifications provide excellent routes into the £11bn Creative Industries, covering options such as branding, marketing, performing, teaching, and developing your specialist skills in a range of roles on and off the stage. These could be excellent alternatives to university studies.

At RQF Level 4, these courses are the same academic level as the first year of a degree programme but are self-study qualifications assessed via submission of an online portfolio and with flexible options to enable you to gain a tailor-made qualification focused on your own area of expertise.

RSL Awards Professional Diplomas

The RSL Awards Professional Diplomas at Level 4 are an excellent vehicle for you to gain a qualification either through independent study; or as part of a student leadership or extended learning programme at school or college. There are three pathways across Teaching, Performing or Creative Enterprise which enable you to engage in a range of industry-relevant activities and gather evidence of your skills and research which is then submitted as an online evidence portfolio.

The RSL Awards Professional Diplomas allow you to focus on establishing yourself as a creative professional in your chosen area of the Creative Industry. Each pathway includes an optional unit, allowing you to customise your specialist learning, and have been designed to develop and recognise excellence in the creative arts.

Rockschool Professional Diplomas are good alternatives to university

With just 40 guided learning hours, the RSL Awards Professional Diplomas can be completed in under a year and offer a flexible route to an accredited qualification benchmarked at foundation degree level (RQF Level 4). On passing the course at Pass, Merit or Distinction, you are given the letters DipRSL to put after your name. We believe this is the perfect solution for those considering home-learning, or an excellent addition to a school or college’s extended post-16 offer.

For those of you looking for a more advanced qualification, you can also opt for the RSL Awards Professional Diploma at Level 6.

Musician and educator, Alex Forryan, takes a dive into our Level 4 Professional Diploma. In these videos, Alex will explain who the Professional Diplomas are for, the pathways available, and explore the core/optional units included in the syllabus.

Creative Industries Practitioners from DIME ONLINE

DIME ONLINE have created a unique, flexible, remote learning study option built around the RSL Awards Creative Industries Practitioners qualifications for students who are driven to make their mark in today’s music industry.

Comprised of different course modules, you can choose your own combination and number of modules to create the length and size of course you want. You can study in your own time, at your own pace and from wherever you feel most comfortable, earning an RSL Creative Industries Practitioners qualification at Level 4 and Level 5, with the Extended Diploma – the biggest combination of modules - equal to the first and second year of a BA(Hons) degree.

Whether you are a songwriter, in a band, manage an artist or teach private lessons, these qualifications will give you the tools needed to further your career and increase your income. Delivered completely online, you will have 24-hour access to course materials via DIME ONLINE’s virtual learning environment, Canvas.

Do not hesitate to contact us if you'd like to get more information on alternatives to university provided by RSL Awards.