Creative Practitioners

Creative Practitioners Level 4

RSL’s Level 4 Creative Practitioners Qualifications offer a unique and innovative professional development framework for musicians, dancers, actors, musical theatre performers and entrepreneurs from across the creative industries.

Learners registered on these qualifications undertake a journey of development in conjunction with expert mentors, from self and market analysis to ‘brand’ development and presentation to the industry, whatever a learner’s aspiration they can develop a strategy to achieve their goal.

These qualifications have been completed by international music stars such as Ed Sheeran & Jess Glynne but have also produced successful band managers, label owners and renowned producers.


Creative Practitioners Syllabus Downloads

Units Available

The Extended Diploma (540 GLH) is equivalent to the first year of a degree and offers a ‘Continuing Professional Development’ framework, allowing individuals to analyse their ‘offer’ in addition to the market they wish to enter; working on their skills whilst marketing and presenting themselves to the industry.

Creative Practitioners Unit Flowchart

Level 4 Creative Practitioners Syllabus (From September 2022)

These qualifications are funded by the ESFA for 16-18 year olds and are on the Advanced Learner Loan catalogue for learners aged 19+.

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    Top-up Qualifications

    Topping Up with an RSL Creative Industries Practitioners Qualification

    RSLs Level 4 and 5 qualifications for aspiring artists, entrepreneurs and creative industries professionals offer unique pathways for professional development.

    Our qualifications are designed for learners seeking an alternative option to traditional HE, whereby they can receive expert mentoring while honing their craft. However, it may be that when a learner completes a Level 4 or 5 qualification they decide that their desired next step is to continue to study in year 2 or 3 of an undergraduate degree. On this basis RSL has pioneered top up routes in to continuing study at some of the UKs most progressive specialist providers of Creative Industries HE.



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