What are Music Practitioner qualifications?

Music Practitioners give schools, colleges and private providers the flexibility and choice to develop, shape and inspire their learners with specialist music industry focused qualifications that combine unrivalled practicality with academic credibility.

Music Practitioners Qualifications are the No.1 choice in over 250 schools, colleges and private institutions worldwide

Why choose Music Practitioners?

DfE 2018 Performance Tables approved

Music Practitioners Qualifications feature in seven different categories on the DfE’s Performance Tables for first teaching in September 2016. Learn more.

Tailored to your teaching space and resource

Music Practitioners have been created with flexibility in mind so you can adapt and mould our qualifications to fit around your teaching styles, methods and resources.

Over 150 specialist units

Whether your learners are composers, producers, music business or performance minded, they’ll find over 150 different units to choose from depending on their musical tastes and career paths.

Unparalleled industry-relevance

We ensure our qualifications and units are regularly updated in conjunction with industry specialists to mirror developments in the industry, meaning your learners get the right skills for their future careers.

Globally delivered

Music Practitioners' courses are the No.1 choice in over 250 schools and colleges across the globe - from London to LA. View our delivery centres

Fully accredited

Equivalent to GCSE, A Level and BTEC, Music Practitioners are fully accredited by OfQual and DfES with up to 168 UCAS points at Level 3.

Practically-focused courses with a flexible structure

With over 150 units spanning four core pathways – Performance, Technology, Business and Composition - your learners have the flexibility to adapt a qualification to their strengths, interests and musical backgrounds.


Learners choose a core unit from one of four pathways:


Develop key individual, band
and live performance skills


Write a song, compose a


Set up a label, release a track
or promote a club night

After selecting a core unit, learners can then build a qualification from our wide range of optional units – each specifically created to address the needs of the modern music industry, giving the specialist skills needed for a future career in the creative industries.

Syllabus Information

RSL has a range of syllabuses at Levels 1 to 3 some of which contribute to performance tables.

Level 1 & 2 Technical Awards

Performance Tables

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Level 3 Tech Levels Syllabus

Performance Tables

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Level 1 - 3 Syllabus Pack

Non-Performance Tables

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Apprenticeship Certificates

Non-Performance Tables

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Music Practitioners Alumni

Music Practitioners Qualifications have helped develop high-profile artists as well as provide many young people with a viable route to work within the industry.


Centres running RSL's Music Practitioners Qualifications can draw on funding from various sources, depending on the qualifications offered. Read more...

Performance Tables

RSL has Music and Performing Arts qualifications on the Performance Tables for 14-16 and 16-19 year old learners. Read more...


Fees range from the Level of are charged per learner. Learn more...

Delivery Centres

Music Practitioners Qualifications are delivered at centres across the globe. Find your nearest centre