Music Practitioners

Specialist Music Industry Focused Qualifications

The Music Practitioners qualification is pathway based, meaning mandatory content can be undertaken in four key areas:

  • Performing
  • Technology
  • Composition
  • Business

Once mandatory content has been selected, leaners are then able to pick from a range of 150 units.

The Music Practitioners qualification is split into three qualifications:

  • Level 1&2 Certificates in performance/ technology/ composition for Music Practitioners (Performance Tables)
  • Level 1, 2 & 3 Qualifications for Music Practitioners ( Non Performance Tables)
  • Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma for Music Practitioners (Performance Tables)
    Level 3 Extended Diploma for Music Practitioners (Performance Tables)

These qualifications provide vocationally relevant courses in popular music, which allow for progression into a higher level of study and/or the industry. They focus upon the recognition of achievement through the acquisition of knowledge and practical musical skills, as well as offering flexibility of unit selection.

The aim of these qualifications is to provide learners with the knowledge and range of skills needed to progress them towards being able to operate successfully as performing musicians and producers.

Learners will:

  • Understand theoretical and contextual issues relating to music style, audience and the music industry; perform effectively on their instrument/voice;
  • Rehearse and display musicianship skills;initiate and develop repertoire; rehearse effectively and perform music live; understand relevant aspects of music technology.
  • Through developing the skills, knowledge and understanding outlined above, learners are provided with the basis for further development with the ultimate aim being the creation of a musician with the knowledge and skills-set to be able to perform and record music in a professional capacity (i.e. be a recording and performing artist). The core unit together with the optional units selected have been carefully chosen to reflect these aims.
  • The broad objectives are: To focus delivery and assessment on knowledge and understanding together with practical music making and music production through learner centred activity;To make the qualifications relevant to a wide variety of applications from FE provision through to schools and Youth and Creative
  • Apprenticeships and e-learning;To embed transferable skills and key skills into the qualifications

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


Sequence, produce and record
live music