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The programme offers a unique opportunity to develop specialist skills while engaging with a broad range of music practices, thus equipping producers and musicians for the complexities of early 21st century music production. At the same time, the degree provides students with a range of history, culture and theory modules that enable students to contextualise their music production skills and develop essential skills in writing and analysis. Throughout the programme, students are encouraged to develop their individual creativity and capacity to work in a range of collaborative situations.

Successful completion of programme FdA Music and Production at Lewisham and Southwark College leads to the award of FdA Music and Production by University of East London

Cash bursary

  • Students on this course are eligible for a means-tested cash bursary of up to £1,000 for each year of study, which is designed to help you with your living expenses, travel and materials.
  • Entry Requirements, Units, Assessment and more...

    Entry Requirements

    Applicants will usually be 18+ years of age and have an educational attainment equivalent to 200 UCAS tariff points at A2, i.e. at least two A-levels at grade D or an overall MMP at a National Diploma. Applicants whose first language is not English would be expected to have a minimum IELTS (International English Language Testing System) of 5.5 with no skill level below 5.0

    It is expected that you will have completed a relevant vocational level 3 qualification in a suitable field, and you will be expected at audition to demonstrate relevant music or music sequencing skills at an appropriate level.

    While entry qualifications would usually be expected to be in a subject related to that for which they are applying, applicants qualified in other areas will be considered subject to an appropriate level of aptitude and interest being demonstrated.

    Applicants who do not satisfy the formal academic requirements noted above but who have relevant industry experience or can demonstrate a level of aptitude, ability and interest, may be deemed suitable and offered a place on the programme. These applicants will need to have worked within the music industry (equivalent to at least one year of full time work, employed or self-employed), or to have gained a level of appropriate skills similar or higher to that offered by academically qualified candidates on entry to the Foundation Degree Programme.

    Consideration of eligibility will include:

    • the meeting of entry requirements
    • the recommendation of the employer/supervisor
    • a commitment to completing programme requirements
    • evidence of a desire for professional development
    • a history of work in the music industry equivalent to at least one year's full time employment
    • demonstrable skills similar to those offered by academically qualified candidates
    • Interview/Audition required
    • Wherever possible applicants will be interviewed. International applicants may be interviewed via telecoms systems.
    • Portfolio/Evidence Required
    • Where appropriate applicants may be asked to submit a portfolio of creative work.
    • This can be submitted by post or email as well as other on-line means such as via personal web pages.

    Assessment Method

    Assessment is via coursework ? there are no exams. Coursework consists of collaborative creative projects, audio and visual work, presentations and written work

    Students with disabilities and/or particular learning needs should discuss assessments with the Programme Leader to ensure they are able to fully engage with all assessment within the programme.

    Aims of the course

    This programme is designed to give you the opportunity to:

    • Learn and develop a wide range of production skills
    • Develop performance skills to a professional standard
    • Learn how to work collaboratively with other musicians and producers
    • Formulate a practical career development plan

    What will you learn?

    • Knowledge and understanding
    • Contemporary music production and performance practices
    • Computer music production techniques that include recording studio production, producing music for the moving image and the integration of live instrumentation with electronic sound.
    • Theory of musical arrangement composition
    • Detailed knowledge of music genre, technology, digitisation and global music culture
    • Detailed knowledge of the functioning of the music industry
    • Thinking skills
    • Expression and analysis, synthesis, evaluation and argument
    • Subject-Based Practical skills
    • Use of professional software tools
    • Studio recording skills
    • Musical arranging, songwriting and compositional skills
    • Midi sequencing and audio production, post-production and mastering
    • Group management of creative projects
    • Reading music, notation, development of harmony, composition, arrangement
    • Delivery of music across different media forms (video, film, internet)
    • Live and recorded music making and performance
    • Critical listening and analytical writing
    • Business planning
    • Skills for life and work
    • Ability to work independently and in collaboration with others, demonstrating skills in leadership, negotiation, listening, critical self-awareness, teamwork, organisation of self and others, decision making
    • Intellectual curiosity and the potential for continuing artistic and creative development
    • High level of competence in the use of music equipment and technology

    Progression Opportunities

    Successful completion of this qualification leads to automatic progression to L6 of either the BA(hons) in Popular Music or the BSc(hons) in Music Technology at University of East London.


    Students enjoy the use of state of the art recording, rehearsal, workstation and information technology facilities. The course is delivered through classroom lessons and practical project work on workstations, in the rehearsal room, in the studio and onstage. There are many opportunities to perform at external venues. Likewise there are many opportunities for trips and visits to concerts, backstage events and businesses operating inside the industry. You will enjoy sessions delivered by various music business professionals.

    Career Options

    Working in the music industry as a performer, business person or engineer.

    What can I earn in the music industry?

    When you're deciding what to study post-16, it's important to think about where your course will lead. As a trained musician you'll be starting on a very fulfilling and varied career path with the opportunity to earn well:

    • Musicians can earn around £19,000 to start with, and £32,000 with a few years' experience ? but obviously this varies a lot!
    • DJs can earn around £24,000 with 3-5 years' experience
    • Music development managers start on around £25,000 a year and can earn £45,000 with 3-5 years' experience

    If you want to turn your passion for music into a career, we offer a diverse range of vocational courses that will help you get where you want to go. Our former students have gone on to successful careers in performance and songwriting, music production, or business roles for major companies like Yamaha Music London ? and with the right training, there's no reason why you shouldn't follow in their footsteps. To find out more go to or contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Course Details

Venue Southwark
Day/Eve Day
Mode Full Time
Duration 2 years
Start Date 07/09/2020
End Date 01/07/2022


For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Fees and Finance.

16-18 Free
19-24 £ 6,165 p/year
24+ £6,165 p/year
International Please Enquire

More Options

  • Starting 07/09/2020 at Southwark
    Venue Southwark
    Day/Eve Day
    Mode Full Time
    Duration 2 years
    Start Date 07/09/2020
    End Date 01/07/2022


    For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Fees and Finance.

    16-18 Free
    19-24 £ 6,165 p/year
    24+ £6,165 p/year
    International Please Enquire

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