Course Summary

Qualification: Associate Diploma

Course code: MU

Credits : 60

How long does it take?

Part time – 2 years

Full time – 1 years

Time limit – 10 years

This diploma will broaden and deepen your understanding of music theory through study of traditional harmony, counterpoint and the various skills that are the building blocks of Western music. You’ll undertake different tasks built around separate areas as well as combining the technical elements of music with history as preparation for the final exam.

Key features of the course

  • Study a wide range of musical history and skills
  • Explore music through analysis, composition and contextual study
  • Create your own music with the help of specialist software 
  • Relevant to a wide range of careers including music performance, teaching, composition, community music leadership, and musicologist.

An independent qualification in its own right at UK RQF level 5 equivalence, this diploma grants credit towards the Bachelor of Music degree.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification.

Students at any level of practical musical skill can take this qualification but before commencing study you should have a knowledge of music theory equivalent to UK A level, as the course begins at this level and progress to more advanced musical concepts and techniques. If you have not yet attained this level, you can take a variety of online courses such as the Diploma in Music to help develop your knowledge. Contact the College for guidance were required.

How much time do I need?

  • Most of our students study part time, completing 60 credits a year.
  • This will usually mean studying for 6-12 hours a week.