Cardiff and Vale College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of West London

Music Performance and Recording

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Course summary

Would you like to increase your versatility as a performing and recording artist? Are you a performing artist or singer songwriter who wants to become a professional musician? This course has been developed in response to current demands from the music industry. It aims to develop your skills as a performer and writer, along with your technical knowledge and to give you essential industry know-how that can help you to build your music career. You will have access to an impressive range of technical facilities and studios. This includes professionally equipped suites with the latest industry software, a recording studio and surround sound mixing suite making it one of Cardiff’s best audio complexes. One half of this course will focus on performance and stagecraft, while the other will cover: song writing and arrangement studio recording, mixing and production management, PR and promotion Led by experienced tutors who are actively practising in the music business, our goal is to help you develop as a musician, performer and band leader, while giving you a solid understanding of marketing, PR and promotion. Not only will you have individual tuition on your chosen instrument throughout the course, you will also benefit from practical workshops and sessions dedicated to stagecraft, recording, mixing, production and musical direction. Our location, close to the vibrant music scene in Cardiff, provides unique opportunities for placements, work experience and networking. We will also encourage you to collaborate with other musicians and artists at CAVC so you will be able to apply your skills in a variety of live situations, working with performers in a range of genres. Following the successful completion of the DipHE, you can progress to the BMus(Hons) Music Performance & Recording Top-up course also run at the College, to achieve a full honours degree.


Year 1 (level 4): Performance for Recording Recording Theory Recording Practice Situated Performance Songwriting and Arranging Understanding Creative Industries Year 2 (level 5) Performance Artistry Recording Music Leading in Performance Research Methods for Performance and Recording Understanding Music Publishing Plus one optional module from either Business Skills for the Music Industry or Music Teaching and Pedagogy.

Assessment method

Assessment includes course work, practical assessment and a portfolio submission.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

In addition a Grade 6 performance on your stated first instrument, or voice, alongside grade 5 music theory or a pass at BTEC Unit 27 (music theory and harmony). If you do not hold these grades, but feel you are at the required standard, you can still apply for this course. Your suitability will be determined through an audition which you will be required to attend. The audition will be informal and will also include a relaxed interview. Candidates without a level 3 Music qualification are required to provide a portfolio.

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English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6a minimum of IELTS 5.5 for each of the 4 individual components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening).

We also accept other English language examination equivalents. The standard requirement is at a level B2 in accordance to the Common European Framework of Reference for languages (CEFR). We require a level B2 standard in all of the elements: • reading • writing • speaking • listening.

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £7500* Year 1
Northern Ireland £7500* Year 1
Scotland £7500* Year 1
Wales £7500* Year 1
Channel Islands £7500* Year 1
Republic of Ireland £7500* Year 1
EU £14250* Year 1
International £14250* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the College library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed on the College website (on individual course pages). Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense. EU students who have settled or pre-settled status in the UK under the EU Settlement Scheme, may be eligible for student finance and be designated as a home student for fees purposes. Irish nationals are eligible for support under the Common Travel Area arrangement.

Sponsorship information

CAVC has a range of bursaries and scholarships that students on undergraduate, higher education programmes can apply for to support their studies. Applicants can find more information by visiting the college website

Music Performance and Recording at Cardiff and Vale College - UCAS