UAL Level 3 Advanced Musicianship Programme

Welcome to the Advanced Musicianship Programme at Runshaw College. This course is an opportunity for serious and gifted musicians to develop their skills in performance, production, composition, song writing and music theory. (Free instrumental tuition available).

  • Course Information
    • Course Code
    • Attendance Pattern
    • Course Level
      Level 3
    • Study Mode
      Full Time
    • Course Location
      Leyland Campus
    • Age Group
      School Leavers (16-18)
    • Course Duration
      2 years
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  • Overview

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    Runshaw College is an approved centre for UAL Awarding Body Level 3 in the Advanced Musicianship Programme.

    AMP is a unique two-year course, equivalent to three A Levels, providing you with tuition in studio recording, solo and ensemble performance and music production. Across each of these elements, you will build the experience required to work in the modern music industry and prepare you for further study at prestigious universities and music conservatoires.

    An intensive full-time course aimed at developing performance, production, composition and song writing skills. Students will gain experience using Pro Tools software in our industry standard music studio and mac suites and will perform at a range of live events as well as record their work in the studio. The course aims to nurture a creative and experimental approach to music through practical projects, regardless of whether students are focused on pop and rock, jazz, classical or any other genre. Students will develop the skills required to progress onto highly prestigious university and conservatoire courses such as RNCM and LIPA.

    Course Highlights:

    Music Academy, free 1:1 Instrumental Tuition, specialist workshops and masterclasses and Grade 5+ Theory Support


  • Entry Requirements

    Entry requirements include a performance audition, alongside the college entry requirement of 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above, including a Grade 4 in GCSE Music or alternative equivalent qualification. If you have not studied music previously, we will still consider your application based on your musical abilities and experience. You should have a basic level of music theory, around grade 3 ABRSM standard.

  • How will I be assessed?

    Runshaw’s AMP combines practical skills with theoretical elements, allowing you to perform, create and explore music through a vast range of genres. Assessment takes place through a series of industry related projects, including live concerts production tasks, all set by your college tutors. You will be encouraged to push past the boundaries of your musical skills by exploring improvisation and working with new industry-standard software to compose music that creatively combines music technology and performance.

  • Progression Pathway

    Our Music students in recent years have progressed to:

    • The Royal College of Music
    • Trinity College of Music
    • Birmingham Conservatoire
    • The Royal Northern College of Music
    • Manhattan School of Music
    • Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
    • Bangor University
    • Durham University
    • Leeds College of Music
    • Leeds University
  • Programme Specification

    The full resources of the department will be at your disposal, including a professionally equipped recording studio, multiple performance spaces and practice rooms, and a fully equipped mac suite for music technology related work. You will use industry-standard professional software like ProTools and Sibelius, and you will have the opportunity to join numerous instrumental ensembles through our Music Academy. These ensembles perform in in several concerts throughout the year. You will also participate in workshops and trips to prestigious musical institutions.

  • National Careers Service

    For guidance about what careers subjects can lead on to please follow this link to the National Careers Service.