Level 3 Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma in Performing Arts (MUSIC)


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Cambridge Technicals are vocational qualifications at Level 3. They’re designed with the workplace in mind and provide a high-quality alternative to A Levels.

This qualification provides students with the knowledge and skills required for further higher level study or employment. Key elements of the course enable students to develop the behaviours and attributes needed to progress and succeed in education and in work.

Unit 1: Preparing to Work in the Performing Arts Sector 

Students will gain an understanding of the range and diversity of the performing arts industry. They will learn about the jobs and organisations that make up the industry, how it is funded and how companies are supported and regulated. 

Unit 2: Proposal for a Commissioning Brief

Students will be given the opportunity to develop a community arts project from a given brief, developing knowledge and understanding of administration and planning, as well as the appropriate creative skills and techniques applicable to a project. 

Unit 3: Influential Performance Practice

Students will learn about genres, styles and periods, social, cultural and historical influences and significant theatrical/performance developments and practitioners. 

Unit 23: Creating Music to Perform

Students will explore a broad range of compositional ideas and influences to inspire current music creation possibilities, but at the same time, to reflect on the range from traditional western classical, jazz and popular styles as a creative stimulus. 

Unit 24: Instrumental Music Technique or Unit 26: Singing Technique

Students will develop their technical music skills through exploring how a chosen instrument/voice works in theory and practice and in the application of skills and techniques.

Unit 25: Music Performance or Unit 27: Singing Performance

Students will investigate different genres of music, then select pieces to prepare for performance as both a soloist and as a member of an ensemble. 

One option from Unit 28: Songwriting, Unit 29: Musicianship, Unit 30: Producing Music using Technology or Unit 31: Technical Management 


This course provides learners with the opportunity to study music in an integratedway where the skills of performing, composing and appraising reinforce knowledge and understanding of musical elements, contexts and language.

On completion of this course, many students choose to progress onto a wide range of specialist music performance and recording courses that are available throughout the UK.  Job roles in this sector include artist, composer/songwriter, session musician and record company personnel. Students may also go on to study acoustics, computing and media courses at university and pursue careers in music performance and promotion, composing for digital media, song writing, audio production, music video production, sound design, music industry management and music publishing.


  • Organisation and time management skills through consistently working to deadlines 
  • Professional working practice, including personal development as a musician and compositional work
  • Extensive live performance experience both as a solo musician and as part of an ensemble
  • Recording studio experience
  • Self-evaluative and reflective skills
  • A working knowledge of a wide range of music genres
  • Numeracy & literacy skills
  • Confident computer skills