Methods of teaching, learning and assessment
The course must be taken for two years, since no qualification can be awarded for part completion. There is an option to increase the size of qualification to ‘Extended Diploma’ for those who wish to study in additional hours, this must be approved by music department before embarking on this pathway.
Lessons are delivered through whole class sessions for practical music production and for the start of new assessment briefs. Students also work independently and are expected to take responsibility for their learning and monitor their progress throughout assessment tasks.
The course is completed almost entirely through the production of coursework. Each unit specifies a number of skills which students must develop, and which can be demonstrated at Pass, Merit or Distinction level. All learning is driven by assignments, which allow these skills to be demonstrated. Where a skill is not initially evident at a minimum pass level, further assignments can be undertaken.