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RSL Diploma in Music and Performing Arts Level 4

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Welcome to MLC Diploma in Music and Performing Arts Level 4

An MLC Diploma in Music and Performing Arts is aimed at people who are either aspiring to or are already working in the music and performing arts industry. It is for musicians who wish to master their skills at a level higher than grade 8. Successful students will gain an internationally recognised diploma in music giving you the status that you deserve without incurring the costs associated with studying at university.

Our credible and flexible pathway is designed to work around your schedule.

MLC Diploma in Music and Performing Arts is aimed at people who are already working in the music and performing arts industry. The evidence required within the course is based on each individual’s industry practice. This accessible and relevant course offers the opportunity for learners to self-study and achieve units at a pace that fits with their professional and other educational commitments.

MLC Diploma in Music and Performing Arts Level 4 is a professional diploma that culminates in the learner being able to undergo a summative assessment with RSL Awards should they wish to do so. This exciting pathway continues to provide a progressive mastery approach to music and performing arts and an enjoyable experience for all learners.

Learners of this course will:
This course is designed for those musicians who wish to further develop their skills beyond grade 8 in music performance. As a student on this course you will be required to show technical mastery within a professional performance.


The aims of Diploma qualifications at levels 4 and 6 are:

  • To provide progression from the graded examinations progressive mastery framework.
  • To provide opportunities for learners to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of specialist areas such as teaching or working in the creative industries.
  • To provide progression within the Diploma pathways for management and/or higher level technical and professional skills, knowledge and understanding.

Diploma qualifications in Performing and Creative Enterprise are suitable for candidates in the pre-16, 16–18, 19+ age groups.

This course is commensurate to the third year of a degree and requires you to work independently, undertake research and assess your growth as a musician through practice. It is a blended form of delivery from within our learner management system (LMS), along with time spent with an MLC Mentor and individual development through your own practice.

A wealth of information is presented in written form, audio and video and is presented in a careful step-by-step approach.

MLC periodically hosts live webinars and communications are sent to the student cohort covering resource updates and other helpful, relevant information.

A manageable deadline for submissions will be mutually agreed by you and your mentor.

Each unit will be reviewed by MLC individually and in chronological order. The review will take form in comments being made within the shared Google Doc submission and you will be invited to meet your mentor – either face-to-face or online – to discuss the review in an open forum. You may then need to make alterations and re-submit.

Peer reviews and work experience can be facilitated by you or in conjunction with MLC. Help and advice will be given as you approach those units. Your initial purchase entitles you to no more than 20 hours of feedback and guidance time. Additional time can be purchased should you desire it.

Once each unit has been completed and mutually agreed, your work will be compiled as a portfolio and submitted to the awarding body in accordance with their rules and regulations. You will then be invited by them to take part in a viva voce. Your results and examiner’s report will then be posted to MLC and shared with you. This process will take place at MLC Nottingham and is subject to additional fees. All of which are publicly available at the awarding body’s website.

It is expected that this course should be completed within 45 weeks of signing up. It is advised and strongly recommended that you meet with MLC – in person or online – before signing up to this course.

Though reasonable efforts are taken to ensure that your journey when undertaking this course is a pleasant one, success cannot be guaranteed. Support is available though it cannot necessarily be preempted. Continued communication between you and MLC/your mentor is a prerequisite in order that you stand the best chance possible ensuring a successful outcome. If there is something that you do not understand or a point of issue that you require clarity, contact MLC via the dashboard of Full terms and conditions are available upon request.

There are no entry requirements for these qualifications. However, candidates should be aware that there will be an expectation of technical knowledge and understanding covered in previous qualifications.

The cost of this course is £2,499.

Available start dates

  • January 2021
  • September 2021

How to book to place

To book your place on our upcoming course you will need to:

Fill out the enquiry form below and one of our Advisers will be in touch with you This course can be studied individually or as part of a group. We limit the size of this course to 25 students at a time. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis so please book in good time to avoid disappointment.

If you have any questions about the course please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We realise that the fees can appear to be daunting. Contact us to discuss ways to pay.

The Diploma qualifications offered by MLC are designed to allow opportunities for flexible progression routes through the choice of optional units which will allow learners to tailor qualifications to meet their own specific needs for either working within the creative industries or for further progression to further training or education.

If you have opted for summative assessment by RSL awards and have successfully passed this course, you are entitled to use the letters standing for that diploma after your name. DipRSL stands for Diploma in music and performing arts as awarded by RSL Awards.

Successful participants can progress onto our Level 6 courses which is commensurate to the third year of an undergraduate degree.

This qualification is recognised in over 40 countries.

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