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In Short

Bay Studios is a dynamic, vibrant and above all, a highly creative place to work in and study Music, Music Technology, Dance, Acting and Musical Theatre. The two year programme of study aims to provide you with the skills needed to succeed in the music industry or progress to Higher Education. You will become part of a performance company, mirroring current industry practice and producing fully mounted gigs and productions here at the Studios and at other venues in the South West. All music and music technology students have access to their dedicated common room (‘The Green Room’), the Fleet canteen, Costa Coffee and college sports facilities.  In addition to resources within the Bay Studios block, the College library features an extensive sound archive and over 1,000 music books covering, music theory, music history and production techniques.

Please visit the department’s YouTube channel and social media account to view current student work:



Listen to a track from some of our current students below:

Entry Requirements

Successful interview, plus:

  • an audition
  • 5 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above including English Language or equivalent, or a BTEC First Diploma, or other related level 2 qualification at Merit or higher
  • ability to play an instrument or sing
  • demonstration of an interest in the Performing Arts
  • prepared to work hard if you wish to progress to the next level of Company
  • related work experience or production experience in or out of school.


Course Content

In phases 1 and 2 you will study, rehearse and perform music in a range of styles from pop to jazz. You will also develop your theoretical skills, use computer software to compose and study both music history and the music business. There are extensive opportunities to develop solo and ensemble performance skills as part of the course, including performances on the campus and gigs in the locality. The College has a wide range of dedicated facilities including a 250 seat theatre, 6 ensemble rehearsal rooms, 3 dedicated computer suites and multi-track recording facilities. By the end of phase 3, you will have developed the skills necessary to succeed as a professional in the music industry. Keep up-to-date with all of the latest projects by the music department by visiting their YouTube channel –


How will I be assessed?

Achievement of the qualification with suitable grades will enable progression to Higher Education or to employment/self-employment within the industry. Company 3 and the Level 5 HND in Popular Music provides a natural progression for our students.



Level 3 courses are equivalent to three A Levels and give access to a wide range of Higher Education and career options including:  musician/performer, music producer, DJ, songwriter, music therapist, private music teacher, classroom teacher/lecturer, composer, sound designer, sound technician, special effects technician, artist manager, event manager, marketing manager, lighting engineer, radio producer, theatre manager, stage manager, administrator, promoter, journalist, music business lawyer, instrument builder/repairer/sales, tour manager, community worker, social media marketing etc.



The College Library has an extensive lending and reference book stock, in addition to videos and journals.



If you are aged 16-18 as of 31st August on the year of enrolment – no course fee.  If you are over 19 as of 31st August and enrolling on a full-time programme of study a tuition fee will be applicable in most cases, please contact us for full information. Bursary Funds: There are financial support arrangements for 16-18 year olds and hardship funds available for the over 19s. Please contact our Information Centre for details of costs and concessions on 01305 208808 or email: Rehabilitation of offenders: To help us look after students and assess risks, you will be asked to declare any unspent criminal convictions when you apply to do a course at Weymouth College. We are committed to providing an inclusive learning environment for all. We welcome people with additional learning needs and/or disabilities and those from diverse backgrounds in all minority groups within the community, ensuring students receive fair treatment when studying at Weymouth College. Copies of the College’s Equality and Diversity policies can be found in the Library.

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