If you’re passionate about music, and would like a career in the music sector, then our courses could be your first step to realising your dream.

Our courses cover key areas such as performing and composing; listening and analysing, and the history of music. We also offer courses on digital sound and music technology, which cover such areas as sound design, sound production and sound recording.

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Top career opportunities

Education Advisers and School Inspectors

Average salary: £43,888
Experienced salary: £71,707

Musicians

Average salary: £43,674
Experienced salary: £70,176

Other Skilled Trades

Average salary: £21,329
Experienced salary: £44,897

Top jobs in sector

  • Therapy Professionals
    What does this career do?

    Job holders in this unit group plan and apply physical and therapeutic treatments and activities to assist recovery from physical and mental illness and to minimise the effects of disabilities not elsewhere classified in MINOR GROUP 222: Therapy professionals.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Honours, Bachelor's degree

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £35,792 per year. That is about £2,982 per month, or £17 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £26,133 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £77,405 per year.

  • Further Education Teaching Professionals
    What does this career do?

    Further education teaching professionals supervise and teach trade, technical, commercial, adult education, secondary and post-secondary courses to students beyond minimum school leaving age.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 5 NVQ; Masters

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £44,006 per year. That is about £3,667 per month, or £21 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £24,842 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £55,952 per year.

  • Secondary Education Teaching Professionals
    What does this career do?

    Secondary (and middle school deemed secondary) education teaching professionals plan, organise and provide instruction in one or more subjects, including physical education and diversionary activities, within a prescribed curriculum in a secondary or secondary/ middle school.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 5 NVQ; Masters

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £51,563 per year. That is about £4,296 per month, or £25 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £31,448 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £68,164 per year.

  • Primary and Nursery Education Teaching Professionals
    What does this career do?

    Primary (and middle school deemed primary) and nursery education teaching professionals plan, organise and provide instruction to children at all levels up to the age of entry into secondary education.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Honours, Bachelor's degree

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £49,691 per year. That is about £4,140 per month, or £24 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £30,476 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £63,792 per year.

  • Special Needs Education Teaching Professionals
    What does this career do?

    Special needs education teaching professionals organise and provide instruction at a variety of different levels to children who have emotional, behavioural or learning difficulties or physical disabilities. These professionals may also work with exceptionally gifted pupils.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Honours, Bachelor's degree

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £48,012 per year. That is about £4,001 per month, or £23 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £20,047 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £69,061 per year.

  • Education Advisers and School Inspectors
    What does this career do?

    Education advisers and school inspectors plan, organise and direct the educational activities and resources in a local authority education area, and undertake inspections of schools and other training establishments excluding universities.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Honours, Bachelor's degree

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £43,888 per year. That is about £3,657 per month, or £21 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £23,351 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £71,707 per year.

  • Teaching and Other Educational Professionals
    What does this career do?

    Job holders in this unit group perform a variety of other education and teaching occupations not elsewhere classified in MINOR GROUP 231: Teaching and Educational Professionals.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Honours, Bachelor's degree

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £34,975 per year. That is about £2,914 per month, or £17 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £17,332 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £55,533 per year.

  • Musicians
    What does this career do?

    Musicians write, arrange, orchestrate, conduct and perform musical compositions.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 3 NVQ; A Levels

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £43,674 per year. That is about £3,639 per month, or £21 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £19,267 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £70,176 per year.

  • Arts Officers, Producers and Directors
    What does this career do?

    Arts officers, producers and directors assume creative, financial and organisational responsibilities in the production and direction of television and radio programmes, films, stage presentations, content for other media, and the promotion and exhibition of other creative activities.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Honours, Bachelor's degree

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £43,887 per year. That is about £3,657 per month, or £21 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £25,411 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £66,386 per year.

  • Photographers, Audio-visual and Broadcasting Equipment Operators
    What does this career do?

    Workers in this unit group operate and assist with still, cine and television cameras and operate other equipment to record, manipulate and project sound and vision for entertainment, cultural, commercial and industrial purposes.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 3 NVQ; A Levels

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £32,307 per year. That is about £2,692 per month, or £16 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £19,563 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £42,160 per year.

  • Sales Accounts and Business Development Managers
    What does this career do?

    Sales accounts and business development managers plan, organise and undertake market research to meet the requirements of an organisation’s marketing and sales policies.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Honours, Bachelor's degree

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £41,267 per year. That is about £3,438 per month, or £20 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £25,694 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £73,954 per year.

  • Pre-press Technicians
    What does this career do?

    Pre-press technicians prepare, format and compose text and graphics in a form suitable for use in a variety of print processes.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 3 NVQ; A Levels

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £28,902 per year. That is about £2,408 per month, or £14 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £16,755 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £51,006 per year.

  • Furniture Makers and Other Craft Woodworkers
    What does this career do?

    Furniture makers and other craft woodworkers make, repair and restore wooden furniture, decorative objects and other crafted pieces of woodwork.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 3 NVQ; A Levels

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £22,135 per year. That is about £1,844 per month, or £11 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £14,786 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £28,194 per year.

  • Other Skilled Trades
    What does this career do?

    Workers in this unit group engrave jewellery and stoneware, make artificial hairpieces, charge fireworks and munitions with explosive material, make lampshades, wickerwork, toys, dolls, models, candles, artificial flowers, other fancy goods, make patterns for moulds for metal castings, make and tune musical instruments, craft precious metals and stones, and perform other hand craft occupations not elsewhere classified in MINOR GROUP 544: Other Skilled Trades.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 2 NVQ; GCSE at grades A*-C

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £21,329 per year. That is about £1,777 per month, or £10 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £17,017 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £44,897 per year.

  • Metal Working Machine Operatives
    What does this career do?

    Metal working machine operatives operate machines to cut, shape, abrade and otherwise machine metal, use hand and power tools to remove surplus metal and rough surfaces from castings, forgings or other metal parts, and clean, smooth and polish metal workpieces.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 2 NVQ; GCSE at grades A*-C

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £22,069 per year. That is about £1,839 per month, or £11 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £15,998 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £34,190 per year.

  • Routine Inspectors and Testers
    What does this career do?

    Jobholders in this unit group inspect and/or test metal stock, parts and products, electrical plant, machinery and electronic components, systems and sub-assemblies, textiles, wood, paper, food, plastics and rubber goods, parts and materials to detect processing, manufacturing and other defects.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 3 NVQ; A Levels

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £24,965 per year. That is about £2,080 per month, or £12 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £15,669 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £50,153 per year.

  • Industrial Cleaning Process Occupations
    What does this career do?

    Job holders in this unit group clean manufactured goods, plant and machinery, and industrial, commercial and other premises.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 1 NVQ; GCSE at grades D-G

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £18,684 per year. That is about £1,557 per month, or £9 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £14,641 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £26,761 per year.

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