Course information

Study type Study Tier Start Date Duration Course Contact

Full Time

  • Advanced
31 August 2020TBCDave Pontin

Entry Requirements

The Isle of Wight College has standard entry requirements for full-time college courses, depending on the level of the course to be studied.

There may be additional entry requirements for a small number of specialist courses. If this course is one of these specialist courses, additional entry requirements will be stated below.


If you know you want a career in the music industry then Platform One College of Music is the ideal place to study.

Platform One is an independent organisation that works in partnership with the Isle of Wight College and the University of Chichester in order to provide high quality music and music technology provision at all levels. All music courses are based in Platform One’s own dedicated premises which is a 5 minute walk from the Isle of Wight College. Platform One facilities include two professional recording studios, specialist music technology facilities, fully equipped rehearsal rooms, lecture rooms, and specialist instrumental rooms.

Endorsement deals with Blackstar, Marshall Amplification, Ashdown Engineering, Pearl Drums, Peavey International, Audient and Zildjian ensure that industry standard, quality equipment is available to all students studying with Platform One.

Students studying at Platform One have all of the benefits of accessing the facilities offered by the Isle of Wight College. This includes student services, student welfare, careers advice, Learning Resource Centre, IT facilities and additional courses, where appropriate.

The Level 3 Programme of Study includes a BTEC Extended Diploma in Music, Grade 8 Instrumental studies and additional qualifications to enhance studies.  This is a brand new qualification, which is equivalent to studying three full A Levels.  Grade 8 is also equivalent to a full A Level – you can leave Platform One with four full A Levels !

The course is designed as a two year full time music course for students wishing to progress into employment or university. Late year 95% of students went to their first choice university.  It is essential that applicants already play a musical instrument or sing to a basic level.

Students study a diverse range of skills:

  • Live Music Workshop
  • Music Performance Skills
  • Pop Music in Practice
  • Sound & Music Industry
  • Improvising Music
  • Music Project
  • Major Project
  • Music Technology
  • Composing for Moving Image
  • Music Composition
  • Music Theory and Harmony
  • Songwriting Techniques
  • Arranging
  • Performance
  • Aural Perception Skills


A really inspiring and happy place to study. Whilst the facilities are incredible, it’s the staff and students that make Platform One what it is. I’m sad to be moving on.
Rhian Teasdale 2012

For Further information with regards the course contact Platform One on 01983 537550.

We are taking applications now – apply early !!

Study Programmes

All Study Programmes for 16-19 year olds at The Isle of Wight College are designed to include:

  • Work experience which is effective, relevant, and includes careers fairs, site visits, guest speakers and introduces you to the expectations of the real demands of work
  • Extended work experience/industry placement for Level 3 learners Over the course of your Level 3 study programme you may be expected to do between 36 – 415 hours of industry placement depending on the course you have chosen. All learners are expected, and encouraged, to do their best to find their own relevant, purposeful work experience which supports their career progression.
  • English and maths, where students have not yet achieved a GCSE grade A* - C (9 - 4 using the new grades) in these subjects by age 16
  • Non-qualification activity, such as tutorials and work-related learning, to help further develop the personal skills relevant to your progression goals
  • A vocational experience which will form the substantial part of the programme

These four elements of the programme should combine to provide stretch and challenge for you helping to prepare you for progression to employment or further study.

Please refer to the 16 to 19 study programme document to learn more.

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