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Welcome music applicants!

You have made a great decision choosing West Notts!

A quick message from the Head of Department, Kerry Pilcher

FAQs - music courses

The following information will hopefully give you a little bit more of an insight into what it will be like to be a student with us.

  • Where will I study?

    Our music courses are based at the Derby Road campus, Mansfield, in our Create facility. We have a purpose-built theatre, recording studios and performance space. The college operates 13 different bus routes to and from this campus, both in the morning and the evening.

  • What is it like?

    College is an adult, professional environment intended to prepare you to work in your chosen industry. We expect our students to behave in the way that they would in a job with an employer. Attendance and punctuality are very important too.

  • What will I study?

    The courses are a mix of practical sessions and some classroom-based theory. We actively encourage our students to explore the kind of musician and performer they want to be. This means we will encourage you to operate outside of your comfort zone and get you to try different genres and produce your own original work. Music students regularly perform live and we provide as many opportunities as possible for students to perform to members of the public either through the college’s facilities or at external venues. Students can follow either a music technology or music performance route. The higher the level of study programme that you’re on, there will be more theory combined with practical.

  • What about English and maths?

    If you start at college and you haven’t yet achieved your English and maths GCSEs at grade 4 or above, then you will continue to study these for three hours each week per subject. At the end of your first year you will take a re-sit GCSE exam. It is important you attend your English and maths lessons alongside your chosen course.

    Take a look at our fact sheets to find out why English and maths is important within this industry.

    View English and maths fact sheets

  • What will I have to wear?

    Music students can wear whatever they want to come to college in, as long as it’s appropriate and isn’t offensive. We have no dress codes in terms of hair colour, jewellery etc.

  • Will I have to do a work placement?

    At level 2 and 3 you will be expected to complete a work placement. The central work placement team can help find you an opportunity. This is a great way to get your foot in the door and maybe even move into a job.

    All of our students will be able to also get engaged with our learning companies, which provide in-house opportunities to gain real-world experience. Performance students may be asked to play a part in videos for local employers, and music students may be asked to provide music for videos produced as part of our learning company.

  • Applicant activities

    Before you start at West Notts, here are a few activites to get involved in.

    Submit your audition

    Have you had an offer of a place on a music course?

    Have you sent us examples of your work yet? If not, please see below.

    We require you to provide an audition piece of your choice which must be learnt from memory and staged appropriately (minimum 2 minutes). This may include you playing an instrument, singing or you may wish to send us examples of music you have written or mixed and recorded.

    You will need to clearly label your files and should include your full name.

    If your files are too large to send by email, please use a service such as Dropbox, WeTransfer or similar and email us the link.

    Please only send your work to us, if you have an offer of a place.

    Submit your audition

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    Watch - What our students say

    Callan feels lucky to have access to all the state-of-the-art equipment on the music technology course. Here he shows us some of the equipment in the control room.

    View the video on YouTube

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    Watch - What our students say

    Marshall and Marcus have really embraced their music course, discovering plenty of new skills as they work hard on both theory and practical elements of their studies.

    View the video on YouTube

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    Watch - Showreel

    Take a look at what you can expect whilst studying a music course at West Notts.

    View the video on YouTube

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    Watch - funk and soul night

    Take a look at one of the performances by our own music students.

    View the video on YouTube

    Meet the tutors

    Get to know to know a bit more about your tutors before you join us.

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    Find out what some of our past students got upto after leaving West Notts.

    Esme Racey

    Miles Kent

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    Read letters from our current students

    Our students wanted to share their experiences of college with you. We hope their letters help answer some of your questions and put you at ease.

    Read Callan's letter

  • Ask your tutor

    Anything playing on your mind about your college course? Then send your questions to our college tutors using our simple online form.

    Ask a question

Why choose West Notts?

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100% A Level pass rate in 2020.

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One of the top colleges in the UK for student satisfaction.**Learner Exit Survey 2019/20

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An extensive bus service across Mansfield and the surrounding area.

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We have four campuses each boasting a number of state-of-the-art facilities.

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