Diploma in Music Business (Record Label) at QCF level 3

Diploma in Music Business (Record Label) at QCF level 3

The Diploma in Music Business (Record Label) at QCF level 3 will develop knowledge and skills in areas such as marketing, publishing and contracting in the music industry.

This qualification covers understanding the production of promotional material for the music industry; identifying new opportunities and revenue streams for the music industry; understanding how artist agreements and contracts work; identifying and recommending music with commercial potential; understanding record label identity and branding; monitoring music press coverage; and understanding the impact of emerging technology on the music industry.

This qualification is available through approved centres.

Why deliver this qualification

This qualification offers centres flexibility and choice because of the comprehensive range of optional Units.

Learners can progress to a range of courses at a higher level including Diploma in Live Events and Promotions at QCF level 3, allowing centres to retain or build student numbers.

This Diploma in Music Business (Record Label) at QCF level 3 can be offered in any of the following modes:

  • full-time
  • part-time (eg day-release)
  • open and distance learning
  • infill into existing classes
  • evening provision

Who does this qualification suit

This qualification is suitable for a wide range of learners, aged over 16 and with an interest in the music industry, including:

  • school leavers
  • adult returners to education
  • people in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects
  • individuals who wish to start their own business


This Diploma in Music Business (Record Label) at QCF level 3 is included as a component in the Level 3 Music Business Apprenticeship framework.

Learners may wish to do these qualifications as part of the Apprenticeship, or on their own.   If learners complete the qualifications as part of the Apprenticeship they will be required to undergo additional training, over and above the core qualification, in areas including employment rights and responsibility and/or English and maths.

They may wish to consider taking qualifications outside of the Apprenticeship framework:

  • to maximise their employment opportunities within this sector, as not all employers offer Apprenticeship places for this particular job role
  • the full Apprenticeship may not be relevant to those who are already in employment but wish to gain recognition and/or certification of their skills
  • if they meet the entry requirements to take the qualification but not those required for the apprenticeship route


As with all SQA qualifications, entry is at the discretion of the centre.


Learners who have achieved the Diploma can progress to job roles relating to their chosen pathways, such as.

  • Artists & Repertoire: with responsibilities such as identifying and recommending music with commercial potential; identifying development and repertoire opportunities for artists; and planning budgets for the artists.
  • Music Publishing Assistant: with responsibilities such as registering musical works for publishing and copyright compliance; and contributing to the preparation and management of artist agreements and contracts.
  • Radio Plugger: with responsibilities such as undertaking the plugging of music, delivering presentations on the value of their product; and organising promotional events for the music industry.
  • Marketing/Promotions Assistant or Assistant Publicist: with responsibilities such as monitoring music press coverage; marketing and selling new and back catalogue music releases; marketing and selling music releases; supporting the identity, brand and characteristics of record labels and their artists; and negotiating with music outlets.

For those who wish to continue learning beyond level 3 this qualification can provide progression to further study e.g.:

  • Music Performance and Music Production Foundation Degrees
  • Level 4 or 5 qualifications in Business and Management


Centres will have to come forward for approval and should contact SQA’s Business Development Team for guidance.

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA’s general requirements for technical/occupational competence as outlined in the Guide to Approval.

How to assess

Ongoing course assessment will apply. Each Unit specification gives information on the Evidence Requirements and approaches to assessment for the Unit.

Qualification content and delivery tools

Qualification Structure

The Diploma in Music Business (Record Label) at QCF level 3 requires the learner to achieve a minimum total of 42 credits: 24 credits from the seven Mandatory Units in Group A plus a minimum of 12 credits from the Optional Units in Group B. The remaining 6 credits may be achieved from either Group B or Group C. A maximum of 6 credits may be achieved from Group C with only one Unit coming from Group C1 and one Unit from Group C2.

Group Award code: GK37 57 (24 QCF credit points)
Ofqual Qualification Code: 601/5045/2

For information on the structure of this qualification, please refer to the Qualification Structure.

Unit Specifications and Assessment Guidance

Unit specifications and Assessment Guidance for these qualifications are available on SQA's Secure website. These are available from your centre’s SQA Co-ordinator. For further information, please contact mycentre@sqa.org.uk

Assessment Strategy