Certificate III in Music

Course Code: CUA30920


4 terms (1 year)

Fees *

$3630 (Adult Students)

$3090 (High School Students)

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Intake Dates

January, July

QCE points and ATAR equivalents

Receive up to 7 credit points (QCE)

ATAR equivalents vary depending on the institution

*Find out if you’re eligible for subsidy/funding here

I was a Certificate III in Music student at Queensland College of Music specialising in violin. I made lots of great connections with people there and participated in lots of group performance work, which I found extremely fun!

Is this course for me?

The Certificate III in Music is designed for adults and highschoolers who have a passion for music as well as some practical skills as a musician.

Content will cover music business and copyright, as well as music theory, composition and performance.

This course is a recommended starting point for students who strive to study the Certificate IV in Music but don’t currently possess the musical skills.

What will I learn?

In Certificate III in Music you will not only learn how to refine your instrumental techniques, but also learn how to compose music, how copyright works and what different business opportunities there are in the music industry. Additionally, the course provides plenty of performance opportunities for students to showcase their talent in both solo and group form.

Specific course units have been listed below (Table 1).


Structure of the course


The duration of Certificate III in Music is one year (4 terms of 9 weeks).

Adult students will be required to come in for two full days per week. In total, the students should be spending 6 hours on instructions. Extra time will be given to student for private practice, rehearsals and performances per week.

Highschool students will either undertake the qualification at school (9 week school terms), or attend our campus one to two days a week (9 week terms). Additional hours per week will be allocated to private practice, rehearsals, performances and attendance of concerts.

Distant adult and highschool students do not have a set due date for completion of their course, however we recommend these students to set an individual deadline for themselves (~1 year). Our External Representative staff will stay in contact with these students to confirm their progress. *Distant Grade 12 students wanting to use their Certificate IV in Music to add to their QCE points or support their University entry, should be finishing the course before QCAA submissions end in early November.

Highschool Students

QCE points

The qualifications also provide credit points to the Queensland Certificate of Education. Current credit points:

  • Certificate IV in Music – up to 7 credit points

ATAR equivalents

The ATAR equivalent to a Certificate IV will vary depending on the university/institution you want to gain entry into. Please visit the university or institution’s website for more information.

Entry Requirements

Domestic Students
  • Submit documents supporting your skill level and experience in music to the Trainer
  • Participate in an audition process: this process will determine your aural skills, music knowledge and performance techniques
  • For the audition, prepare two contrasting pieces.

Your individual talent in music will be recognised and fostered, and learning goals will be established to enable you to become an integral part of a group performance and the music industry.


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Qualification Units

Code Unit of Competency Title
CUAIND314 Plan a career in the creative arts industry
CUACMP311 Implement copyright arrangements
CUAIND313 Work effectively in the music industry
CUAMLT311 Develop and apply aural perception skills
BSBCRT311 Apply critical thinking skills in a team environment
CUAMCP311 Create simple musical compositions
CUAMPF311 Develop technical skills for musical  performance
CUAMPF412 Develop and apply stagecraft skills
CUAMPF414 Perform music as part of a group
CUAMPF312 Prepare for musical performances
CUAMLT313 Develop musical notation skills


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