Teaching the RSL Level 2 Certificate Music Practitioners Course, Leeds

Learn how to effectively deliver this KS4 course which is perfect for students who enjoy practical music making using Musical Futures

Tue 3rd Jul 2018, 9.30am - 4.00pm
Leeds College of Music, 3 Quarry Hill, Leeds LS2 7PD
Book Your Place FREE for Leeds teachers, others from £125


The RSL Level 2 Certificates in performance, technology and composition provide an ideal programme of study for students at key stage four who have thrived through the Musical Futures practical approaches to learning at key stage three. Now approved by the DfE for inclusion in 2019 league tables, this course will ensure that delegates understand the specification, assessment criteria and opportunities for practical, real-world student focused learning offered by the qualification.  We will also look at how Musical Futures resources can be used to enhance learning and make the course accessible for all students.

Examples of best practice will be shared including sample student work (video recordings & written activities that have been successfully moderated) along with model assignment briefs and assessment/verification protocols.

Musical Futures is working in partnership with:

Leeds Music Education Music Partnership is supporting this event by providing funding for teachers and trainee teachers from academies and maintained schools within Leeds to attend at no charge (see below booking section below)

Teachers in non-Leeds schools or independent schools are welcome to attend – usual ticket prices will apply.

Aims of the course

  • Understand the requirements of the RSL Music Practitioners specification
  • Develop your understanding of the grading criteria and apply it to student work in order to assess effectively
  • Develop your confidence in creating effective assignment briefs
  • Explore opportunities for developing vocational links to enhance learning
  • Develop your knowledge of how Musical Futures resources can provide accessible approaches to teaching to engage all students
  • Understand the systems and processes needed to deliver RSL courses effectively

Please note: this course is designed for those who are interested in seeing how a practical approach like Musical Futures can be used to deliver this kind of qualification and are seeking ideas and practical advice on how a successful centre for the RSL qualification approaches the specification and assessment criteria.  The course is delivered by an experienced RSL teacher but RSL staff are not present on the day.


1: Qualification Overview – Develop your understanding of the course and the specification

2: Writing Assignment Briefs – Learn how to write assignment briefs that engage learners in practical, real-world learning activities and make the most of the Musical Futures informal learning and classroom workshopping pedagogies

3: Grading Criteria & Assessment – Understand how to unpick the assessment criteria in order to assess accurately

4: Centre systems – Learn about the policies, systems and internal verification procedures required to run the programme successfully

5: Resources – Explore how Musical Futures resources can be used to engage all students in practical music making throughout the course


Who is it for?

This course is particularly suited to:

  • Heads of Department
  • Classroom teachers in Secondary/FE
  • Instrumental teachers/freelance staff involved in RSL delivery

Teaching the RSL Level 2 Certificate Music Practitioners Course Outline

What's included?

  • Sessions led by an experienced teacher
  • Example assignment briefs
  • Sample student work to review/use as exemplar material
  • Assessment activities to develop confidence
  • Sample internal verification logs
  • Examplar centre systems and protocols

Benefits of Musical Futures training

  • Based in a school setting
  • Increase student participation in creative subjects
  • Led by a practising teacher who understands the realities of classroom teaching and delivering the RSL course with students

Book Your Place

Professional development is offered at at £125 (Early Bird)/£145 Standard per person, and includes:

  • All related resources
  • Lunch and refreshments

Cancellation policy: read our terms and conditions HERE


Secure your place by booking online using the form below. All courses are payable via credit/debit card, PayPal or invoice. For more information contact info@musicalfutures.org or call 020 7250 8323


Martin Ainscough

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Yesterday's course with Martin was absolutely outstanding. I now have a strong understanding on how to run it and know how my assignment briefs should look etc. Top marks to Martin and Fred Longworth!
Jack Cotton - Music Teacher, Broadgreen International School, Liverpool

Terms & Conditions

For information about our cancellation policy and other conditions of booking please read our full Terms & Conditions