Now accepting applications for September 2018


If you really love exploring the creative process of crafting songs and music, then look no further.  The modern songwriter and composer has to have a wide and diverse skillset to thrive in the digital age, and that’s precisely what we’re offering here.  From an in depth understanding of compositional techniques, lyric writing, arranging, recording, sequencing and producing to launching an EP, we will help you develop all of the skills required to be the one-stop song shop that A&R and music commissioners now expect.



A deep understanding of the craft of songwriting is essential to anyone who wants to work in this exciting field.  Having the ability to recognise and utilise different structures, forms, styles, keys and musical devices will allow you to truly harness your compositional potential.  Couple this with a toolbox of lyrical devices and techniques, and you’ll feel comfortable approaching any songwriting challenge.

In addition to these creative skills, you will explore the approach that modern songwriters and composers take to structure and record their work. Utilising modern technology is now the norm, so getting to know your way around a studio is key.  Exploring recording techniques, sequencing software, mixing skills and music production will lead you to a fuller understanding of industry practice, and how your creative output fits into the diverse and rapidly changing media landscape.

You’ll also develop your personal, business and management skills to give you everything you need to make your mark on the music industry. You will look at how the music industry works and how to get employment in it with a focus on how to market and promote yourself in the music industry.


This course is offered on two qualification pathways:

+ 2 Year Extended Diploma

Designed for learners aged 16-18 years, or 19-23 year with no previous level 3 qualifications.

QUALIFICATION: 2 Year Level 3 RSL Extended Diploma

  • Songwriting
  • Composing
  • Lyric Writing
  • Music Theory
  • Studio Recording
  • Music Production
  • Composing for Media
  • Arranging
  • Remixing
  • Events Management

Equivalent to 3 A-Levels and will earn you the UCAS Points needed to go on to University study.

+ 1 Year Subsidiary Diploma

For learners over 19 years.

QUALIFICATION: 1 Year Level 3 RSL Subsidiary Diploma

After completing this one year course you have the option to go onto the Access to HE Course, or onto the 2nd year of the RSL Extended Diploma.

  • Composing Music
  • Music Theory
  • Producing Music
  • Digital recording & production
  • Music Industry & Career Development
  • Music Promotion
  • Live Performance

Find out more about our Access to HE course



Our staff not only teach music, they live and breathe it. We made it our mission to find the best tutors possible, tutors with real music industry experience and knowledge. Tutors that adapt with our courses to make sure they always teach the most relevant hardware, software and production techniques. At dBs Music our teaching team will not only help you with the skills you need to achieve success in your studies, but they’ll help you network, connect and collaborate, preparing you with an insight to how the real world of the music industry works.


We all understand how important it is for students to have access to the very latest hardware and software, so at dBs Music it’s always been our mission to buy the very latest kit and make sure that students can book it alongside their studio time. From Mac labs full of the latest music making software during lesson time to MIDI controllers, DJ booths, studios and rehearsal rooms - we are fully kitted out and ready to go whatever course you choose to study! 




Level 3 Diplomas

Applicants are expected to have a minimum of 4 GCSE’s at 4/C or above and must include either English or maths or an equivalent qualification such as a Level 2.

Formal musical training is not required but we would like applicants to display a standard of grade 4 and above for entry within their chosen discipline. You will be expected to attend an interview where you are recommended to perform or provided a portfolio of music examples so we can assess your suitability for the course. Finally, you should be able to display passion and enthusiasm for the subject.

Didn't get the grades?

We also deliver English & Maths GCSE retakes which you can take alongside your course.


All full-time courses are FREE to EU residents who are under 19 years old on the 31st August prior to your course starting in September.

19-23 yrs old funding

If it is your 1st Level 3 qualification then the course will be free.

If you already have a Level 3 qualification you will need to apply for an Advanced Learning Loan or pay the course fees.

24+ students

Will need to apply for an Advanced Learning Loan or pay the course fees.

We understand figuring out course fees can be a daunting prospect but we are here to help. If you get stuck or just want some friendly advice, give us a call. Alternatively you can find out more information on what fee remission you may be entitled to here.


Our level 3 diplomas are Post-16 vocational qualifications, awarded by RSL Awards.

Upon completion you will have achieved either:

RSL Extended Diploma Level 3 (Music Practitioners)


RSL Subsidiary Diploma Level 3 (Music Practitioners)


To start your application hit the button below, fill in your details and a member of our admissions team will be in touch.


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