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 available in 2 qualification pathways, depending on your age. Please select your age range you will be on the 31st August prior to the course starting in September:

16-17 Yrs

QUALIFICATION: 2 Year Level 3 Extended Diploma

This qualification is only available in Bristol

  • 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.

UCAS Points needed to go on to University study.*

Students aged 16-17 years old will be fully funded for the duration of the course.

Please note. Course units may be subject to change

18 Yrs

Qualification: 1 Year Level 3 90-Credit Diploma

Areas you will explore include:

  • Songwriting
  • Composing
  • Music theory
  • Music production techniques
  • Studio recording
  • The sound and music industry

This qualification is equivalent to 1.5 A-Levels

Students aged 18 years old will be fully funded for the duration of the course. Upon completion you can progress on to our Access to Higher Education for your 2nd year - check out the 19 years and over dropdown for more information.

Please note. Course units may be subject to change

19 Yrs and over

Qualification: 1 Year Access to HE Diploma

This pathway is available in Bristol & Plymouth

This intensive 1 year course equips you with all the skills you'll need to take your songwriting and compositional skills to the next level, as well as the UCAS Points needed to go on to University study.

  • Songwriting
  • Composing to a brief
  • Composition & Theory
  • MIDI & Audio Sequencing
  • Studio Production
  • Music Technology
  • Researching & understanding opportunities in Higher Education
  • HE Study Skills
  • Creative Presentation
  • Final Project
Please note. Course units may be subject to change


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! 




Pre-Degree 16-18 yrs Diplomas

A minimum of 4 GCSE’s at grade 4/C or above and must include either English or Maths.

Pre-Degree 19 yrs + Access to HE Diploma

There are no formal entry requirements for the Access to HE Diploma, however; as it is a fast-track to Higher Education option, we do require that you have some experience in music, either as a musician, a producer, a DJ, etc.

If you are unsure if you have the right experience, simply get in touch and we can help guide you.

We also offer introductory short courses aimed at providing you with a foundation in music production, which could provide you with the right level of experience to be accepted.


16-18 Yrs

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

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 Yrs +

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 a Music Production RSL Extended Diploma Level 3 (Music Practitioners), this qualifications is equivalent to 3 A-Levels.

The Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma is a full Level 3 qualification, and awarded by CAVA (Cambridge Access Validating Agency), licensed by the QAA and accepted by Higher Education Institutions for Univeristy entry.

Our Pre-Degree Diploma courses are run in partnership with Cornwall College.


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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