Explore the art of music performance, composition, using music technology in performance and fundamental studio recording techniques.



This course covers all that the modern day performer needs to know to enhance their playing, production, promotion and professional skills. We’ll give you the tools to develop as a performer and to truly understand the mechanics of the music industry.

You will explore, experiment and integrate a range of skills utilised as professional performers, focusing on music performance techniques, composition, using music technology in performance and build a foundation in fundamental studio recording techniques. You will practise the skills required for effective songwriting, combining lyrics and music effectively in a range of contexts, culminating in a portfolio of your own songs. In addition, you’ll explore skills in marketing and event management, and learn to apply them to become a success in the modern day music industry.

During your time studying at dBs Music you will also have the opportunity to work as a session musician, working collaboratively alongside our music technology students with a ton of opportunities to perform and record.


This course is offered on two qualification pathways depending on your age:

Select your age range

+ 16-18 Years

Qualification: 2 Year Level 3 RSL Extended Diploma

Year 1

  • Composing Music
  • Planning for a career in music
  • Lyrics & Songwriting
  • Understanding & Using Harmony
  • Getting the most out of rehearsals
  • Live Performance Skills

Year 2

  • Music Arrangment
  • Collaborative Composition
  • Studio Recording
  • Music improvisation
  • Preparing for auditions

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

+ 19+ Yrs

Option 1: 1 Year Access to HE Diploma

Planning to go on to study for a degree? This intensive 1 year course that equips you with all the skills you'll need to take your learning to the next level, as well as the UCAS Points needed to go on to University study.

  • MIDI and Audio Sequencing
  • Technology in performance and DJing techniques
  • Studio Production
  • Audio/Visual Project
  • Acoustics
  • Composition and Music Theory
  • Final Major Project
  • Applying to UCAS

Option 2: 1 Year Level 3 RSL Subsidiary Diploma

Do you have a passion for the subject but are not yet sure you are ready to think about studying for a degree? After completing this one year course you have the option to go onto the Access Course, or onto the RSL Extended Diploma.

  • Sound reinforcement
  • Planning for a career in music
  • Music rehearsal skills
  • Digital recording & production
  • Analogue synthesis
  • Composing styles
  • Music sequencing
  • Using EQs & filters


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! 




To join the Level 3 diploma you will need 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 Diploma.

You may be required to attend an audition too.

There are no formal entry requirements for the Access to HE Diploma.

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 and fully funded.

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 a Music Production RSL Extended Diploma Level 3 (Music Practitioners).

The Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma is a full Level 3 qualification, and awarded by Ascentis, licensed by the QAA and accepted by Higher Education Institutions.


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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