Now accepting applications for September 2018


Whether you have ambitions to be a recording artist, sound engineer or work with sound in films and media this course will appeal to you. It doesn't matter where your current musical interests lie, for instance you could be interested in live bands and theatre, or maybe you are just interested in a wide range of music sources and are intrigued by this exciting industry. Our music production course is suitable for musicians and non-musicians alike who wish to be involved in the technology of music.



Studio Production skills are essential for anyone wanting to record artists in the professional music industry. This course will give you an extensive overview of the recording process, providing you with skills to work effectively in a studio recording environment. You will learn how to use state-of-the-art equipment that can be found in today’s audio industries, from microphones and mixing desks through to samplers and leading software packages including Logic Pro, Ableton Live, Pro Tools and Native Instruments Komplete.

In addition to recording, you will explore synthesis and sampling techniques, creating a portfolio of synthesiser and sample ‘patches’ and compositions. You will also be knowledgeable in hardware and software synthesis and sampling systems, with the ability to craft specific sounds to order. Another exciting area this course provides is using the skills you will have developed in music production, composition and sound creation and applying them to projects relating to the moving image, such as creating soundtracks, sound effects and atmospheres.

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 also available at level 2.


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

  • Sound Reinforcement
  • Planning for a career in music
  • Studio Sound Recording
  • Radio Podcast Production
  • Analogue Synthesis
  • Using Equalisation & Filters
  • Composing Styles & Music Sequencing

Year 2

  • Live Sound Engineering
  • Music Sequencing & Production for Media
  • Studio Sound Mixing
  • Studio Audio Mastering
  • Using Dynamic Processors
  • Composing, Remixing & Production

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

+ Over 19 Years

Option 1: 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 to HE Course, or onto the 2nd Year of 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

Option 2: 1 Year Access to HE Diploma

Planning to go on to study for a degree? This intensive 1 year course 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

You can find our more about our Access to HE Diploma HERE



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

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.

Access to HE Diploma

There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however; as the course is designed as a fast-track to Higher Education, 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

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 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.


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