level 3 subsidiary diploma MUSIC PRODUCTION & business (FULL-TIME)

In partnership with Kensington & Chelsea College, The Rhythm Studio is offering a Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Music Technology & Business starting in September 2017. The primary focus of the course is to equip students with practical skills for a career in the music industry. Units include Setting Up A Music Business, Creating A Sample Library and Studio Sound Recording, Mixing & Mastering. Students will acquire valuable skills that will help them develop as music industry professionals of the future. The course is designed specifically for 16-19 year olds with previous experience in music production at Level 2 or above.


If you are 16–18 on year of entry: English and Maths at Grade C or above is preferred but if you do not have these you will be studying them alongside your course. If you are age 19 and above, you will need to bring examples of previous work you have produced on previous courses or independently. If you are age 19 and above and are unable to bring a comprehensive portfolio of work that meets the standard we require, you may still enquire about the course and you will be given a project that will enable us to place you on a course that is suitable for your ability. You must also complete a personal statement to support your reasons for applying.


You should be competent with one of the popular music sequencing packages – Ableton Live, Logic, FL Studio or Cubase – and have Maths GCSE at grade C. Playing an instrument or having a music qualification, such as GCSE music, is not essential but would be advantageous as you will be studying some music theory and practice. When reviewing the qualifications and experience held by applicants applying for a Level 2 course, the following will be taken into account: related Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 qualifications, related musical experience and portfolio of music making activity


All assessment is conducted internally by The Rhythm Studio staff. You will be assessed through a combination of practical work, written assignments and group projects. There are three bands of assessment – pass, merit and distinction – as well as an unclassified band for each unit. External RSL moderation of internally assessed units ensure that all assessment is carried out to the same standard.


A nationally recognised RSL Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma for Music Practitioners, which is the equivalent of an A-Level, NVQ3 or GNVQ Advance.


In addition to the course units that make up your main qualification, students get assistance with Maths and English, alongside tutorials, opportunities for work experience and career advice.


The course is full time and will involve classes on 4 days per week over the course of three terms. Students will attend guest lectures that take place throughout the year. 


If you are aged 16-18 years on 1st September of the academic year, and you have been resident in the UK / EU for the previous 3 years you will be entitled to free tuition. Adults aged 19+ enrolment is based on payment of fees, however you may be entitled to a concessionary fee. 

You can view full details of fees and concessions on the Kensington & Chelsea College website.