• The Level 2 Music Production Diploma is open to anyone who would like to make electronic music. It’s not necessary for you to have studied music at GCSE level, learned music theory or had formal music lessons before.

    The Level 2 Music Performance Diploma is open to anyone with a love of music and a reasonable level of technical ability on your instrument. You don’t need to have studied music at GCSE level or have undertaken music theory, and you’re not required to have achieved a certain examination grade on your instrument or have had formal music lessons before. Entry for this course is not by audition, but you’ll be required to attend an initial interview before you enrol where you’ll be assessed on your chosen instrument.

    If you’re 16 to 19, have a passion for making music, or would like to try it for the first time, then our Level 2 Music Production Diploma is for you. You don’t need any formal musical training or to be studying GCSE music to take part – just a desire to make electronic music. If you didn’t perform as well in your GCSEs as you’d hoped, this course allows you to retake your English and/or maths GCSEs or Functional Skills at the same time as studying music. Music diploma courses are free for UK and EU students aged 18 or under* and there are also funding options available for those aged 19+.

    There’s no audition for entry onto the course, but before you enrol you’ll need to attend an interview where you’ll be asked to bring along a piece of music you’ve produced or had creative input on. This will be listened to, discussed and assessed prior to a decision being made regarding your acceptance on the course.

    Please note: if your GCSE grades in English and/or maths are a grade D(3) or below, you’ll be required to retake GCSE or Functional Skills English and/or maths at the same time as you study your Level 2 music qualification.



    • Gain a professionally recognised music production qualification in one year
    • Retake your English and/or maths GCSEs or Functional Skills while also studying music
    • Set yourself up for a career as a music producer, DJ, MC remixer, rapper, beatboxer or urban songwriter
    • Learn to digitally record, produce, remix and DJ using Ableton Pro and Logic Pro X
    • Be taught by fully qualified professional musicians and producers, many of whom are signed artists and DJs
    • Study in professional facilities with equipment by Apple, Marshall, Yamaha, Shure, Roland, Orange, Mapex, and more
    • Experience the music industry first-hand, with enrichment tours and guest speakers
    • Free for UK and EU students aged 18 and under*

    Music Skills you’ll develop

    • Gain an overview of where music production sits in the global modern music industry
    • Become proficient in digital music production platforms, including Logic Pro X and Ableton Pro
    • Access music production suites with iMacs, keyboards and industry-standard interfaces
    • Develop recording skills
    • Gain experience rehearsing and performing live
    • Understand musical styles and influences from the history of contemporary music
    • Learn to compose and arrange music

    Where is it taught?

    This one-year course is awarded by RSL and delivered at each of our HCM sites across Hertfordshire – Letchworth and Ware – and in Buckinghamshire at Milton Keynes College. The course is fully accredited by the Department of Education and Ofqual, and is your opportunity to make music every day, so you can ultimately make music your career. It’s also a great opportunity to retake your GCSEs in maths and/or English or Functional Skills while studying music at the same time.

    What will I learn?

    The course structure has been created with the realities of the contemporary music industry in mind, and you’ll study units including Music Technology in Performance, Sound Creation and Manipulation, Music Production Techniques, Sequencing Systems and Techniques Listening Skills, Music and Sound for Moving Picture, Music Theory and Harmony, and more. You’ll explore a range of electronic genres, including EDM, dubstep, house, grime, glitch, garage and rap, and will start to create music in response to industry briefs. Using Ableton Live and Logic Pro X, you’ll learn how to digitally record, produce, remix and DJ, as well as how to write lyrics and compose music. All your assessments will be based on coursework rather than exams.

    How will I learn?

    The course has been designed to provide you with a broad introduction to the international modern music industry, specifically via a practical approach. Your experience of the music industry will be first-hand, thanks to trips to professional studios and recording suites, visits by some of the most experienced names in the music business, and workshops with groundbreaking musicians, music producers, teachers and musical directors. At the start of your studies, you’ll be asked for a small ‘enrichment fee’ contribution which helps to make the programme of subsidised music industry trips, activities and events we have planned for you possible. All our courses are ‘paper free’, giving you 24/7 online access to course content via the ‘cloud’.

    Who will teach me?

    Our talented and experienced tutors all play an active role in today’s music business as professional producers, DJs, signed artists and musicians, and they make it their job to guide you towards a music career. They’ll make sure they understand your personal goals and aspirations, offering you a totally unique learning journey. They’re driven by a love of music above everything else and their enviable knowledge of the creative arts and endless energy will excite and inspire you.

    What are HCM’s facilities like?

    Each of HCM’s three campuses is set up to help you learn at your best. They feature professional lecture theatres, rehearsal rooms, iMac labs and performance areas, all set-up with the best industry-standard equipment around. You’ll learn to produce music first-hand while interacting with our fully kitted out suites with iMacs, keyboards and interfaces running Logic X and Ableton Pro, as well as instruments, hardware and software from some of the world’s top music brands, including Roland, Orange, Shure, Marshall, Mapex, Yamaha, Line 6, Peavey, Vox, AKG, JBL, ProEL, Lewitt, Ableton, Logic and Apple.

    What can I do after this course?

    This course is a stepping stone to our Level 3 Music Production Diploma, which is the equivalent of three A-levels. If you’re keen to study a music production degree, successful completion of the Level 3 course offers routes into higher education with our London-based partner – the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (ICMP London).

    *Conditions apply.

    If you’re ready to apply for a music diploma course at HCM Music College then you can complete our online diploma application form by clicking the button below.  If you still have questions, no problem, you can either complete our enquiry form and we’ll get back to you within 24 hours or alternatively you can get in touch with the team directly on 01920 460646 or by email: learn@h-c-m.co.uk – we’re here to answer all of your questions.