• The Level 3 Music Production Diploma is open to those who would like to make electronic music who have both GCSE English and maths at a grade C(4) or above, or a relevant full Level 2 qualification at Merit level or above, with an 100% attendance record in both English and maths.

    If you’re passionate about producing music, or are keen to give it a go, then our Level 3 Music Production Diploma is for you. It’s the equivalent to three A-levels, making it a modern alternative to the traditional sixth form route. Across your two years on the course, you’ll explore music production from a theoretical, practical and historical point of view, and will receive a thorough overview of the way the music industry operates. 

    It’s not necessary for you to have studied music at GCSE level, had formal music lessons before or learned music theory. There are no auditions for this 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 then be listened to, discussed and assessed prior to a decision being made about your acceptance on the course.

    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+.


    • Gain an RSL Extended Level 3 Diploma in Music Production in two years, replacing the traditional sixth form study pathway with 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, Logic, 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, including live sets for DJs and MCs
    • Understand musical styles and influences from the history of contemporary music
    • Learn to compose and arrange music

    Where is it taught?

    Awarded by RSL, this two-year course is fully accredited by Ofqual and the Department of Education, and delivered at HCM Letchworth and Ware in Hertfordshire, and HCM at Milton Keynes College in Buckinghamshire. This course will provide you with everything you need to work towards a career in music: a collaborative atmosphere to help you find your creative voice; an aspirational environment in which to learn about the music industry; and the best professional equipment. We’ll help you make music every day, so you can make music your career.

    What will I learn?

    The structure of this music production course has been informed by the music industry, and you’ll become a proficient DJ and remixer using Logic Pro X and Ableton Live. You’ll also study music theory, and composition – both as a songwriter/producer and for film, TV and advertising – and will learn how to use digital production equipment for live performances. You’ll create music in response to industry-focused briefs and will gain practical experience across a number of electronic music genres, including house, EDM, rap, garage, dubstep, glitch and grime. All your assessments will be based on coursework rather than exams.

    How will I learn?

    You’ll experience the music production industry by being a part of it, with visits to recording studios, sessions with guest musicians and artists, and exploration of music business issues like copyright and recording contracts thanks to our expert teachers. Over your two years with us, you’ll develop a solid understanding of how the music industry works and will graduate as a competent music producer and/or DJ. You’ll also undertake a series of enrichment experiences across your two years of study, including trips to recording studios, tours of the facilities of our instrument manufacturer partners including Marshall, Orange and Yamaha, workshops with groundbreaking musicians and music producers, and Q&A sessions with some of the top names in the music production.

    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?

    At HCM Music College, all our esteemed and experienced specialist music tutors play an active role in today’s music business as DJs, producers, session musicians and signed artists. They’ll offer you a learning journey which is totally unique and will work hard to understand your personal goals and aspirations. They live for music every day and their musical talent and understanding of the music industry will encourage you to be the best music producer you can be.

    What are HCM’s facilities like?

    Whether you study at HCM at Milton Keynes College, Ware or Letchworth, you’ll have access to the very best music production facilities, including performance areas, iMac labs, lecture theatres and professional rehearsal rooms, all filled with high-quality industry-standard equipment. You’ll become competent at producing music in our suites and will have direct access to iMacs, keyboards and interfaces running Logic X and Ableton Pro, as well as instruments, hardware and software from our partner companies such as Marshall, Roland, Orange, Mapex, Shure, Yamaha, Peavey, Line 6, Vox, ProEL, Lewitt, AKG and JBL.

    What can I do after this course?

    When you graduate from the Level 3 Music Production Diploma, you’ll be ready to launch a career in the music industry as a music producer, MC, DJ, rapper, beatboxer, remixer or urban songwriter. If you’d rather continue studying, the course is equivalent to three A-levels in terms of UCAS points, and allows for progression to a music degree at HCM’s London-based partner college, the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (ICMP), or another university. During your time with us, you’ll visit ICMP Music School on numerous occasions, to tour their facilities and experience degree-level musical education first-hand. You’ll also have many opportunities to ask ICMP London staff and students questions about the realities of continuing to study music after you graduate from HCM Music College, and they’ll help you decide whether it’s the correct path for you.

    *Conditions apply.

    If you’re ready to apply for a music production 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.