RSL Level 3 Diploma Creative Industries

Level 3 Diploma in Songwriting

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A 1-year full-time diploma available at:

This vocational diploma pathway is a one-year course Level 3 course.

The course is designed to develop aspiring songwriters by engaging you in the holistic process of songwriting. This includes songwriting techniques, music production, improving performance skills, understanding musical styles and arrangements, ear training, music business and getting yourself noticed by connecting with the music industry and ultimately building your confidence towards that of a professional creative in the music industry.

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You will have the opportunity to learn in a creative and innovative environment where you will develop strong connections with other songwriters, aspiring musicians and entrepreneurs. You will be guided by industry professionals that teach to the highest standards and a guest programme of prominent music industry professionals to help steer you towards a life in music.

Successful completion of the course will gain you a nationally recognised RSL Level 3 qualification, providing you with a firm stepping stone into Higher Education and the Music Industry. The course is designed to develop both the academic and creative qualities found in all music professionals, exposing you to many opportunities to build upon your existing knowledge and skill and shaping you into a high-level performer that controls their own career path.

This course is a unique bespoke opportunity to fine-tune or kick-start your career to make your way as a live music professional – connect with us, and we’ll connect you to a life in music as a songwriter.

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Course specification

Mode of attendance: Full-time

Length of course: 1 year

Awarding institution: RSL

Campus delivery: London

Language of study: English

Final award and exit awards: RSL Level 3 Diploma Creative Industries (Songwriting Pathway)

Admissions Criteria: Five GCSE qualifications with a minimum grade of C/4, including English Language and Maths.

Minimum requirements

Five GCSE qualifications with a minimum grade of C/4, including English Language and Maths.

Overseas students where English is not their native language must meet a minimum English Language requirement of IELTS 5.5, with no lower than 5.5 to have been achieved in each band.


Graduates can progress directly to employment in the music industry in roles such as a songwriter, singer-songwriter, solo performer and band member.

Alternatively, they can continue their studies with BMus (Hons) Songwriting at BIMM Institute London.

Course fees

Because we’re Europe’s largest and most prestigious music institute, we’re uniquely positioned to offer outstanding value and quality to all our students.

We’re dedicated to giving our students the best music education possible – which means accessing our expert lecturers in industry-leading facilities at the heart of the UK’s music scene.

We make sure all BIMM Institute courses are great value for money – representing a practical and affordable investment for your future career in the music industry.

Class names and structure may be subject to change.

In Music Rehearsal Workshop you’ll explore and engage with the preparations required towards a great performance. This class takes a detailed look at the factors that make up successful performances, such as band forming, rehearsal techniques, communication, building repertoire, creating a live set, promotion, marketing, tour management, stage management, budgeting and more

In this lesson you’ll learn about the compositional and contextual elements of wide range of different musical styles. You will explore and critically analyse these ideas incorporating them into your own song writing practice.

This is where you get to put your hard work in Pre-Production to the test. You’ll perform, review and refine your performances along the way. Doing this on a regular basis will help you become a confident, well prepared, professional performer and songwriter.

This unit aims to introduce learners to the conventions and history of various genres of contemporary and popular song through which they can present a portfolio of their own song ideas in order to explore how to develop their own composition abilities. Learners are expected to compose and create an original song that has a set popular song structure.

Extended Studies is a dynamic and conversational space for general course management and personal development. In this session you will discuss a range of topics including (but not limited to) up and coming performances, recording sessions, assessment, masterclasses, important course notices, as well as analysing music and your progress utilising reflective practice

This unit aims to introduce learners to the musical and sonic features of a variety of popular music genres through studying musical devices, production techniques and instrumentation in order to extend and develop their understanding of popular music overall.

This unit will enable learners to develop the skills and strategies for generating work and income within the UK music industry. Learners will analyse and evaluate the different requirements and methods for generating work and income as a self-employed supplier as well as a creative enterprise. They will develop materials to promote themselves and understand how to communicate effectively in business to business (B2B) context. This unit encourages learners to explore their area of interest and cross-reference this with their own skill set. From here learners can evaluate their readiness for portfolio-based careers and identify any development needs or extra skills development they may need to undertake.

This unit aims to develop and refine learners’ skills in using technology in live performance. The purpose of this unit is to provide learners with opportunities to explore their own potential to develop as a live performer who can utilise a variety of music technology tools.

These sessions will bring together students from all three of the Diploma pathways and provide an opportunity to collaborate on an inter-disciplinary project of their choosing. It will foster the good communication and inter-personal skills that are essential for anyone looking to enter a professional working environment.

Any questions?

For any questions regarding our courses or if you’d like more information on how to apply to BIMM Institute, please contact our Admissions Team on 0344 2 646 666 or email [email protected].


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