Entry Requirements

Who is this course for?

This short course is available at 3 levels. We’ve created a table below that will let you self assess your knowledge against each course level. Additionally to this there are some basic requirements that you need to meet to be eligible for this course:

  • You must be 18 years old or above.
  • You will need to have a good level of English to get the most out of the programme and participate in the activities involved. Whilst we don’t assess your English, if you are not a native English speaker, we recommend you’re at IELTS level 5.5 or above to benefit from attending this course

Course Level Self-assessment Table

If you can answer the majority of questions under the course level then that will be the right level for you to study on.

Entry Requirement FAQs

What level is right for me?
See our self assessment table above. If you know the majority of the answers to the questions under each level then that is the correct course level for you.

Does the course have a qualification?
This course does not award a qualification.

Do I need to have experience as a producer to join this course?
We have created this course with producers and engineers in mind however it is not necessary for you to have a background or experience in music production.

Will I be using ProTools, Logic or other DAWs as part of this course?
While ProTools and Logic Pro X will be used for some in-class demonstrations, you are not required to have prior experience working with a DAW.

Will this course help me meet the entry requirements for the Advanced Diploma in Music Production and Sound Engineering?
Yes. If you have limited or no prior knowledge or experience of music theory then successful completion Level 1 of this course will demonstrate to us that you are at an acceptable level to apply for the Advanced Diploma.


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An inspiring and incredibly well designed course that gave me the best musical education I could have dreamt of. Life-altering.

David Dargahi, Alumni

The curriculum is fantastic, extremely comprehensive, contemporary and relevant to today’s industry.

Andrea Mastroiacovo, Alumni

This course has helped to develop me into a well rounded producer, engineer, and musician. It has helped open doors to career opportunities that I would otherwise not have had access to. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for the fantastic team, course, and resources available at Abbey Road Institute London!

Yvan Chambers, Alumni

The course taught me what it means to be a producer and engineer in the industry, I learned things I couldn’t have learned anywhere else.

Marta Di Nozzi, Alumni

Abbey Road Institute trains you to deliver high quality work that matches industry standards.

Martí Canales, Alumni

I had an incredible experience. The staff have so much to offer and cover so many different areas of music.

Luke Glazewski, Alumni

The Abbey Road Institute helped me to unlock my musical potential.

Cory Lawrence, Alumni

Applying for the diploma was the best thing I could have done for my career. I'm really amazed at how much I learnt in one year.

Lizzie Arnold, Alumni

There is some real visionary foresight in Abbey Road Institute being established to preserve the cultural legacy of Abbey Road.

Youth (Paul McCartney, The Verve, Killing Joke)

It’s a unique experience in so many ways, the location, the calibre of guest lecturers and access to Abbey Road Studios for classes is pretty amazing. There aren't many places you get to record a full orchestra!

Jason O’Bryan, Lecturer

Come with an open mind and a voracious appetite to soak up the magic! Be prepared to work hard - you’ll get out what you put in.

Ian Ramage, Lecturer