Frequently Asked Questions

What does an average week look like at Abbey Road Institute?

Our Advanced Diploma in Music Production and Sound Engineering is an intensive, full-time programme. You will have a daily timetable of lectures with our core team as well as weekly lectures with industry experts. Classes usually take place Monday to Thursday with Friday’s dedicated to workshops, masterclasses and other complimentary classes.

The campus is open 7 days a week, and we encourage you to use the studios and equipment as much as possible to make the most of your time at Abbey Road Institute. This means you can be working and recording during the evenings and weekends in addition to your timetabled lectures and workshops. If you’re looking for more information on how we’re responding to COVID- 19, please visit our dedicated page.

What is the relationship with Abbey Road Studios and can I access the studios?

Abbey Road Institute is the educational initiative born out of the expertise and skills developed at Abbey Road Studios over the past nearly 90 years. The school was created through a partnership between the worlds most famous recording studio and Univeral Music Group. The curriculum created at our flagship school in London and also taught across our other international campuses was developed by Carlos Lellis and our academic team, industry friends and peers as well as the team of audio specialists at Abbey Road.

The London Institute has its own teaching spaces and professional studios on-site at Abbey Road which you have access to on a daily basis. We organise regular recording sessions in the main commercial Abbey Road Studios for specific projects and workshops throughout the course. You can find out more about some of these on our blog.

Who studies on the Advanced Diploma? Is the course right for me?

Our Advanced Diploma is an industry-standard, professional training course, which gives you the knowledge, skills and access to professional networks that will help you progress in audio production and the music industry. We encourage applications from students from all different backgrounds and musical interests. You will need to demonstrate the required level of skills as detailed in the entry requirements, but we’re not looking for students interested in any specific ‘type’ of music or genre. The course is intensive and we encourage you to apply if you are passionate about the subject, driven to work hard and want to immerse yourself in a dynamic, professional studio environment. 


How do I apply for the Advanced Diploma?

The application process for our diploma is straightforward. You can apply online via our application portal here –  APPLY NOW.

You will need to demonstrate that you meet the entry requirements and upload copies of your qualifications and your music portfolio. If you do not have copies of your qualifications or are waiting for your results, you may still submit your application to be reviewed by our admissions team.

We interview all applicants that meet the entry requirements. If you are in the UK we would like to interview you in person. If you are applying from another country in Europe or further afield and are not able to travel to the UK we can interview you on Skype or another online platform.

We will notify you of the outcome of your application within a few days of your interview. If you have any questions or need any support with the online application process please contact our Admissions team who will be very happy to help.

The minimum age requirement to join any of our courses is 18.


When do I apply for the Advanced Diploma?

There are two intakes per year, which start in February/March and September.October. You can apply to either intake depending on which dates suit you best. We advise you to start your application as early as possible to give yourself time to fully prepare your application and interview. Our class sizes are small with a maximum of 20 spaces available for each intake. The course is in demand in advance of the application deadline and start date, so we recommend applying as soon as you are able to.

We hold interviews on a rolling basis up until the course is full or until the month before the course is due to start. We may consider earlier or later applications depending on availability.



Your application is your opportunity to demonstrate that you meet the entry requirements necessary to study on the course.  So that we can assess your suitability for the course and offer you an interview you will need to include the following documents:

  • A Music Portfolio (4 productions in which you demonstrate different roles, such as performer, producer, engineer, writer etc). Please label the portfolio or submit further documentation to explain your role in each production. If you don’t have 4 yet please submit what you can.  We do not expect to receive high-quality productions but are simply looking for evidence that you have been attempting to create and produce music for a period of time.  
  • Academic qualifications.
  • Music qualifications – if you don’t have a formal music qualification please state your level of music knowledge and experience in your covering letter.
  • A cover letter. This is where you can explain your motivation to study, career goals and provide further explanation about your background (recordings, composing, performances etc). You should also explain your musical abilities, eg. which instrument (s) you play, what music theory experience you have and give an indication of your level.
  • Your Curriculum Vitae – allowances will be made for applicants with relating “real-world” experience.
  • Copy of photographic ID, this is usually a scan of your passport or ID card from your home country. For passports please provide a scan of the front cover and photo page.


What are the payment and funding options available?

We offer different payment options to support you in being able to fund your studies with us. You can choose to spread the payment throughout your time at Abbey Road Institute or you can pay the full amount upfront and benefit from a reduced fee.

Fees and payment plans for 2020

Payment Plan A (12 Monthly instalments):
Registration fee £450*
Monthly tuition fee instalments of £1,285 (x12) = £15,420
Total Course fee £15,870

Payment Plan B (Full fee paid up-front):
Registration fee £450*
Tuition fee £14,445
Total Course fee £14,895

*If you are not selected for an interview your registration fee will be refunded in full. If your application is unsuccessful after your interview we will refund your registration fee minus a £100 administration fee.



Our Advanced Diploma is not a 3-year degree programme, and therefore not eligible for an undergraduate student loan. You may find other funding options by doing your own research online, here is a suggestion to get you started:

Top Universities – a guide to funding your studies


I am an international (Applying from outside of Europe) applicant, can I apply to Abbey Road Institute?

Tier 4 General student visa

Students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) are unable to obtain a Tier 4 General student visa to study on a course at Abbey Road Institute London. To apply to study for our Advanced Diploma in Music Production you must hold a valid EEA passport. The EEA includes the European Union (EU) countries and also Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

Tier 5 “Youth Mobility Visa”

You may be eligible for a Tier 5 “Youth Mobility Visa”. You can apply for this visa if you’re aged between 18 – 30 and from the following countries: Australia, Canada, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Republic of Korea or Taiwan. Please visit the UK government website for further information on eligibility and how to apply.

Short-term study visa
Abbey Road Institute is approved by the Independent Schools Inspectorate. This means that if you are a qualifying international (non-EAA) student you will soon be in a position to apply for a short-term study visa which will allow you to study with us in the UK for up to 6-months. We are in the process of creating new courses that will be open for international applications and will be announcing this news in the coming months.


I want to study on the advanced diploma but I’m looking for a degree, what options are available to me?

We have partnered with the University of West London and have now set up a progression route from our Advanced Diploma. This means that once you have successfully completed your studies with us you can apply to join the second year of one of the following degree courses at UWL:
1. BA (HONS) Recording Mixing and Production (UC – 37WW)
2. BA (HONS) Music Technology (UC W351)
3. BA (HONS) Electronic Music Production (UC – 383W)

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

Andrea Mastroiacovo, Graduate 2018

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, Graduate 2019

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)

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

Luke Glazewski, Graduate 2019

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, Graduate 2019

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