with expert tutors


with other creatives


with industry heavyweights

backed by the best in the business

All of our courses are packed with insight and advice from
music industry leaders at the top of their game.

learn from the writer of the UK’s Most Performed Song 2019, ‘Giant’ by Calvin Harris

Jamie Hartman on songwriting

2020 Brit Award Winning artist Celeste shares advice, tips and insight

Celeste on performance

go behind the scenes with 6 x Grammy Award winning record producer

Paul Epworth on record production

hear from CEO of Reservoir, UK Independent Publisher of the Year 2020

Golnar Khosrowshahi on publishing

why learn with #theWRD?

#TheWrd is new school. We bring together expert educators, creative industry big hitters and deep-learning AI,
to give all students the capabilities, qualifications and connections needed to pursue their preferred path in the
music industry – whether that’s skilled employment, further study or a higher apprenticeship.

funded (subject to eligibility)

be part of a diverse community and start building your network

study online from anywhere with 24/7 personalised support

gain skills that are in-demand now and in the future

unrivalled career opportunities: learn directly from the industry to get truly job-ready

face-to-face mentorship and group work at grassroots music venues nationwide

micro blocks of cutting-edge content make any learning goal achievable

freedom to explore your interests and discover your strengths

level up your skills
level up your connections
level up your opportunities

we’ve got the qualification to suit you

Explore the options below to find your best route

access to higher education

  • 19+ year olds
  • similar to 3 A-levels
  • university recognised
  • full access to all content, connections and opportunities

extended diploma

  • everything the diploma offers, plus...
  • full access to all our units, content, resources, events, industry connections and career opportunities throughout the UK


  • everything the certificate offers, plus...
  • advanced units on specialist subjects, such as record label management, music for games, festival management, contract law and many more


  • everything the award offers, plus...
  • optional units on key sectors of the music industry, including recorded music, songs and songwriting, live events and brand, pr and marketing


  • 16 - 18 year olds
  • key skills, knowledge and connections to succeed in the creative industries
  • access to exclusive content, resources, events, industry connections and career opportunities

want to know more?

explore all the subjects you can study at #theWRD >

#thewrd on the street

We’re not the only ones excited about the
power of the new school.

really cool gateway

Marcus Robinson
digital marketing coordinator

great bunch of lecturers

Ellie Best
promotions coordinator

involved at every level

Brendan Walsh
international music marketeer

got my first big break

Ana Marques
executive assistant

it's easy to get involved

There are just 3 blocks between you and the
music industry career you dream of.

step 1

choose a qualification

You can study for an Award (complimentary qualification), Certificate (similar to one AS level), Diploma (similar to 2 A-levels), or Extended Diploma (similar to 3 A-levels).

step 2

choose your core topics

Pick two core topics as your learning foundations. If you choose to do a diploma or extended diploma, you get to study all the core topics (we’re nice like that).

step 3

choose your optional topics

This block’s exciting. Time to choose your path with heart and start building towards that dream career.

start building your future now

Make your selections below to get started with #TheWrd.
We’ll get back to you with more info including course availability in your area.