The Live Sound Diploma Program is designed to develop your knowledge and skills in one of the entertainment industry’s most in demand careers: sound for concerts and live events. Combining a balance of essential theoretical knowledge with hands-on practical applications, this program utilizes the most current, progressive sound reinforcement technologies available, taught by instructors with years of live industry experience. Our exclusive partnership with the industry provides an unparalleled learning environment, with access to industry-leading equipment and facilities, all designed to prepare students for future opportunities in the production of music concerts, corporate events, theatrical productions, trade shows, exhibitions, conferences, and multi-media presentations.


Assessments for the Diploma is based wholly on course work, Final Exam and work based reports

Programme Structure

  • Introduction to Sound
  • Signal Flow
  • Dynamics and EQ
  • Microphones, DI boxes, and Audio Connectors
  • Power Distribution Unit
  • Stage Setup
  • PA Systems
  • System Design & Alignment

This program is designed for students who wish target their career toward both the business side and the creative and technical side of the live event industry. With in-depth studies encompassing all aspects of live event production and the art of music business management, this engaging program strikes an excellent balance between technical sound and lighting skills, and the business principles associated with both the music and live event and entertainment industries.

Achieving this qualification

To be awarded this qualification, learners are required to successfully achieve 20 mandatory units.

  • Unit 01 - Introduction to the Entertainment Industry
  • Unit 02 - Intellectual Properties and Entertainment Contract Law
  • Unit 03 - Health & Safety in the Live Event Industry
  • Unit 04 - Show System Maintenance
  • Unit 05 - Audio Signal Processing
  • Unit 06 - Business Ethics and Communications
  • Unit 07 - Concert Lighting Principles
  • Unit 08 - Critical Listening
  • Unit 09 - Digital Technologies
  • Unit 10 - Financial Principles
  • Unit 11 - Marketing, Promotion and Publicity
  • Unit 12 - Music & Culture
  • Unit 13 - Music Business
  • Unit 14 - Principles of Sound & Acoustics
  • Unit 15 - Music Management
  • Unit 16 - Practical Business Technologies
  • Unit 17 - Principles of Electricity & Electronics
  • Unit 18 - Show Production Systems
  • Unit 19 - System Installation Technologies
  • Unit 20 - Tour Management
Total Qualification Time (TQT) - 800
Guided Learning Hours (GLH) - 400

Candidate entry requirements

LMA Level 3 Diploma in Live sound Engineering

London Media Academy cannot accept any registrations for candidates under 18 as these qualifications are not approved for under 18.

Resource requirements

Staff delivering these qualifications must be able to demonstrate that they meet the following occupational expertise requirements. They should:

  • Be occupationally competent or technically knowledgeable in the areas for which they are delivering training and/or have experience of providing training. This knowledge must be to the same level as the training being delivered
  • Have recent relevant experience in the specific area they will be assessing
  • Have credible experience of providing training.

How the qualification is assessed

Assessment is the process of measuring a candidate’s skill, knowledge and understanding against the standards set in a qualification. The Level 3 Diploma in Photography is internally assessed.

Internal assessment

Each candidate must create a portfolio of evidence which demonstrates achievement of all the learning outcomes and assessment criteria associated with each unit. On completion of each unit candidates must declare that the work produced is their own. The Assessor must countersign this. Examples of suitable evidence for the portfolio for each unit are provided in the Handbook.

The main pieces of evidence for the portfolio could include (in no particular order):

  • Assessor observation – completed observational checklists and related action plans
  • witness testimony
  • candidate’s proof of work
  • worksheets
  • assignments/projects/reports
  • record of professional discussion
  • record of oral and written questioning
  • candidate and peer reports
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)


Moderation is the process by which we confirm that assessment decisions in centres are:

We do this through:

external moderation – which we carry out through our External Moderators who, by supporting you, will make sure that assessments meet nationally agreed standards and that your quality assurance systems continue to meet our centre approval criteria.