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HNC Music (General)


If you’re considering a career in music, this course offers a broad introduction to the subject, allowing you to uncover the wide range of opportunities available within this exciting industry.

You will look at the music industry as a whole, finding out about the marketing and promotions side of the business, as well as the fundamentals of music production and applied music theory.

There’ll also be plenty of opportunity for practical sessions, including live sound, music technology, performance and recording, to allow you to further enhance your skillset.

As part of the course you may also hear from guest speakers or attend trips and visits, which help bring the industry to life, to allow you to gain further knowledge and experience of the subject.

This course supports progression for both performing and non-performing musicians and technology students.

Check out examples of our current students’ song writing, productions and performances at

This course is validated by Pearson Edexcel.


Find out what our students get up to as part of their studies. From industry visitors to trips out and activities; there’s plenty to get involved in alongside gaining a qualification.

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Entry requirements

To start this course, you will need to have successfully completed a minimum of one of the following:

  • At least 64 UCAS points at A Level in appropriate subjects.
  • Appropriate BTEC National Extended Diploma with MMM profile or above.
  • Alternatively, we will consider substantive experience in a relevant field.

We normally also require GCSE English language at grade 4/C or above: English at Level 2 is an essential requirement and maths at Level 2 is desirable.

Start dates and fees

Course fees are payable for each year of all university-level courses. To identify your course fees and the financial support that may be available to you, please visit the finance and funding page, or contact a member of the HE team at the college.

Timetables will be confirmed in Mid-August 2019, however – as a guide – expect the 2019 academic year to begin week commencing 9 September 2019.

Additional costs: Every student is different, but as a rough guide you should allow for the following costs of study, on top of basic stationery and IT costs, per year:

Essential: Between £100-£300 on books. Up to £100 on visits, events, etc.

Recommended: Overseas Perspectives Visit - £250 plus living costs/spending money

In addition, students may need access to equipment, hardware and some software outside of college hours.

Start DateDurationCodeAnnual FeeActions
Sep 20191 yr(s)1757D1£7000.00Apply

How long is the course?

This is a one-year, full-time course. Participation in a number of internal and external events forms a necessary part of the HNC. You will also need to dedicate a substantial amount of time to research and work outside the classroom.


How will I be assessed?

Assessment methods are varied and include written reports, presentations, critiques, portfolios, practical workshops and performances.

What does the course lead to?

Successful completion of the course will enable you to progress on to the HND top-up award which has two pathways: music production and sessional musician. The pathway you progress to will be dependent on the units completed during the HNC. You may also choose to move on to further educational opportunities, or straight into employment.

What will I study?

During the course you will study a range of core and specifically selected optional units that support performing and non-performing students.

Core Units:

  • The Music Industry
  • Marketing and Promotions for Musicians
  • Professional Development

Optional Units*:

  • Music Production Fundamentals
  • Applied Music Theory
  • Composition Techniques
  • Instrumental Technique (supports HND ‘Session Musician’ pathway)
  • Performance (supports HND ‘Session Musician’ pathway)
  • Recording Technology (supports HND ‘Production’ pathway)
  • Live Sound Techniques (supports HND ‘Production’ pathway)

*Optional units are subject to change.

What can I go on to study?

  • Upon successful completion of the HNC Music (General) you will progress to the HND Music top-up, studying a specific ‘Session Musician’ or ‘Production’ pathway. The pathway you progress to will be dependent on the units completed during the HNC.

How do I apply?

Please complete our online application form, paying particular attention to previous qualifications and the personal statement. If you experience any difficulty, please contact the college on 01623 627191.

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