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HND Music


Make music your career.

Gain essential skills for commercial success in the modern music industry through exciting collaborative and self-directed projects in state-of-the-art studios, computer suites and rehearsal spaces.

Build essential skills in song-writing, recording, production, performance, promotion, events management, and music technology in an inspiring professional environment.

Develop your employability by working with others on practical assignments. Improve your research skills to understand the issues and wider context of music.

Engage in a European trip to broaden your creative horizons. Local trips and guest speakers will help to make your career in music a reality.

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 (160 points as per 2016 tariff) 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 C/grade 4 or above: English at Level 2 is an essential requirement and maths at Level 2 is desirable. 

Please note that maths at Level 2 is required for progression onto the BA (Hons) Applied Studies (Music) (top-up) award or other programme beyond a HND course.

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.

Provisional timetables will be discussed at interview, and confirmed in the final joining instructions which all students will receive in July.

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.

How to apply

All full-time course applications are made through UCAS, ''clicking'' on apply below will take you to the UCAS website.

All Part-time course applications are through the college website.

Start DateDurationCodeAnnual FeeActions
Sep 20191 yr(s)1757D1112£7000.00Apply

How long is the course?

This is a two-year, full-time course. Participation in some evening performances also forms a necessary part of the HND.

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 into a range of careers and employment opportunities, including music performance, composition, arrangement, music production and sound recording. You could also establish your own company, giving you the opportunity to perform, teach, record or produce.

What will I study?

During the course you will study a core of compulsory units and a selection of specialist units.

Core units:

  • Music in Context
  • Creative Arts Research
  • Critical Music Listening
  • Preparation, Process and Production in the Creative Arts

Specialist units:

  • Music Composition Techniques
  • Applied Music Production
  • Music Production Analysis
  • Studio Recording and Engineering
  • Song Writing Techniques
  • Studio Production
  • Band Rehearsal and Performance
  • Composing for Film and Television
  • Music Technology
  • Composition in Context
  • Live Sound
  • Computer Music Composition

Module titles may change.

What can I go on to study?

  • Upon successful completion you may wish to progress on to a top-up award at a university. Further study options will be subject to entry requirements.
  • This award is useful for people seeking careers in music performance, music production, composition, arrangement, and sound recording.
  • Skills in self-employment are embedded in the course.

How do I apply?

This course starts in 2018. To register your interest please contact the

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