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HND Music (Production Pathway) (Top-up) - Level 5


This course is for those interested in working within the music industry, more specifically within a music production setting.  

You will undertake a number of practical sessions focussing on advanced music production and sound engineering, to develop the skills needed to progress onto your chosen career path.

Projects will include live mixing, and opportunities to compose your own music to set briefs, to help you build a portfolio which is sure to impress potential future employers.

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 students who have completed optional technology/production units during the HNC Music (General) course.

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

This course is validated by Pearson Edexcel.

Entry requirements

In order to start this course, you will be expected to have:

  • An HNC qualification in HNC Music (General).

Alternatively, we will consider substantive experience in a relevant field.

We normally also require GCSE English language at grade 4/Cor 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.

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.

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How long is the course?

This is a one-year, full-time course that follows on from the HNC Music (General) programme. Participation in a number of internal and external events forms a necessary part of the HND top-up. 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 performance events.

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 studio recording, live sound, music production, music education and composition. 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 range of core and specifically selected optional units.

Core Units:

  • Creative Research Project
  • Advanced Music Production
  • Advanced Sound Engineering

Optional Units*:

  • Creative Portfolio
  • Composing to a Brief
  • Working in Music Education
  • Live Mixing

*Optional units are subject to change.

What can I go on to study?

The Level 5 Higher National Diploma is recognised by Higher Education providers as meeting admission requirements to many relevant degree top-up courses, for example:

  • BA (Hons) in Music Production
  • BSc (Hons) in Music Technology

You should always check the entry requirements for degree programmes at specific Higher Education providers. After completing the BTEC Higher National Diploma, you can also progress directly into employment. The skills offered as part of the Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma can provide graduates with the opportunity to work in many different areas of the music industry.

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.

Applications to our full-time undergraduate courses should be made through UCAS.

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However, if you have your results or only wish to apply to this college we may be able to process the application through UCAS for you.

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Next steps

Applications to our full-time undergraduate courses should be made through UCAS.

Apply via UCAS

However, if you have your results or only wish to apply to this college we may be able to process the application through UCAS for you.

Apply online

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