• Location
    Northampton - Booth Lane
    28 September 2018 to 11 June 2020
    UCAS Code

Awarding organisation

Awarding Body: UoN

Qualifications on offer: HND Music

Summary of course

This programme provides practical hands on training in music production areas, focusing on recording studio and computer music systems and programming software, such as Native Instruments, Pro Tools and Logic Pro .

Teaching staff have considerable industry experience and can guide students, depending on whether they wish to pursue a career as a producer or sound engineer, or further their studies with a degree programme.

The course provides a wide theoretical grounding across music and production. Students study six modules at each stage for the two year course and will be expected to attend all classes. They can make use of evening studio bookings and computer music bookings. Students will be expected to complete research outside timetabled class times, writing reports or essays to accompany practical work.

Stage 1:

Students will learn the rudiments of recording, sequencing, music and sound theory, as well as gaining valuable practical skills in music technology.

Stage 2:

Students will develop the skills and knowledge gained in stage one applying them to larger, more in depth projects. Students will also learn new audio visual skills.

Special course features:

  • Teaching staff have industry experience
  • HND can be topped up to BA (Hons) in Music Production

What will I study?

The units you will study are likely to include:

Core Units:

  • Arts management
  • Audio recording
  • Audio visual
  • Computer music systems
  • Music theory for production
  • Music and meaning
  • Practical experimental music
  • Synthesis and sampling

All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.

For further information about the course and the units you will study, please read the awarding body specification by clicking on the link below:

Awarding Body specification.

How is the course assessed?

The course is modular and assessed through practical and written assignments culminating in a final major project which will involve public performance. There will be a variety of assessed performances throughout the programme.

Who is this course for?

This course is for people who want to work in the music industries as performers and/or as technicians. It is also suitable for musicians wishing to study a technical and practical programme before completing the third year of the popular music degree at the University of Northampton or entering related employment.

Progression and Career Opportunities

Progression routes include:

  • University
  • Music industry

Find about more about career opportunities and expected starting salaries by clicking on the ‘What Can I Earn?' section of our website.

Entry Requirements for new students

Level Entry Requirements
Entry and Foundation: GCSEs, mainly 2-1 (F/G) grades. Satisfactory school reference*
Level 1: Four GCSEs at grade 2 (E) or above
Level 2: Four GCSEs at grade 3 (D) or above
Level 3 BTEC Courses or equivalent: Four GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C)
Level 3 A Levels: Five GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C) including English and maths
Level 4/5: A Level 3 qualification such as: A Levels, BTEC Level 3, Access to HE, Advanced Apprenticeship; equivalent of 48 UCAS points
Specific Course Requirements: Standard Level 4/5 entry requirements including GCSE English and Maths; applicants should be aged 18 or over

*All applicants will be invited in for interview.

Equivalent qualifications will be considered except where English has been studied as a second language and is required at GCSE grade 9-4 (A*-C).

We welcome international applications and applications from students with a range of non-traditional educational or professional qualifications

Those who do not have English as their first language will need to provide NARIC confirmed equivalent of 48 UCAS points and will need to demonstrate that they meet the minimum English language requirement of IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component(or equivalent).

We may also admit students on the strength of other qualifications or experience through Accreditation of Prior Learning.

Applicants will be required to demonstrate a level of interest and/or experience in the subject.

Interview Requirements

You must bring your interview letter to your appointment with you and arrive 15 minutes before your interview is due to take place.

Course fee information

The course fee is £6,165 per annum which can be paid through a Student Loan.


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We are planning to offer this programme from September 2016. The full details, including the fees for the 16/17 academic year will be available on the College website from the beginning of July 2016. In the meantime, if you would like to speak to a tutor about the course please call us or complete our easy online enquiry form.


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