• Location
    Northampton - Booth Lane
    24 September 2019 to 11 June 2021

Awarding organisation

Awarding Body: BTEC Pearson Subject to validation

Qualifications on offer: HNC and HND Music

Summary of course

This programme provides practical hands on training in music production and performance areas, including live events, professional development, instrumental skills, session playing, the Music business, 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 performer, producer or sound engineer, or further their studies with a degree programme.

The course provides a wide theoretical grounding across music performance and production. Students study units at level 4 (HNC) and 5 (HND) and will be expected to attend all classes. They can make use of evening reheearsal booths, venue, 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.

Special course features:

  • Teaching staff have industry experience
  • HND's can be topped up to degree levle 6 at a number of universities

What will I study?

The units you will study are likely to include:

  • The Music Industry
  • Marketing & Promotion for Musicians
  • Professional Development
  • Music Copywright
  • The Monetisation of Music
  • Music Publishing
  • The Live Music Business
  • Music Event management
  • Music and Society
  • Applied Sound Principles
  • Recording Technology
  • Creative Software techniques
  • Sound design fundamentals
  • Music Production Fundamentals
  • Sound Engineering Fundamentals
  • Live Sound Techniques
  • Applied Music Theory
  • Performance
  • Compositional techniques
  • Fundamental of Composition
  • Compositon using technology
  • Arranging and re-mixing

All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.

How is the course assessed?

The course is unit based and assessed through practical and written assignments culminating in a final major project which will involve public performance, product or event. 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 or practical programme before completing a third year music degree (subject to offer) or entering related employment.

Progression and Career Opportunities

Progression routes include:

  • University progression
  • post graduate study
  • Teaching
  • Music industry employment

Entry Requirements for new students

48 UCAS points equivalent to 2 A Levels at Grade D or above, or a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at Pass/Diploma at Merit or equivalent. Candidates must have a demonstrable aptitude for music and or music production. You will also need a GCSE at Grade C[4-5] or above in English and Maths

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).

Applicants should be 18 or above.

We may also admit students on the strength of other qualifications or experience.

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


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