Higher Education

Music HND

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Course Location: Whittingham Road Campus and an external studio

Course Duration: Part-time over 3 years (evening)

Fees (2018-19)

  • Part-time total tuition fees - £11,842.34

Please note that we are currently unable to accept international students.

About this course

This course is aimed at students who want to be performers and those who are interested in becoming music technicians.

The units of study will depend on the career pathway you wish to pursue and will equip you with the knowledge, understanding and skills for successful employment in music or music production.

As well as developing musical and production abilities, the specialised units will give you the opportunity to improve techniques and develop personal qualities and attributes essential for successful performance and relevant progression.

What will I learn?

Core Units

  • Band Rehearsal and Performance (Performers)
  • Live Sound for Small Venues (Technicians)
  • Music Studio Production
  • Creative Arts Research Skills
  • Employability Skills
  • Critical Music Listening
  • Principles of Musical Sound
  • Music Performance Skills (Performers)
  • Applied Music Production Techniques (Technicians)
  • Song Writing Techniques and Styles
  • Studio Recording and Engineering
  • Managing a Creative Business
  • Music in Context
  • Improvisation in Music (Performers)
  • Audio Mastering and Manufacturing (Technicians)
  • New Media Technology
  • Preparation, Process and Production in the Creative Arts
  • Composition in Context
  • Research Project

Units are subject to change

Delivery — Part-Time
Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
Independent Study 30% 30% 30%
Placement 20% 20% 30%
Timetabled Classes 50% 50% 40%
Delivery — Part-Time
Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
Independent Study 100% 100% 100%
Placement 0% 0% 0%
Timetabled Classes 0% 0% 0%

How will I be assessed?

Students are assessed through coursework and practical assessments.

What do I need?

  • A BTEC Level 3 qualification in a subject related area; or
  • 2 or more A Levels; or
  • An Access to Higher Education Certificate

This profile should be supported by GCSE grades A* to C (or 4) in Maths and English Language.

Mature learners may present a more varied profile of achievement that is likely to include extensive work experience and/or achievement of a range of professional qualifications in their work sector.

Where can it take me?

Those wishing to continue their studies can use this qualification to progress on to a full honours top up degree at many universities, in Music related subject areas.

On successful completion you may wish to consider careers in a variety of Music-related industries.