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Music (Performance and Production) HNC

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Music HNC (Full time)

The HNC and HND in Music offers a practical pathway into the music industry as either a Performer or within a production role. The first year builds on the skills developed during Level 3 and focusses on advancing Instrumental practice and music theory as well as preparing for a career in the music industry.

The students can progress onto higher education in Music whilst remaining in the college environment that they are accustomed to. Students have the option of studying for either a production or performance career, but will also have the fundamentals of both to draw on. Students work in state of art music facilities with industry professionals and create a portfolio of material to boost their career opportunities.

Course information

Entry requirements

Ideally students will hold a level 3 qualification in Music as well as English and maths GCSE (full qualification) minimum Grade 4 or grade C. We also accept those with extensive knowledge and experience in the sector. If your first language is not English, learners should have a minimum of 6.0 IELTS.

Applicants should have good study and research skills.

Course content


Core units:

  • Unit 1 – The Music Industry
  • Unit 2 – Marketing and Promotion for Musicians (Pearson Set)
  • Unit 3 – Professional Development

Optional units:

  • Unit 16 – Music production fundamentals
  • Unit 17 – Sound Engineering fundamentals
  • Unit 22 – Applied Music Theory
  • Unit 23 – Performance
  • Unit 24 – Instrumental Technique

You will gain:

Pearson Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Music (General)

Assessment methods

Assessment is through practical assignments with no exams – to more accurately reflect the real working environment. Through this engaging approach to learning, you will be ready to face the challenges of the modern Music world armed with the hands-on skills employers demand.

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Apply through UCAS

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Available Courses
Tresham College Kettering Campus
Starts: 17/09/2024
Type: HE
Length: 30 weeks
Day(s): Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Time(s): 9:00am - 4:30pm
Fees: £6,000.00

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Funding Information

You could be eligible to take out a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees. Click on the link below to find out more about the financial support available for our Higher Education courses.

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If you decide to pay for your course yourself, we also offer an affordable Direct Debit instalments option to help spread the cost of tuition fees (terms apply).

Additional Learning Support

If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.

Any questions?

If you would like to find out more about this or other courses, please use our Livechat below, email or call us on 0345 658 8990.


We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 for more information.

Additional formats

Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 to order your copy.