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Music HND - Full-time

Music Production

Course outline

The course is designed to prepare you for work in the music and creative industries as a performer, session musician, composer, teacher, producer, recording engineer, sound designer or live sound technician. This includes the growing area of music in media such as film and TV, games, advertising and web-based opportunities.

You’ll gain practical experience, collaborate and network with your peers and creative industry professionals and perform live in bands and as solo artists in some of Nottingham’s best venues.

The course is highly practical. You’ll be encouraged to work independently, use your initiative, and develop your knowledge around the issues of working freelance, starting a music business, and entrepreneurial practice. 

You’ll also develop transferable skills, such as web design, online promotion and new IT technologies. You will have the opportunity to go on work placements.

Core modules include:

  • creative arts research skills
  • music in context
  • managing a creative business
  • new media technology
  • critical music listening
  • preparation, process and production in the creative arts
  • composing for film and TV
  • work-based experience

Pathway modules include:


  • band rehearsal and performance
  • music performance studies
  • computer music and composition
  • composition in context
  • planning for public performance


  • computer music composition and production
  • music technology
  • studio recording and engineering
  • live sound for small venues
  • public performance technology
  • audio post production
  • sound creation and manipulation

You’ll have access to industry-leading software including Logic, Pro Tools, Ableton Live, Sibelius and Native Instruments Komplete suite. You’ll develop your instrumental and vocal skills and be encouraged to develop new skills with music technology such as hardware synthesis, sampling, and signal processing, or develop your existing skills through performance and recording practice in our in-house industry standard venue and recording studios. 

Next steps

Entry onto this course is via UCAS

Course codes:
Music (Performance): W311
Music (Production): WW39

Institution code: N30

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Location Date(s) Course code Fees / reductions


Pelham Avenue, Nottingham NG5 1AL


03 September 2018 - 26 June 2020

Course code:


Fees / reductions:

2018/19 fees are yet to be confirmed.


Music HND (Pearson)


2 years full-time

Level Level 5
Entry requirements

You will need a keen interest in music and vocal, instrument or technical experience and/or a Level 3 qualification in a related subject area. 

You will need to have achieved a minimum of 48 UCAS points from:

  • At least two A Levels at 'A2'
  • BTEC Diploma or Extended Diploma in a music-related subject
  • International Baccalaureate

Other combinations of qualifications and experience will also be considered, as will Level 3 qualifications not currently listed on the UCAS tariff.

We would expect students to be working at Level 2 or above in English Language and Maths.

Mature students without formal qualifications, but with music industry/production experience are also welcome and encouraged to apply.

You may be invited to an interview or audition.

Teaching & assessment

You’ll be continuously assessed throughout the course.


The course places a strong emphasis on the development of entrepreneurial skills designed to enable you to work confidently on a self-employed basis.

Alternatively, you could progress on to our BA (Hons) Music and Creative Music Technology Top-up Degree or pursue a career in a wide range of areas in  the music industry. Many of our graduates are now successful recording artists. 


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