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Music(general pathway)/ Music (session musician pathway) (Level 5 Higher National Certificate) (Level 5 Diploma)


Course Overview

If music is your passion, this exciting course could lead you into the music industry. You’ll need to be able to play an instrument or sing. On the course you will learn the skills required of a modern performer such as how to rehearse and perform in live gigs, how to make the most of working in a recording studio and also the business side of the music industry. Performance, theory, aural training and composition are combined with technology skills to provide a varied training programme. The outstanding facilities include rehearsal spaces, recording studios, Apple Mac suites and a 170 seat theatre. You will have the opportunity to learn and develop technical skills and benefit from the knowledge and experience of tutors. Students have recently won three 1st prizes in the MUSIC SKILLS NI inter college competitions as well as Gold and Silver in the UK World Skills Popular Music in recent years. Success in this course can lead either to working in a
  • Start Date
    1 Sep 2021
  • Study Mode
  • Duration
    1 Year (HNC) 2 Year (HND)
  • Campus
    Strand Road

Important Message

Applications/Enrolment now Closed for this year,this course may be available again from September 2021

Available Sessions

  • Course
    Start Date
  • Course: Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate / Diploma Music
    Campus: Strand Road
    Type: Full Time
    Start Date: 01/09/2021

Course Offering

  • Site location Strand Road
Two young female students walking and laughing together

Course Modules

  • Marketing and promotion
  • Fundamentals of composition
  • Composing using technology
  • Applied music theory
  • Performing
  • Songwriting
  • Creative research
  • Advanced performance skills
  • Live arrangement skills
  • Project management
  • Composing to a brief
  • Musicology
  • Professional development
  • Music industry
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Entry Requirements

UK Requirements

32 UCAS Points. Interview and Audition also required.

ROI Requirements

32 UCAS Points. Interview and Audition also required.

What's Next?

Further Study

Direct entry to the final year of an honours degree programme is a possibility at both Leeds College of Music and Leeds Beckett


  • Image of ROE (Roisin Donald)
    The College has helped me become a better musician. I started at NWRC, now I'm supporting Robbie Williams at Hyde Park!
    ROE (Roisin Donald)
  • Image of Mark McConway
    It had been a few years since I was at college, but the help and support I received from the lecturers on my course made my time at the college enjoyable and memorable.
    Mark McConway

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