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Music (production pathway) (Level 4 Higher National Certificate / Diploma HNC in Music (general pathway)/ HND)

Pearson BTEC

Course Overview

This course could lead you into the music industry. Being able to play an instrument is not a requirement, however you will need to have an ear for music and an interest in a wide range of musical genres. You will acquire and develop the practical skills of music production, both recorded and live. You will collaborate with musicians to produce original material and work on live briefs. You will also learn about the business side of the music industry. By the end of the course you will have produced a portfolio of work and devised a career plan. The outstanding facilities include state-of-the-art recording studios, practice rooms, Apple Mac creative suites with the latest music software, and a custom-built 170 seat theatre. You will have the opportunity to learn and develop technical skills and benefit from the knowledge and experience of tutors and technicians who continue to work actively in the music industry. Success in this course can lead either to working in a music career straight away or to further study at university.
  • Start Date
    9 Sept 2024
  • Study Mode
  • Duration
    1 Year (HNC) 2 Year (HND)
  • Campus
    Strand Road

Available Sessions

  • Course
    Start Date
  • Course: Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate / Diploma HNC in Music (general pathway)/ HND in Music (production pathway)
    Campus: Strand Road
    Type: Full Time
    Start Date: 09/09/2024
    £2,500 per annum (subject to change)

Course Offering

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

Course Modules

  • Music industry
  • Marketing and promotion
  • Professional development
  • Creative research
  • Composing using technology
  • Arranging and remixing
  • Sound engineering fundamentals
  • Live sound techniques
  • Music production fundamentals
  • Advanced music production
  • Mixing and mastering
  • Musicology
  • Advanced composing using technology
  • Sound for media products
  • Project management
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Entry Requirements

UK Requirements

32 UCAS Points plus satisfactory standard achieved at mandatory interview and/ or audition.

ROI Requirements

32 UCAS Points equivalent plus satisfactory standard achieved at mandatory interview and/ or audition.

Additional Requirements Prior to Entry

Interview Required

Work Placement


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 University whilst advanced entry into second year at QUB and various other universities is also a possibility.

Career Prospects

This course gives a general grounding in all aspects of the music business. Depending on the choice of subjects, graduates will leave prepared for a career as a performer or as a production professional behind the scenes.


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