What does the course include?
This Higher National Diploma aims to produce a competent music technology specialist, commonly known in the music recording industry as a programmer, or a product specialist in the music/recording equipment distribution or retail industry.
The course includes the following modules:
There is an option for a work experience unit depending on your sound related work outside of college.
How is the course assessed?
Coursework and continual assessment, practical assessment tasks and where possible – work based opportunities.
Where does it lead?
This course is specifically designed to prepare students with the knowledge, skills and experience they need to begin a career in the music and sound industry, or alternatively to progress on to the final year of a relevant degree course.
The College has links with several organisations which specialise in student accommodation. These offer a range of types of accommodation and prices vary depending on location, homestay or independent living, whether meals are required and whether you want a single or shared room. The College does not have its own accommodation. Click here for more information.
If you are a UK student planning to study a full-time or part-time higher education course you may be eligible for a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of your course. If you study full-time you may also be eligible to receive a maintenance loan and a grant to assist you with living costs.
These loans do not require repayment until you have finished your course and you are earning more than £21,000 per year, although you can start repaying them sooner if you wish. Click here to find out more.
To apply for this course please do so via UCAS, the UCAS reference for this course is W37L.
Higher National Diploma in Music Production
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To successfully complete this course you will be expected to spend a number of additional hours a week on assignments, project or field trips.
What do I need to get on to the course?
You need to be at least seventeen years of age with four GCSEs at Grade 4-5 (C) AND one A level, or an equivalent qualification (e.g. BTEC National Diploma, or GNVQ Advanced Level 3 in an appropriate subject) for the HND year 1.
You will then progress to the HND year 2 programme. You will be asked for some written work so that your academic written level can be assessed. Mature applicants without formal qualifications will be considered on their individual merit. As much practical material, be it creative or technical, should be collated into a form of show-reel or portfolio. This will give admission tutors a clearer idea of music technology ability and in turn helps us provide a greater learner experience.
The interview process
All suitably qualified applicants (including those who expect to gain the necessary qualifications in June) will be interviewed. The interview will be formal and likely either 1:1 with the course leader or 2 members of the course team. It will take approximately 30-45 minutes. You will be asked to explain of describe previous musical and music technology experiences. Any relevant industry experience and based on grades, experience and proven ability including examples of previous work may be asked to complete a piece of research and written work. This will allow tutors to correctly asses ability and skills at levels 4 and 5 necessary for studying on the programme.
To cover tuition fees, loans are available from the government. You may also get support towards your living costs. The amount you can borrow depends on where you live and your household income. There is also extra support for those with special circumstances, for example, if you have children or adult dependants, a disability, long-term health condition, mental-health condition, or specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia or dyspraxia.
Care to learn - childcare support for young people aged 16-20
If you are aged under 20 at the beginning of your course, or moving to the 2nd year of a level 3 course, and are caring for your own child you may be entitled to £175.00 maximum per week, per child through Care to Learn.
Please ensure you register on the Care to Learn website even if you haven’t chosen your childcare provider or the course you want to study. Once you have registered Care to Learn will confirm financial support in principle.
For further details and help with making an application please visit https://www.gov.uk/care-to-learn or speak to a Student Advisor.
If you are aged 20+ when you start a course and need financial support to help with the cost of childcare while you study the college may be able to help.
You will be required to make use of any government NEF or 2+ Funding before requesting any financial support from the college.
It is essential that you speak to a Student Advisor prior to enrolling on a course to discuss your personal circumstances, childcare needs and to find out if there are funds available.
Eligibility for help with childcare costs is based on your personal circumstances.
You need to have evidence that you meet general discretionary Learner Support Funds or 19+ Advanced Learning Loan bursary fund criteria:
All childcare applicants approved for funding will be required to sign our Terms & Conditions and MUST inform the College immediately should they stop attending lessons for any reason.Email firstname.lastname@example.org to put your name on the childcare waiting list. You MUST speak to a member of the Student Advice or Learner Services team before you enrol on a course.