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Music Performance HNC

Course Overview

This exciting and innovative Higher National Certificate in Music Performance course aims to:


  • Offer students the opportunity to develop as artists
  • Produce high quality recordings and performances which will meet local industry needs
  • Provide specialised experiential studies which are directly relevant to the music vocations/profession
  • Enable students to make an immediate or improved contribution in employment
  • Provide progression to higher educational studies
  • Develop a range of skills, techniques, personal qualities and attitudes which will enhance students’ careers
  • Offer a route to higher education
  • Develop students’ ability to learn independently and to carry this forward for future career development.


What topics are covered?

The programme comprises two core units together with six specialist units which will be achieved by attending College and additional gigs in professional venues. The course contains a mixture of Level 4 and Level 5 units. Key aspects of the course include band rehearsal and live performance, songwriting techniques, studio recording and engineering, music performance skills, live sound for small venues and music in context.


The course runs from September to July. Units are graded pass, merit or distinction and you must achieve at least a pass grade in all units to be eligible for the award.


The course contains a mixture of level 4 and level 5 units.


Some key aspects of the HNC in Music Performance course are:

  • Band rehearsal and live performance
  • Songwriting techniques
  • Studio recording and engineering
  • Music performance skills
  • Live sound for small venues
  • Music in context

Who is the course aimed at?

This course is suitable for anyone wishing to develop their skills in this vocational area.

What are the entry requirements?

  • A-levels and equivalents: normally a minimum of three relevant A-levels, equivalent to 80 UCAS points or preferably higher. Five GCSEs grade 4 passes which should include maths, English language, music or a relevant subject
  • BTEC: an appropriate National Diploma, preferably with at least MMP grades
  • Mature and international students: considered on an individual basis, taking into account validated access or bridging courses in appropriate subjects, accreditation for prior achievement, approved foreign qualifications


Interview is by audition. You must bring a portfolio CD of original songs and be able to show songs that have been uploaded to the internet. You will sing/perform with your instrument. You will receive more information via the interview letter.

What qualifications will I gain?

HNC – Higher National Certificate in Music.

Who is the awarding body?


Who will be my tutor?

John Canning

How will I learn?

The course will be delivered in the specialist Music labs and recording studios at the College. Students will learn through a mixture of practicals, group work, lecturers and performances.

What hours will I be in college?

This is a full-time, evening based course (three evenings per week).

How will I be assessed?

All assessment is by assignment, e.g. performances, recordings, original songs, essays. There are no formal examinations. Students are required to play at least ten external professional gigs.

What can I do after this course?

Improve your career prospects and your earning potential. Progress to Higher National Diploma.

Are there any additional costs?

There are no additional costs, only the course fees are applicable.

What funding is available?

You can apply for a loan to cover your tuition fees and a maintenance grant/loan for living expenses. You might also be eligible for additional help from the College Bursary. To check if you are eligible for funding, please go to our Funding for HE Students page.

Which department is this course in?

Department of Creative Arts and Enterprise.

What do I need to bring?

All musicians need their own musical instruments and professional studio headphones. Singers need to bring in their own dynamic mic. Keyboards are supplied.

What else do I need to know?

Our Music Department is comprised of highly skilled and trained lecturers and technicians with extensive commercial and academic experience. Members of the team have engineered for Realworld studios, Air studios, Radio One John Peel Sessions, worked with Massive Attack and Roni Size, worked for EMagic, Steinberg, Digidesign and co-managed Nirvana and the Darkness.

Where can I find out more information?

For advice or more details please telephone 01225 312191 or email info@bathcollege.ac.uk. You may also visit our Student Advice Centre.

How do I apply?

Please apply for this course on the UCAS website.


UCAS code: 4R6C
Institution code: B21


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