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Music Performance and Production HNC

Course Overview

This exciting and innovative Higher National Certificate in Music Performance and Production aims to offer students the opportunity to develop as artists, produce high quality recordings and performances which will meet local industry needs. There will be opportunities to select specific units in Music Technology and Music Performance enabling you to gain experience in a variety of subject areas. The tutors and lecturers on the course are all involved within the music industry within a wide variety of roles and the course reflects this with many assignments based around standard industry practice and real world scenarios. The course is also designed to keep pace with the ever-changing professional market through the use of industry-standard equipment and the implementation of modern technology (e.g. CDJs, Ableton Live, Logic, Protools, Native Instruments Komplete, etc).


What topics are covered?

The course contains a mixture of level 4 and level 5 units. Some key aspects of the course are:

  • Band rehearsal and live performance
  • Songwriting techniques
  • Studio recording and engineering
  • Music performance skills
  • Composing using technology
  • Live sound engineering
  • 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?

To join the course you will need:

  • 3 A Levels/80+ UCAS Points
  • Five GCSEs at C/4 or above
    including English, maths & music
  • BTEC (ideally graded at least MMP)
  • Successful audition supported by a portfolio of original tracks


Mature and international students will be considered on an individual basis.

What qualifications will I gain?

HNC – Higher National Certificate in Music.

Who is the awarding body?


Who will be my tutor?

James Mather

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.

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. 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.

What can I do after this course?

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

How much does this course cost?

This HNC in Music Performance and Production costs £5500.

What funding is available?

You can apply for a loan to cover your tuition fees and a maintenance grant/loan for living expenses. To check if you are eligible for funding, please go to the Funding for HE Students page.

Which department is this course in?

Department of Business, Music, Media & Performing Arts

Where will I need to go on my first day?

On your first day, please report to the Reception in the Roper Building at City Centre Campus.

What do I need to bring?

All musicians need their own professional studio headphones. Singers need to bring in their own dynamic mic and XLR cable. DJs must bring their own styluses and vinyl/CDs/tracks. MIDI keyboards are supplied. There are fully equipped Logic rooms but it is strongly recommended that students have their own laptops and software to be able to work at home.

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 and worked for EMagic, Steinberg, Digidesign and co-managed Nirvana and the Darkness.
The course runs from September until the end of June.

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?

You can make a direct application for this course by clicking the ‘Apply’ button above. Alternatively, you can apply via the UCAS website.


UCAS code: MUS4
Institution code: B21


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