HND in Music/Music Production

Course: BTEC HND in Music Production
Code: QHNDL5MUS1/F011H
Location: Hartford Campus
Dates: 18/09/2017 to 25/05/2019
Times: 09.10 to 16.30
Fee: £5995.00
Hours/week: 12.00
Weeks: 30



01606 74444

What is the programme structure?

The first year of the programme covers a range of units from: Music in Context; Creative Arts in Research Skills; Music Composition Techniques; Composing for Film & TV; Managing a Creative Business; Marketing the Creative Arts; Studio Recording & Engineering; Computer Music Composition & Production.

Who is the programme for?

The programme is for those who would like to develop a professional career in the music industry, live sound and recording, broadcast and creative media industries. You will be tutored by industry practitioners, who have the knowledge and expertise to develop, realise and unlock your potential within music performance and music technology, deliver this programme of study.

How long does it take to complete?
2 years of study on a full time basis (2 days a week)

What qualifications do I need?

Students that wish to pursue this course need to have the following: 3 GCSE’s at grade C or above, plus a minimum of 160 UCAS points from the following programmes: BTEC Extended Diploma / Certificate / Award, A/S or A Levels, VCE. Alternatively an NVQ Level 3 or equivalent, or a Pass in an appropriate kite-marked Access to Higher Education course. There is an expectation that candidates will have previously studied music technology or music and have sufficient experiences within this area. As a part of the interview process you will be required to audition (if you sing or play an musical instrument) and/or provide a portfolio of your work that demonstrates your music and technical ability. An academic or vocational reference is also required in order to ensure suitability for this level of study. Students who do not meet the above admission requirements will be considered for entry if they can demonstrate relevant vocational experience, motivation and personal qualities appropriate for the course.

What does it include?

This programme will provide you with a set of core skills and knowledge of music technology and performance. The course will provide necessary insight and experience within running a record label, events promotion, sound and staging logistics, music performance and composition, recording and sequencing technologies as well providing an up to date insight into this creative industry. Furthermore the second year of the course will tailor your learning and skill specialism within music performance or music technology.

The programme will provide you the necessary insight and equip you with skills that are relevant to the music industry, live sound and recording, broadcast and creative media industries.

Are there any special facilities for the programme?
We have a three purpose built recording studios and rehearsal spaces, a MIDI lab and three project spaces for individual/small scale music projects. The music department also shares a purpose built theatre space with full lighting and PA rig with the performing arts department. All the recording studios contain the following, Logic Pro, Pro Tools 9 System, and Allen & Heath GSR24 Console, a variety of outboard and plugin processors, 3 live spaces and a range of high quality microphones and amplifiers. The department has its own in-house record label, Inclusive Records (, providing students with an outlet for their work, and an opportunity to gain hands on experience in organising and promoting a release.

Will there be any extra costs involved?

As a part of the study programme, it is expected for the students to attend the annual Liverpool Sound City Conference (approximate cost £200). This industry conference consists of live music and key speaker events over 3 days as well a chance to network with industry professionals.

Students will be required to provide their own instruments where appropriate and be expected to buy electronic data storage as required.

How is the programme assessed?
This programme will be assessed by a combination of methods e.g. music production portfolios, practical tests, viva examinations, industry presentations and self, peer and tutor assessed assignments.

What award will I achieve?
BTEC Level 5 HND Music Performance or Music Technology (students will achieve the BTEC Level 4 HNC Music at the end of the 1st year)

Examining/Validating Body:
Pearson Edexel

What can I do next?

A key progression for the HND is to a Degree programme, depending on the University chosen this may be direct entry to either the second or third year. Learners may also seek employment within live sound and recording, broadcast and creative media industries

Equal Opportunities:

Mid Cheshire College is committed to the implementation of a policy to achieve equality of opportunity for all staff, students and members of the community it serves. In doing so the College will actively work to achieve equality regardless of age, race, skin colour, disability, gender, marital status, sexuality and faith.

Additional Learning Support is available for HE students who declare a disability or a specific learning difficulty, and who have claimed the Disabled Student Allowance (DSA). See link below for details.

How do I get further information?

Contact the college on 01606 74444 alternatively email

Apply online
For HND in Music/Music Production

All applicants wishing to apply for a Higher Education course at Mid Cheshire College must apply through UCAS – see the link below for help with the application process. Although the deadline is 15th January, we will consider late applications but advise applying by the end of April.

The only exception to this is for those applying for the employer-sponsored HNC/HND Engineering, who can complete the 19+ Application Form which can be downloaded here.

To find out more about the application process and how to write personal statements, follow the resources below.

Do you have any questions?
If there is anything you would still like to know about this course, please don't hesitate to ask us.

Money matters.
Depending upon your circumstances, you may be able to apply for financial support to help you during your studies. Find out more.