Music Performance and Production HNC/HND



The Music Performance and Production HNC/HND is aimed at students wanting to continue their education through applied learning. The highly practical nature of the course will appeal to students wanting to improve their vocational skills, giving ample room for specialisation while retaining the broader contextual knowledge needed to interface with the wider music industry. As such the course contains both performance and production elements delivered by lecturers who are themselves accomplished music industry practitioners. This is all aimed to give students the confidence and ability to produce and market their creative work at a professional standard.

As part of our work ready guarantee you will have the opportunity to embed a range of employability-related knowledge and skills specific to careers within the music industry. These are embedded throughout the units in the qualification, and include core digital music production skills, performance training to professional standards, working as a team, transferrable digital media skills in line with local and national needs.

Work experience is fundamental in the development of effective professional practice, learning and progression in this sector, therefore real-world work opportunities are given throughout the course such as public performance in shows and the production, release and promotion of original material. To support this, students will be required to produce a professional portfolio to showcase their best work, which will act as a music industry calling card for their skills.


DISCLAIMER: NCG (the institution which Kidderminster College belongs to) is currently undergoing Indefinite Degree Awarding Powers assessment. Read more about what this means about our offer here

  • What will be studied

    Year 1 Level 4 (120 Credits)



    • Professional Development (PRD100) -10 Credits
    • Academic Study Skills (ACS100) -10 Credits
    • General Musicianship (GM100) - 20 Credits
    • Production Analysis (PA100) - 20 Credits
    • Work Related Learning (WRL100) -20 Credits


    • Technical Studies (STUD100) - 20 Credits
    • Ensemble Skills (ENS100) - 20 Credits


    • Introduction to Synthesis and Sound Design (ISD100) - 20 Credits
    • Electronic Music Techniques (EMT100) - 20 Credits


    Year 2 Level 5 (120 Credits)


    • Professional Development 2 (PFD200) - 20 Credits
    • Compositional Portfolio (COMP200) - 30 Credits
    • Artist Study (ART200) - 10 Credits
    • Work Base Learning 2 (WKL200) -20 Credits


    • Advanced Technical Studies (ATS200) - 20 Credits
    • Professional Performance (PROP200) - 20 Credits


    • Remixing (RMX200) - 20 Credits
    • Modular Synthesis (MS200) - 20 Credits


    Students will have the option to complete year 1 to achieve a CertHE.

    Part time students will be able to complete the Level 4 modules over 2 years and the Level 5 over 4 years, i.e. 60 credits per year.

  • What are the entry requirements?

    A minimum of 64 UCAS Tariff points plus at least 5 GCSEs at Grades A-C including English and maths.

    Mature applicants (21 years and above) with suitable background or experience may be accepted without formal qualifications, subject to interview. English GSCE is a requirement for all students.

  • What qualifications will be gained?

    Foundation Degree in Music Performance and Production

  • How will this course be delivered?

    You'll attend Kidderminster College for 12 hours a week, with the opportunity to attend master classes as well as vocational experience in performance and live sound production for the Kidderminster College music shows.

  • How to get a place?

    You can apply to the programme via Kidderminster College website:

    HE Applications Form - Kidderminster College

    To speak to a colleague from the team, ring Student Services: 01562 820811

  • Other Information:

    Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, USB memory sticks/external hard drives, stationery, printing and photocopying.

    DBS: You will require an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Certificate which costs £50. You must then join the DBS update service which costs £13 a year. This will enable you to change placements during your course without incurring any delay or further DBS costs.

    Uniform: Students will be required to wear a branded college polo shirt and fleece jacket in placement. This has an approximate cost of £30.

    It's important that you know what your tuition fee includes and what other costs you'll need to plan for. Read what your fee includes here.


Start Date : September 2023 End Date : July 2025 Fee : £9250 per year
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£9250 per year

Duration : 2 Years
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