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Music Performance – HND Diploma (Year 1 of 2)

This course is for any musicians or producers wanting to increase their skills throughout music and in their chosen specialism. This programme takes you through the first two years of a degree for the fraction of the cost. As well as your specialism, you will learn all about the industry and how to survive it in the 21st century. The HND Music Performance course will focus on the performance side of the industry. We also offer an HND in Music Production.

Entry Requirements

You will normally have achieved one of the following:

– A BTEC Extended Diploma in Music Practice, Music Technology, or related Performing Arts. A DDM Profile is preferred, but students achieving close to this will be interviewed.

– At least two A level passes, including Music or a related title

– Mature candidates are welcome but must have a proven interest in music

– A working knowledge of theory, equivalent to a grade 3 level.

– Performance students will be auditioned.

The minimum age for entry will normally be 18 years of age. Entry is based on fulfilling one of the above criteria plus an interview and audition (performance). All applications must go through UCAS.

Course Content

You will cover 18 units in two years in a series of practical and theoretical subjects. Performance students will learn songwriting and performance skills, as well as recording, management, sound for film and television and teaching. There will be opportunities to learn more about aspects of music of your choice through music in context and a year two research project.

Intended learning outcomes and aims of the programme

This qualification has been designed by Edexcel (Pearsons) and is in line with the QCF and relevant FHEQ benchmarks.

Edexcel BTEC Higher Nationals are designed to provide a specialist vocational programme, linked to professional body requirements and National Occupational Standards where appropriate.

They offer a strong, sector-related emphasis on practical skills development alongside the development of requisite knowledge and understanding.

The qualifications provide a thorough grounding in the key concepts and practical skills required in their sector and their national recognition by employers allows direct progression to employment.

A key progression path for Edexcel BTEC HND learners is to the second or (usually) the third year of a degree or honours degree programme, depending on the match of the Edexcel BTEC Higher National units to the degree programme in question.

Programme structure and requirements

The Edexcel BTEC Level 5 HND in Music provides opportunities for learners to apply their knowledge and practical skills in the workplace. Full-time learners have the opportunity to do this through formal work placements or part-time employment experience.

The qualification prepares learners for employment in the music sector and will be suitable for learners who have already decided that they wish to enter this area of work. Some adult learners may wish to make the commitment required by this qualification in order to enter a specialist area of employment in music or progress into higher education. Other learners may want to extend the specialism that they followed on the Edexcel BTEC Level 4 HNC programme.

Progression from this qualification may well be into or within employment in the music sector.

Learners studying the Edexcel BTEC Level 5 HND in Music will be able to progress into employment in the music industry or continue with their studies at level 6.

The Edexcel BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Music is designed to:

• equip individuals with knowledge, understanding and skills for success in employment in the music industry

• enable progression to an undergraduate degree or further professional qualification in music

• provide opportunities for specialist study relevant to individual vocations and contexts

• support individuals employed or entering employment in the performing arts and cultural industry

• develop the individual’s ability in the performing arts industry through effective use and combination of the knowledge and skills gained in different parts of the programme

• develop a range of skills and techniques, personal qualities and attributes essential for successful performance in working life and thereby enable learners to make an immediate contribution to employment

• provide flexibility, knowledge, skills and motivation as a basis for future studies and career development in music.

How will I be taught?

You will work closely with a highly qualified team from both academic and industry-based backgrounds. The course will be delivered in a variety of learning situations, lectures, one-to-one tuition, group rehearsals, tutorials and workshops with a focus on independent learning development.

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How will I be assessed?

The HND is graded by continual assessment. You will be given grades for coursework, performances and participation events. You will be required to keep a coursework file and are also expected to participate in visits to venues, gigs, workshops and student performances.

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What qualifications will I get?

The course leads to a BTEC HND Diploma in Music (Performance) and is a Level 4 and 5 (Degree Level) course.

What will it allow me to do in the future?

You are able to progress on to a university degree from this course and in most instances can ‘top up’ by doing one or two more years to gain a full degree, but typical career paths include working with or in professional bands, with artists in studios in promotion, event management, working within or setting up your own recording company, songs or jingle writing or teaching.

Course Information

Fees are payable for this course, which can be paid in instalments. Amount on application.
The College has no residential student accommodation and students normally make their own arrangements as regards where they live.

Application process: All applications must be made via the UCAS website. The following information will be required for completing this form.

Centre Code: 10005979

Course Code: 503W

Centre Name: South Downs College

If you would like further advice or guidance please contact Customer Services and Reception on 023 9279 7979.


Further Information

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HNC/HND/Foundation Degree

If you would like to apply for a Higher Education course, you will be required to pay the advertised fees in full. To help pay for these fees you may be entitled to a government approved Student Loan. You would need to apply to Student Finance England directly to receive this.

Whether you qualify for student finance depends on:

  • Your course of study (if you’ve studied a higher education course before)
  • Your age
  • Your nationality or residency status.

Generally, you’ll only get student finance if you’re doing your first higher education qualification. This is true even if your previous course was self-funded. To receive Tuition Fee Loans or grants, you will have to be under the age of 60 years at the start of the course.

The course must be one of the following to be eligible for the loan:

  • a Foundation Degree (FdA)
  • a Certificate of Higher Education (Cert Ed)
  • a Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE)
  • a Higher National Certificate (HNC)
  • a Higher National Diploma (HND)
  • a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE)
  • Initial Teacher Training

Most full-time and part-time students can apply online to Student Finance England as follows:

  1. Set up a student finance account online.
  2. Log in and complete the online application.
  3. Include details of your household income and ask your parents (or partner) to support your application, if needed.
  4. Send in proof of identity, if required.
  5. Sign and return the loan declaration, which you should receive within six weeks.

For more information on courses or the Student Loan please contact our Admissions Team on 023 9279 4662 or 023 9279 7910.

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