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This course is an introduction to many different skills for those who want to explore their interest and gain experience in one or more of the following subjects: Music, Media, Performing and Production Arts. The course is designed as a pathway towards higher level study in any one of these areas, and can be a first step towards a career in the creative industries, a growing sector that is worth £10 million an hour in the UK.

  • As a Music, Media, Performing and Production Arts student, you'll have an opportunity to gain some work experience being involved with working on live briefs.
  • Our students are exposed to a variety of production environments including external locations.
  • You will experience both the planning and production across a range of music performance and production projects.
  • HRC students are well-known for producing a high standard of work, which meet the requirements of industry.
  • We are proud to be in the top 10 colleges for student achievement in Creative Arts for learners aged 16 to 18 in the past 2 years.

Career Destinations

  • Musician
  • Theatre Lighting or Sound technician
  • Camera Operator
  • Video or Audio Editor
  • Image Editor/Photographer

What can I do next?

On successful completion of your Level 1 you can progress on to a Level 2 course. This can be in Media, Music, Performing or Production Arts, or another subject area.

What will I be doing?

  • Learn to produce music in a professional recording studio
  • Learn to shoot and edit video footage using professional cameras and software on Apple Mac computers
  • Learn about staging performances including lighting and technical support
  • Project-based learning that combines all of the above skills into single assignments
  • Develop your teamwork and communication skills

Added Extras

There will be educational trips and enrichment activities relating to your study area. You'll have the opportunity to book equipment for independent projects.

How will I be assessed?

Producing coursework assignments, both as a part of groups and individually

Entry requirements?

You will have an interest in one or more of the creative subjects: Media, Music and/or Performing Arts. This could include an interest in any of the following: film-making, video recording, video editing, music performance, music production, acting, dance, technical sound and lighting.

This course is potentially a stepping stone on to further study of a specific subject at Level 2 and beyond.

What do I need to bring?

There is a small cost for essential course equipment, and for optional trips that take place during the year. The cost for equipment is not expected to exceed £90, and financial support is available if required.

Fee Information

If you are 19 or over on 31 August 2020, have been a permanent resident in the EU for the last 3 years and are a fee-paying new entrant, you will pay approximately £2000 tuition fee for a Level 1 qualification, approximately £2000 tutition fee for a Level 2 qualification and approximately £4800 for a Level 3 qualification (these were the fees for 2019/20 and could be subject to change for 2020/21).

Fee paying students continuing on the same course for a second year will be charged £2000 tuition fee for a Level 2 qualification and approximately £8500 for a Level 3 qualification (these were the fees for 2019/20 and could be subject to change for 2020/21).

If you are aged 19-23 you may also be entitled to free training if the course you choose is your first full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification. You may also be required to pay an administration fee, exam fees and an Awarding Body Registration fee if applicable.

For these costs please contact our Information Centre on 01992 411411 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

These fees are indicative of the 2019-20 costs and may be subject to change

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