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Institution Code: H37
Campus Code: B

This course will develop your musicianship, understanding of music technology and the music business, preparing you for employment in the industry. You will be taught by experienced professionals in state of the art facilities, including professional recording studios and iMac suites, live rehearsal spaces and live venues, including an onsite theatre. You will have opportunities to collaborate on the production of music videos, television shows, gigs, events, film soundtracks and live musical theatre performances. On completing you will have a recognised qualification which provides the option to top up and progress to the final year of a full BA Hons degree at a university.

What can I do next?

The two most common progression pathways upon finishing the HND qualification are to apply for a third year of study at university to top-up your HND qualification to a BA Hons or you can enter the industry and apply for jobs relevant to your area of interest.

What will I be doing?

Year One Modules

  • The Music Industry 
  • Marketing and Promotion for Musicians
  • Professional Development
  • Creative Synthesis
  • Music and Sound for Picture
  • Performance
  • Songwriting
  • Sound Engineering

Year Two Modules

  • Creative Research Project
  • Mixing and Mastering
  • Advanced Performance Skills
  • Creative Portfolio
  • Live Mixing
  • Advanced Composition using Technology
  • Developing as an Artist

** Modules are subject to change **

Added Extras

As a Music HND student at Hertford Regional College you have the fantastic opportunity to engage in a range of different activities to support your studies. These include:

  • Trips and visits to music performances
  • Guest lecturers and networking with industry professionals
  • International Trips
  • Opportunities to form a band and record using facilities at the centre
  • Live performances in collaboration with other courses such as Media or Performing Arts

How will I be assessed?

HND assessment is awarded on a Pass, Merit and Distinction method.

  • Practical Assessment / Performance
  • Creative Digital Material
  • Presentations
  • Portfolio
  • Written Assessment
  • Tutor Observations
  • Industry research

Entry requirements

48 UCAS points generated from a music vocational qualification or A Level. English and Maths requirement grade [4] or [C]. (Resit classes for English and Maths will be arranged alongside your Music HND if requirement is not met).

Additional Entry Requirements
Portfolio of Work

What do I need to bring?

To engage in the full experience of being a HND Music you will need to, have a valid passport that will enable you to attend international locations. From time to time you may also wish to make purchases to support your studies which could include new technology or instruments.

Fee Information

As a university student you can apply for Student Finance England to support you to cover the costs of tuition and maintenance fees. Our current tuition rate is £6,165 (academic year 2022/2023).

Tuition loans from Student Finance are paid directly to the college and maintenance loans are paid to you termly to support your everyday costs of accommodation, travel and leisure.
To find out more about funding visit:

These fees are indicative of the 2021-22 costs and may be subject to change

Further Information

A HND is equal to the first two years of university degree, this means you can top-up your HND with one year of university study to achieve a full degree. It is how a HND is different to university study that makes them so unique. Compared on average to university centres you will:

  • Have more hours of contact on a HND with tutors and specialists, currently it is 14 hours per week compared a much lower number at university which enforces more independent study.
  • You will have a comprehensively devised timetable that ensures your timetable is compressed so that you do not have hours between classes and will be in classes around three days per week.
  • You will be a part of a focused team in smaller classes rather than a number of a large group.
  • You will pay considerable amount less in tuition fees for the same level of academic engagement.
  • You will have a lot of opportunity to focus your study within your units to create work that interests you.


The best way to apply is via UCAS using the course UCAS code: ALTK

If you have any enquiries or require further support and guidance with your application, please email the team directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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