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Institution Code: HERTS H37
Campus Code: B

This exciting two year qualification will allow you to examine the industry from a number of perspectives in state of the art facilities and spaces. You will develop your musicianship, and study appropriate business areas as well as technology. Alongside engaging in credible research in areas of practice offering potential future employment. The HND will develop your ability in music, expression and creativity, to build proficiency in instrumental performance, stagecraft and composition and promote sensitivity in musical presentation. This is a university level course and upon completion you may apply to join the third year at other universities to top-up to a full BA hons Degree. You may also enter the industry with an industry recognised university level qualification at (level 5).

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?

You will be studying a range of music units that will develop your knowledge, skills and performance within the context of the music industry. Units of study for the first year of the HND Music course are:

  • The Music Industry
  • Marketing and Promotion for Musicians
  • Professional Development
  • Recording Technology
  • Creative Synthesis Techniques
  • Composition Using Technology
  • Media Composition

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?

Methods of assessment will vary depending on the unit of study or project you will be working on at the time. For each unit you complete you will be awarded a Pass, Merit or Distinction.

  • Practical Assessment / Performance
  • Presentations
  • Discussions
  • Written Assessment
  • Industry research

Entry requirements?

48 UCAS points from a level 3 subject in Music study or relevant

For mature students you can apply if you have obtained industry experience

18 years of age by the 1st September for the year you are applying for

Recommended grade 4 or C or above in English and Maths (if you have attained lower an opportunity for you to re-sit in adult classes is available)

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 2020/2021).

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 2019-20 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.

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