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Learn production skills and perform in a state-of-the-art live venue at our Broxbourne campus. With professional recording studios, a DJ suite, vocal booth and rehearsal spaces, plus tutors with industry experience, you'll be prepared for your career in the fastest growing industry sector in the UK.

What makes Performing & Production Arts at HRC special?

  • As a Music Performance and Production student, you'll gain vital work experience including working on matinées and evening performances at both the Michael Morpurgo Theatre and other local theatres
  • Our Performing Arts students regularly tour local schools with productions and have previously visited Princess Alexandra Hospital to entertain the children's ward
  • You will experience the production aspects of producing a performance, working behind the scenes to plan and deliver a show
  • HRC students are well-known for putting on outstanding shows, being recognised by award-winning writer, Michael Morpurgo as having "wonderful talent"
  • We are proud to be in the Top 25 colleges for student achievement in Performing Arts and Music for learners aged 16 to 18 (2018)

What do our students say?
"The course has taught me new skills and showed me strengths I didn't know I had."
"The course itself was fantastic; I felt challenged but knew help was there if I needed it."

Career Destinations

We're proud that our students go onto careers including:

  • Producers
  • Musicians
  • DJs
  • Singers
  • Music Tutors

What can I do next?

After you have successfully completed this course, you can choose to:

  • Take on our Music Performance and Production Level 3 course

What will I be doing?

  • Develop music production skills on Apple Macs using Logic Pro
  • Develop studio recording techniques
  • Develop your performance skills on a musical instrument or voice
  • Learn about the music industry and careers within it
  • Learn about music theory and composition skills
  • Learn how to control live sound in a music venue

Added Extras

  • There will be trips to industry events and live shows/concerts
  • Live performances in and out of college
  • You may continue studying English and/or maths
  • You will undertake work-related experience

How will I be assessed?

You will produce a portfolio of coursework including a mixture of practical demonstration, web content production and assignments, leading to a final major project in your chosen area of interest at the end of the year

Entry requirements

  • An interest in music and studio recording
  • At least four GCSEs at grade D or equivalent (grade 3) or Level 1 course at Merit grade

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

Free to Home students under 19 on 31st August 2023.
If you are a Home student aged 19 or over on the 31st August 2023, you may be liable to pay approximately £2,500 tuition fee for a Level 2 qualification and approximately £5,000 for a Level 3 qualification (these were the tuition fees for 2022/2023 and could be subject to change for 2023/2024).

If you are aged 19-23 you may also be entitled to free tuition if the course you choose is on a government-approved list and the qualification is your first full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification.

If you are aged over 24 and you have not achieved a full Level 3 qualification you may be entitled to free tuition if the qualification is listed on the Government Free courses for jobs list. Similarly, if you already hold a Level 3 qualification (or above) and meet the Adult Education Budgets definition of unemployed or are in receipt of low wage, you may also be entitled to free tuition.

You may also be required to pay an administration fee, exam fees, kit fee and an Awarding Body Registration fee if applicable.

These fees are indicative of the 2024-25 costs and may be subject to change

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