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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

If you are 19 or over on 31st 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 approx. £2000 tuition fee for a Level 1 qualification, approx. £2000 tutition fee for a Level 2 qualification and approx. £7300 for a Level 3 Music 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 approx. £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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