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Pearson BTEC HND in Music (QCF)

This two year course has been designed to meet the growing demand for skills in the areas of music and music technology and can lead to careers such as a session musician and studio work.

Course Overview

This course has been designed to meet the growing demand for expertise in the areas of music and music technology and can lead to careers such as session musician and studio engineer. The course will be delivered in the new, purpose made building at the Bangor campus of the college and includes facilities such as state of the art recording studios and music rehearsal rooms as well as bespoke performance spaces and high end computer labs.

On this two year programme you will typically spend about a seventeen hours per week engaged in direct study (centred around project based learning) with the emphasis on learning skills current to the music industry with the aim of increasing your employability. Usually there are two or three assessments per module, with students embarking on self directed study that can range from around four to eight hours per week.  With projects geared to giving real-world knowledge, you will get the opportunity to use industry standard equipment such as Pro-Tools and Sibelius while working with practicing professionals from industry.

The course team come from various music backgrounds with each person still active in the industry.  Each lecturer meets the required academic standard as well as having other qualifications.  

You will take several mandatory modules in each year of the programme along with pathway modules depending on your chosen pathway: music performance or music production.  The modules studied concentrate on covering the full spectrum of music performance and production, they may include:


Mandatory modules will include:

  • Critical Music Listening
  • Improvisation in Music
  • Music in Context
  • Music Technology
  • Composing for Film and Television
  • Creative Arts Research Skills
  • Preparation, Process and Production in the Creative Arts

Performance Pathway

  • Arranging
  • Harmony & Composition
  • Music Performance Studies
  • Band Rehearsal and Performance
  • Harmony & Arranging
  • Music Performance Skills
  • Orchestration
  • Song writing Techniques and Skills
  • Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation

Production Pathway:

  • Audio Mastering and Manufacture
  • Principles of Musical Sound
  • Studio Recording and Engineering
  • Applied Production Techniques
  • Computer Music Composition and Production
  • Live Sound for Small Venues
  • Music Studio Production
  • Work Based Experience     
  • Public Performance Technology   
Entry Requirements
Candidates must meet the following criteria:
  • A Minimum of 32 UCAS Points
  • GCSE English and Mathematics at Grade C or above (or equivalent).

You should possess at least one of the following:

  • BTEC Extended Diploma in a relevant area
  • A Level Music and 4 GCSEs at Grade C to include Maths and English
  • Relevant industrial experience
  • Good music performance and/or production skills
  • Provide evidence of ability to undertake the course through the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL). APEL is a process by which you may be awarded credits for learning that you have gained in the past, and which is relevant to the course to which you have applied. It may also help you gain entry to a programme if you do not have the required entry qualifications. This may be certificated or experiential learning.

Other qualifications may be considered.

All applicants will undergo an interview, sit a music theory test, a music technology test and either play a piece of music on their principle instrument (music performance) or present a portfolio of music recordings (music production). 

The interview process will involve an interview and online test.  The outcomes of which, along with the required grades, will determine your successful entry to this programme.

Please note that if the course is oversubscribed additional criteria will be applied.

Where will it take me?

Whether you’re looking for a career change, return to work or boost your career prospects, the HND Music offers a higher education qualification for people of all ages and backgrounds.

Progression to Work

Previous students on this course have gained employment as live sound engineers and successful songwriters as well as establishing their own businesses.  

Progression to Degree

This course has partnerships with QUB and DkIT whereby access to year two of music performance or music technology can be gained with appropriate grades in particular subjects.

The course also has work placement that provides learners with the opportunity to experience the music industry first hand and help establish themselves in a chosen area. This will be facilitated by college with the student choosing the placement provider.

How will it make me more employable?

You will ‘Get the Edge’ by:

  • Gaining a vocational qualification demonstrating your technical competence
  • Gaining a Personal Development qualification demonstrating your employability skills (communication, teamwork, critical thinking)
  • Gaining hands on experience through Industry Projects
  • Getting involved in activities such as the SERC Volunteer Programme and SERC Student Companies
This course will help you succeed in a highly competitive job market by developing the skills and knowledge which employers need you to have.
How will I be assessed and given feedback?

You will be assessed throughout the year by a mix of continuous, practical assessment and time-restricted assignments.  Assessed work will include live performances and portfolios.  Lecturers who are practicing industry specialists will give you insightful feedback after inspecting your work.

There will be a showcase each semester during which you will participate in an event to present your work to both peers and assessors.

Possible grades are as follows:

  • Distinction
  • Merit
  • Pass
  • Not Yet Achieved
Additional Costs
While all major equipment is provided, you will need to provide your own instrument and will probably benefit from a suitable laptop with appropriate software.
The course is provided and regulated by Pearson.

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This course is not currently running on any campuses or is running On Demand. Please contact Customer Services for more information.

During your study, you may need financial support and SERC is here to help. Find out more information on student fees and financial support in the Student Finance section.

Terms & Conditions

Students will be required to comply with SERC's Terms & Conditions of study.

While we endeavour to run all our courses on the advertised day, SERC reserves the right to change the day of week on which the course runs.

In addition to the above Terms & Conditions students must also adhere to the following:

Students are required to:

  • Comply with College Policies and procedures.
  • Submit all coursework and assessments by specified dates, coursework submitted without consent after the deadline shall not normally be accepted.
  • Pass all modules in each year of study in order to proceed to the next year of the programme.

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