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Music Production HND


About the course

UCAS Code: W374 (View this course on UCAS) | UCAS Institution Code: C65

Is it your ambition to work in the music industry? This course, delivered in partnership between the College and Islington Music Workshop (IMW), develops technological, practical and analytical skills for careers in Sound Engineering, Studio and Music Production, Games Sound and Music, and Music and Sound for Film.

  • Experience a professional recording studio and real working practice
  • Use the latest equipment, including 48 Channel SSL Duality Console, SSL AWS948 and SSL Matrix
  • Learn from industry professionals with specialist expertise
  • Benefit from small classes, one-to-one support and a friendly team environment


You need 80 UCAS points from one, or a combination of the following:

  • A Levels in related subjects at Grade C
  • BTEC National or Extended Diploma at MMP
  • BTEC Level 3 National Certificate or Diploma at DM
  • Access to Higher Education qualification (subject related) at Pass

In addition:

  • Portfolio of relevant work
  • 4 GCSEs at Grade C including Maths and English
  • Students for which English is a second language are required to pass the IELTS test achieving a minimum of level 5.5.

Functional Skills Maths and English at Level 2 or Key Skills Application of Number and Communication at Level 2 will be accepted in place of GCSE Maths and English.

Applicants who do not meet these entry requirements will be considered based on equivalent qualifications, previous experience, a College assessment, applicant interview and a portfolio of relevant work.

Overseas qualifications will be assessed on a case by case basis.

You will use the latest specialised studio production facilities, featuring a full range of Solid State Logic Technology: 48 Channel SSL Duality Console, SSL AWS948, and the SSL Matrix. Each individual workstation also includes an SSL Nucleus and Pro Tools and Logic Pro software.

You will learn from a course team of professionals with extensive experience in studio and music production, sound engineering, music and sound for film and multimedia, live and session instrument performance, and musicology. In addition, you will benefit from masterclasses from visiting practitioners, visits to recording studios and record companies, seminars and music events.

Offering lots of support, this course will enable you to develop into a flexible, creative and reflective learner with a range of tangible and transferrable skills, essential to your progression onto university or into employment.

1st Year: Develop core technical skills in the use of key SSL technology: Nucleus, Matrix and AWS948; Explore techniques in a variety of contexts, including games and film sound production and music recording; Develop skills in listening, research and analysis of music and production.

2nd Year: Master the independent use of the SSL Duality studio throughout the production process: Recording, Mixing, Mastering; Extend your technical and creative skills through a major public project; Extend your skills in musicological analysis and evaluation.

Find out more about the course content, aims and outcomes: Download the Course Specification [PDF]


Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week.


You are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and practicals. With small class sizes, you’ll enjoy quality contact time with lecturers, and the attention and support when you need it. In addition, you have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor. Contact time varies between modules, but typically comprises of around 2-3 hours contact per week for each module.

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars and other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities, including the library and HE hubs.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning hours, and assessment activity plus field trips (where relevant), with each credit taken equating to a total study time of around 10 hours. Your actual contact hours may depend on the course you study. An indication of how much time allocated to different activities is included within course specification.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes academics, professional practitioners with industry experience and technical officers.



Set within a professional recording studio and sound production environment, you will work on projects and industry briefs that reflect working practice in the commercial world. Assignments are modelled on activities and processes found in industry. You will be assessed through coursework, project work and written assignments.

On successful completion of the course, you will get a Higher National Diploma in Music Production. You can then apply to further courses at UK universities or find employment in the sector in roles such as Sound Engineer, Music Producer, Composer, Games Sound Designer, Sound Designer for Film, Sound Recordist, Mix Engineer, and Mastering Engineer. Students who successfully pass the HND Music Production course will be granted advanced standing entry to the final year (Level 6) of the University of West London¿s BA (Hons) Music Technology course, run by the London College of Music (LCM). LCM is the largest specialist music and performing arts institution in the UK.

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Chloe Wheeler

Chloe Wheeler

Chloe has studied for an Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production and has thrown herself in to getting involved in Candi Radio. She has interviewed high profile DJ's and College alumni Live on air.

She said: “I really want to work in radio in the future. Getting hands on experience through presenting shows on Candi Radio is really helpful for building confidence and interviewing prestigious DJ's has been a great experience.”

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