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Music Production — Higher National Diploma (HND) Top Up

Media, Journalism and Production|Music and Performing Arts

Course ID: 163216

Course Year: 21/22

Course Details

  • You'll develop a wide range of technical and professional skills to enhance your employability and success.
  • We will help and guide you to achieve your career plans and goals within the industry.
  • 1 year course.
  • Higher National Diploma in Music Production.
  • Progress to higher level education or employment within the music industry.
  • Access support from our professional and dedicated teaching team.
  • Study in our inclusive, friendly and respectful learning environment.

What to expect from the course

Combined with your ambition, drive and talent, the HND in Music Production will further focus on how to create and produce music products, with a strong emphasis on developing a range of commercial skills needed to work with new technology and concepts within the digital marketplace.

On this course you will study the following units:

  • Creative Research Project
  • Advanced Music Production
  • Mixing and Mastering
  • Advanced Sound Design for Interactive Media
  • Advanced Composition Techniques
  • Advanced Sound Engineering
  • A & R (running the College’s record label ‘Soft Scoop’)

Skills and Knowledge Developed:

You'll develop a wide range of technical and professional skills for production, composition, performance with technology, business, and research. You are also supported to develop realistic and achievable career plans to help them reach your goals within the industry.

The programme handbook for this course is available to applicants online:

HND Music Production Programme Handbook (21-22)


Higher National Diploma in Music Production

Why study with us?

Within a few minutes’ walk of Liverpool city centre, students are based at the college’s Arts Centre - a creative hub for students studying music, performing arts, media, journalism, art, fashion and computing. Students have access to professional recording studios, computer suites and rehearsal facilities. Also located on this campus is the college’s Apple Authorised Training Centre for Education (AATCe) and Roland Music Academy.

Student Benefits

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Academy Bakery

The Academy Bakery is located on the Duke Street campus, producing a range of first class baked goods daily. These include artisan breads, patisserie and biscuits, as well as special occasion/novelty cakes by award-winning master-bakers. Students are offered a range of discounts throughout the year.

The Academy Bakery
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Academy Hair and Beauty Salons

Duke Street is also home to The Academy Hair and Beauty salons. They offer generous student discounts on a wide range of hair and beauty treatments, at a fraction of high-street prices. These include styling, cutting, perming, highlights, facials, manicures, electrolysis and traditional and homeopathic massage.

The Academy Salons
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Academy Restaurant

Duke Street campus is also home to the College’s Academy Restaurant. Often referred to by it’s customers as Liverpool’s hidden gem, the restaurant serves top class cuisine, at highly competitive prices. Food is expertly prepared by professional chef/tutors and young chefs in training and offers students a range of discounts at different times of the year.

The Academy Restaurant
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Microsoft Office 365 - Free

When you become a student of the College you’ll receive full access to Microsoft Office 365. This allows you to install the software on your own computer and other devices at home, completely free of charge.

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Onsite Sports Facilities/Fitness Suite

The college has excellent sports and fitness facilities at its Roscoe Street campus. Students pay a one-off membership fee for all year round usage of weekly supervised gym sessions, as well as access to a number of sporting clubs and events.

Career pathways

Upon successful completion of the programme, you can potentially progress onto degree programmes or employment within the industry.

We're here to help...

Contact us to discuss your application or find out more:

 : 0151 252 3000

Entry Requirements

• BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at DMM or above or a minimum of 2 A-levels, including Music, at grade C or above
• Completed HNC in Music Production or equivalent Level 4 certificate of higher education

Being a degree-level programme, you are expected to have a good level of knowledge of music production and, at interview, evidence that you are working towards or already have access to professional music production software/hardware. You must also be able to work with a high level of independence and keep to strict deadlines.

Applicants should hold a total UCAS Tariff points score from relevant qualifications of at least 96 points.

If you are unsure of the entry requirements, or if you don't meet the criteria, please contact our Careers Advice and Guidance team who will be happy to help you find the best option for you. Email or call 0151 252 3607.


This course is only available to learners aged 18 and over. Fees are payable by all students unless sponsored by an employer, but you may qualify for a student loan through Student Finance England towards the cost of your course and living costs. Find out more at, or contact our HE team at

Fee for21/22 is 6568.00
In future years we anticipate increasing this fee in line with the annual inflation level (capped at RPI All Items Excluding Mortgage Interest (RPIX)).

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