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Music Production — Higher National Diploma (HND) Top Up

Media, Journalism and Production|Music and Performing Arts

Course ID: 173212

Course Year: 24/25

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

The Music Production Top-up programme for Higher National Diploma builds upon the foundational knowledge and skills acquired during Level 4 studies. This advanced course aims to further enhance students’ understanding and proficiency in creating and producing music products, with a particular focus on developing commercial skills necessary for success in the digital marketplace using new technologies and concepts.

The curriculum is designed to equip you with a wide range of technical and professional skills that will enhance your employability and pave the way for success in the music industry. With the guidance and support of experienced tutors, you will be able to work towards your career goals and aspirations. Upon completion of this programme, you may choose to progress to the one-year BA (Hons) Music (Top-up) course to further your education and expertise in the field.

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

HND Music (Production) Programme Handbook (2024-25)

This programme is delivered through in-person teaching. Should government guidance or public heath advice change in-year, students will be able to continue their studies with a blend of in-person and remote learning, supported by additional safety measures on campus.

Modules studied:

  • Creative Research Project
  • Advanced Music Production
  • Mixing and Mastering
  • Advanced Sound Design for Interactive Media
  • Advanced Composition Techniques
  • Advanced Sound Engineering
  • A & R

How will I be taught?

Teaching is focused around industry-driven projects and scenarios, enabling students to engage in both collaborative and individual work. Teaching takes place in small groups and seminars, and students have access to professional studios, the innovation studio, the podcast studio, the DJ room and the live sound auditorium.

How will I be assessed?

Through a series of industry-driven projects and scenarios, this course will equip students with a range of creative, commercial and personal skills to give them a competitive edge. The programme is assessed through submission of written essays, reports and a series of project- based practical assessments.

Formative feedback will support student progression in both written work and practical outcomes. Self and peer assessment is an essential element of all projects and the feedback from these will enhance student achievement and progression.

Additional Costs

Students may be required to purchase their own materials for any specialist projects they undertake as part of the course.

Please note: this course will only run when it has a sufficient number of applicants.


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

Students who successfully complete this qualification may continue their studies at The City of Liverpool College University Centre and progress onto the level 6 BA (Hons) Popular Music (Production) (Top-up). Alternatively, graduates may wish to progress directly into employment in their chosen career or study at another higher education provider.

Students can also progress to industry; for example, working with live sound, recording studio work, pre-production skills, podcasts, radio, marketing, running one’s own label, acoustics, management, DAW production skills and work with sound for moving image.

Example careers

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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 for24/25 is 6700.00
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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