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Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Music

Course Code: C5156
Campus: Millfield
Week Commencing: 10 Sep 18
18/19 Academic Year End Date:
08 Jun 19
This HND in Music has been designed for performing musicians in order to equip them with all the tools necessary to develop in this ever increasing digital industry. This two year course will enable you to develop skills in a wide range of musical areas such as performance, composition, studio engineering, as well as exploring a wide variety of relevant historical and theoretical aspects of music. You will have the opportunity to frequently perform work that is open to the public, in both College facilities and in well-known venues around Belfast. You will undertake student-devised and student-run projects e.g. preparing for and running a series of gigs; setting up and running a record label.  
Core mandatory units will include: the music industry, marketing and promotion for musicians, professional development and a creative research project. 
This programme of study is likely to include enrichment units which are an additional component to enhance your employability
This course session is currently in Clearing – please attend our Clearing day on Wednesday 22nd August to enrol. Please refer to our clearing page for information on what you need to bring with you. 

Entry Requirements

Requirements are pre-defined by the College’s admissions criteria. The minimum tariff accepted for admission to this course in 2018-19 is 80 tariff points to include one or more of the following:  
• A Level Music at Grades A*- C • AS Level Music at Grade A or • Grade 6 (or higher) Practical in any instrument or voice • Grade 5 Theory of Music • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music with DMM or above • BTEC Level 3 90-Credit Diploma in Music with DM or above.  Those without the above qualifications can apply using the College's APEL process.

If you possess what you believe to be an equivalent qualification to one of those listed, please speak to the course co-ordinator


Tuition Fee


Fees relate to year 1 of a 2 year course.

All fees are set in accordance with DfE regulations.

Important Information

On successful completion students will be awarded Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma in Music Production.
Successful students can pursue a career in the world of live music performance, peripatetic or classroom music teaching, the recording industry, music publishing, music management, radio, television and entertainment.  There is also a progression route into year two of the BMus (Hons) Degree programme at Queen’s University Belfast for those attaining the required grades.

Additional costs

Course Enrichment fund £25. Books: approximately £120.   Students will be expected to provide their own instruments.  

All fees are set in accordance with Department for Employment and learning regulations

Contact Information

Tel: 028 9026 5335 / 5321 or  email: [email protected]