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HND Music Performance & Technology

For 2020 start

Cornwall College Camborne LEVEL: 5 Music & Performing Arts

Future music industry professionals will require a range of essential creative and personal skills to be successful. Relentless ambition, drive, strong communication skills, entrepreneurial vision coupled with raw talent, makes the developing music professional a formidable prospect. This programme is taught at dBs Music’s premier training centre at Cornwall College Camborne.

As with all dBs Music programmes we help you identify and develop these essential ingredients, so that you can achieve your goals. So if you’re looking to become a performing musician who’s not only looking to write and produce music, but also to push the boundaries of live performance, then this is the programme for you.

During this programme you will develop your essential skills as a musician and composer through individual practice programmes, group performing, masterclasses and tutorials. You will also reflect on your current abilities, develop critical awareness of your skills gaps and create a career plan to launch into the music industry.

Alongside the technical and creative work you will be developing your personal and business skills which include, event management, online business, budgeting and finance management, career strategy, project management, PR and marketing.


Possible Progression (subject to availability) 

– BA (Hons) Music Production (top-up) – final progression top up year with dBs Music, validated by Plymouth Marjon University.


Possible Careers 

– Musician
– Music Producer
– Songwriter
– Live Performance Co-ordinator

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code: 039W
  • Institution codes: CORN C78
  • Awarded by: University of Plymouth
  • Fees: Fees Explained
Entry Requirements

48 UCAS points from AS and A-Levels (at least 32 points must be at A2-level) or relevant level 3 qualification, ie BTEC National Diploma / BTEC Extended Diploma - PPP Grades required (specific unit grades may be requested). Access to HE Diplomas in a relevant subject - 45 credits at level 3 (specific unit grades may be requested). Plus GCSEs at grade C/grade 4 or above in English Language and Mathematics: alternatives at Level 2 may be considered. Mature applicants with relevant experience but without the stated qualifications will be considered individually and are encouraged to apply. An audition or portfolio interview will be required.

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Course Documents

HND – HNC Music Performance & Technology Handbook 2017-18


Indicative Module Year 1

  • Aural Perception & the Principles of Musical Sound
  • Research & Analysis of Musical Genre
  • Band Rehearsal & Performance
  • Planning & Delivering a Live Music Event
  • Studio Recording & Engineering
  • Songwriting Techniques & Skills

Indicative Module Year 2

  • Critical Musical Listening
  • Work Related Experience Interacting with the Music Industry
  • Major Project
  • Music Performance Studies
  • Computer Music Composition & Production
  • Improvisation in Music

*Modules are subject to change and availability



HND Music Performance & Technology

Start Date





2 years full-time

*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility. The Cornwall College Group reserves the right to withdraw any course listed at any time.

Careers advice available

If you are considering an undergraduate programme with us, you may wish to access our free Careers and Employability advice service. This gives you the opportunity to talk with an advisor about career options before, during and after your study with us. To make an appointment, please e-mail: H.E.Advice@cornwall.ac.uk

If you come into the International category (non EU*) and Channel Island (inc. Isle of Man) the tuition fee may vary – click here for full fee information