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In Short

The BTEC Higher National Diploma in Music is aimed at students wanting to continue their education through applied learning. Higher Nationals provide a wide-ranging study of music and are designed for students who wish to pursue or advance their career in music. In addition to the knowledge, understanding and skills that underpin the study of the music industry, Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in Music give students experience of the breadth and depth of the sector that will prepare them for further study or training.


Holders of the Level 5 Higher National Diploma will have developed a sound understanding of the principles in their field of study and will have learned to apply those principles more widely. They will have learned to evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches to solving problems. They will be able to perform effectively in their chosen field and will have the qualities necessary for employment in situations requiring the exercise of personal responsibility and decision-making.


The Level 5 Higher National Diploma is recognised by Higher Education providers as meeting admission requirements to many relevant Music-related courses



  • Flexible delivery enabling you to work and learn at the same time.
  • Exciting and varied programme of theoretical and practical subjects
  • Specialist staff with industry experience.
  • Excellent facilities and learning environment
  • Opportunities to gain valuable industry experience


Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally be at least 18 years of age. Applications are welcomed from candidates with a subject-specific Level 3 course such as a National Subsidiary/Diploma/Extended    Diploma, A Level, Access to Higher Education Course, or a work-based course, such as NVQ 3 or Advanced Apprenticeship with a minimum 48 UCAS points achieved. International applicants will be required to have an IELTS score of 6 achieved within the last two years to apply for this course.  Mature  students may present a more varied profile of achievement that is likely to include extensive work experience (paid and/or unpaid) and/or achievement of a range of professional qualifications in their work sector.  Applicants will normally be invited for interview

Course Content

The Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND in Music  is a qualification with a minimum of 240 credits from mainly 15 credit units.


Year 1

Mandatory Core Units: The Music Industry; Marketing and Promotion for Musicians (Pearson-set); Professional Development

Specialist Units: The Evolution of the Instrument; Applied Music Theory; Performance; Instrumental Technique

Option Unit: Fundamentals of Composition


Upon successful completion of year 1 full-time students can be awarded a stand-alone HNC Music (Performance).


Year 2

Mandatory Core Unit: Creative Research Project (Pearson-set) (30 credits)

Specialist Units: Musical Direction in Practice; Advanced Performance Skills; Live Arrangement Skills

Option Units: Advanced Music Event Management; Composing to a Brief; Notation and             Transcriptions.


How will I be assessed?

The course is predominantly assessed through the completion of assignment projects. Much of the study will require work outside of formal classes, so self-motivation and good time management skills are essential. As a guideline you are advised that a 15-credit unit approximates to a learning time of 150 hours.



The Level 5 Higher National Diploma is recognised by Higher Education providers as meeting admission requirements to many relevant Music-related courses.  Students should always check the entry requirements for degree programmes at specific Higher Education providers.  For example Southampton Solent offer BA (Hons) Popular Music Performance (Top Up) with an entry requirement of a Merit profile as well as a range of other Music course options.  After completing a BTEC Higher National Certificate or Diploma, students can also progress directly into employment.




The course fees for all students for this course will be £5750 per annum for 2019/20. Details of the student finance available for all higher education students can be found on the student  finance website


Additional Course costs

Include a £20 College parking permit if applicable.



*Note – All costs may be subject to change and may vary dependent on place of purchase.


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