Music HND

UCAS code 003W

What is special about this course?

The HND Music course gives you the opportunity to develop practical performance skills that will prepare you for a career in the music industry.
You will build your performance experience as a solo performer and develop the necessary skills to enable you to play as part of a band, performing locally, nationally and internationally.

Special features

  • Opportunities to perform your music locally and further afield
  • Study full- or part-time to suit your personal and professional circumstances
  • Develop your skills on your chosen instrument through one to one lessons with your tutor
  • Develop a range of practical skills including recording techniques, instrumental tuition, session skills and stagecraft

Accommodation

We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.

Entry requirements

Entry to HND Music Year 1 (HNC Music):

  • 1 Scottish Higher at Grade C or above
  • 1 A level at Grade D or above
  • NC Music
  • You will be invited to interview / audition to assess your musical ability

Direct entry to HND Music Year 2:

  • Successful completion of HNC Music plus an interview and audition to assess your musical ability
  • You should have your own instrument and be able to maintain it well. For those who play instruments such as Drums or Piano / Keyboard, these are available on campus at West Highland College
  • We have a fully equipped recording studio and PA system available for use within the music department

Year 1 - HNC

You will study the following units*:

  • Creative industries infrastructure
  • Music theory 1
  • Music: graded unit 1
  • Working in the creative industries
  • Music first study 1: instrument
  • Music first study 1: composition
  • Professional practice for musicians

Option units may include:

  • Keyboard skills for music production
  • Music history 1
  • Songwriting 1
  • Digital audio workstations 1
  • Creative project
  • Music and image: video
  • Music: live performance skills 1
  • Music: second study composition
  • Recording techniques 1
  • Sequencing and programming

Option units available may vary depending on study location, for more information contact your chosen campus

*units are subject to revision

Year 2 - HND

You will study the following units:

  • Music: first study instrument OR Music: first study composition
  • Music: online promotion
  • Music: graded unit 2

Optional units may include:

  • Music: instrumental tuition
  • Music: session skills
  • Music: stagecraft for musicians
  • Digital audio workstations
  • Music: live performance
  • Music: history and analysis
  • Music: theory

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • You will work by way of face-to-face lectures and tutorials in the classroom, plus practical work in the music studio

How long will my course last?


  • Full-time: 2 years @ 40 hours per week (HND only: 1 year @ 40 hours per week)
  • Part-time: 4 years @ 20 hours per week (HND only: 2 years @ 20 hours per week)

Where can I study my course?

  • West Highland College UHI

Start date

  • September
  • January (part-time only)

Fees

For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2018-192019-20
Full-time per year £1,285 £1,285
Part-time (per HN credit) £86 £86

*The Home-Scotland/EU fee rate is set by the Scottish Government and will be confirmed by March 2019.

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2018-192019-20
Full-time per year £6,720 £6,720
Part-time (per HN credit) £448 £448

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2018-192019-20
Full-time per year £6,720 £6,855
Part-time (per HN credit)** £448 £457

*There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international students.

Funding

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant UHI partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have completed this course, you might like to consider a career as a freelance performer, music instructor or a session musician.

Can I progress into further study?

You may wish to consider progression into year 3 of the following courses:

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for Music HND

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2019 or Jan/Feb 2020

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.