When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Course Code W23MPPN02A
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

Music is very closely tied to our history and tradition at Morley, from our connections to classical composers Gustav Holst, Michael Tippett and Ralph Vaughan Williams, to our well-established choirs, jazz bands and orchestra. We also have excellent studio facilities including an SSL-based recording studio, so whether your interests lie in music production or performance, we have your needs covered., , You'll benefit from our rich and diverse music culture through participation in a wide range of activities such as workshops, ensembles and concerts, as well as exciting opportunities to visit festivals and gigs backstage to get a feel for the production of shows. You'll learn in small groups through both classroom teaching and practical projects using industry-standard equipment, with guidance from industry professionals. We’ll help you find your greatest musical passion and prepare you for a career in the music industry of today and tomorrow., , The course is modular, allowing some individual choice so you can customise your own journey. Course activities include technical work such as studio production, sound design, live sound, and composition for film. You'll cover musical elements including aural training, composition, song writing, and solo and band performance. Finally, you'll also put into practice principles of music business, marketing, and events management, so whatever your musical life may throw at you, you can do it with confidence.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • play, produce, and record music in a variety of contemporary musical styles
  • develop and apply technical and musical language to your own work and that of others
  • understand and apply rehearsal, performance and studio techniques
  • work effectively with others in performances and recording sessions
  • make use of a wide range of music production software such as Logic Pro, Ableton, Sibelius, etc
  • complete a portfolio of recordings, performances, and/or compositions

On successful completion of the course, you will achieve the following qualification: BTEC Higher National Certificate in Music [EDEXCEL]

Class format and activities

• The course will involve a range of teaching sessions, including seminars, lectures, group discussions and tutorials,• Regular lessons will be enriched further by workshops by industry professionals; previous guests have included Mark Lettieri, Joel Cadbury, and multi-Grammy Award winning band Snarky Puppy as well as Peter Jenner (Pink Floyd) and Steve Cheney (Glastonbury, Latuitude),• You will work on practical real life projects to develop your music performance or production skills,• Lessons will involve both individual and group practical work,• Opportunities to take part/assist in public performances will be available throughout the year.

Entry requirements

We welcome applications from anyone who feels that they are capable of reaching the standards required by the qualification., , We appreciate that mature students may have extensive experience, including experience gained through paid or unpaid work or through other types of professional training or sector related opportunities., , If you have recently been in education it is likely that one of the following will provide a suitable entry profile:, ,• a relevant level 3 qualification,• a GCE profile that indicates strong performance in a relevant subject,• an Access to Higher Education Certificate

What you need to know before you enrol

The HNC is one year course, with lessons three days per week. The College has a range of specialist resources to support the delivery of the programme, including a state-of-the-art recording studio, music technology suite and rehearsal rooms. You will also have access to computers, scanners and printers in the College’s learning centre. You will be assessed through graded practical and written coursework.

What you need

You will need access to a laptop or PC. For those in the Music Production pathway, it is recommended that you have access to Logic Pro, Ableton or similar to be able to complete the assigned work. Performers will need to provide their own instruments, though keyboards, drum kits, microphones and amplification equipment are provided by the College. You will also need to bring storage devices (USB sticks or hard drives) to store your projects, music or sessions. Relevant text books, sheet music and materials will be required for the course; your tutor will provide you with full details. Please refer to the student handbook for further information.

What you can do next

An HNC is recognised as equivalent to the first year of a Bachelor’s degree, and many universities will accept it as credit towards a top-up degree programme. It is also a respected professional qualification in its own right, so you could progress to a range of careers in the music industry or move into teaching or self-employment.


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