Music - Higher National Certificate

The Higher National Certificate in Music is taught via The Miskin Theatre at North Kent College, which has a unique and pioneering approach to training. We understand that many of our Musicians intend to make a career in the arts, entertainment and communications industries. This progression is encouraged, through universities or employment within the industry.

The HNC Musicians further enhance and hone their skills through a year of intensive training. This will encompass both the practical and technological with projects involving performance techniques, audio production, events organisation and music research assignments. The participants will be expected to be able to work independently to professional standards in state of the art recording studios and rehearsal studios. We pride ourselves on putting out high quality performances and recordings.

As a company member you’ll develop your skills as a performer, producer, organise your own gigs as well as developing your instrumental skills and musical knowledge

Aims of programme

• To provide you with knowledge of the fundamental aspects of music and music technology

• To enable you to develop practical skills in music performance and technology

• To focus on the knowledge, skills and understanding required to support learning in a range of vocational settings

• To enable you to develop the necessary professional skills through a range of real life musical situations

• To develop the personal, employability, critical and transferable skills to work effectively across a variety of music industry settings

• To provide you with an opportunity to create a professional portfolio of both performance and recording work

Programme contents

Compulsory Courses
Music in Context (15 credits) (Level 4)

Optional Courses (your qualification will be made up with a mixture of the specific unit areas, or from one specific area to total 120 credits)
Performance specific
Aural Perception (15 credits) (Level 4)
Music Composition Techniques (15 credits) (Level 4)
Harmony and Composition (15 credits) (Level 4)
Keyboard Skills (15 credits) (Level 4)
Music Performance studies (15 credits) (Level 4)

Music Tech specific
Accessible Music Technology (15 credits) (Level 4)
Computer Music Systems (15 credits) (Level 4)
Music Production Analysis (15 credits) (Level 4)
Music Technology (15 credits) (Level 4)
Studio Recording and Engineering (15 credits) (Level 4)

Awarding body

Edexcel (Pearson)

Entry requirements

Students under 21:

48 UCAS points

We also accept equivalent qualifications, including:

. BTEC/National Diploma
. International Baccalaureate
. Advanced & Progression Diplomas
. Access courses

Plus: GCSE English language & Maths with a minimum of grade C/4 or recognised equivalent are required

Students over 21:

If you do not have the above UCAS for GCSE requirements but have appropriate experience, specific knowledge or industry-based qualifications, your application will be welcomed & still considered.

In addition to all of the above students will be expected to attend an audition & interview

Progression / Careers

Session Musician, Sound Engineer, Composer for Film & TV



Modes of assessment

A range of assessment methods will be used to encourage and develop your skills during the course. These include but are not exclusively include the following; Peer review, taught/directed study, formal written assessment, workshop/practical observation, self-directed independent study, assessment of specific skills (for example ICT skills, production skills, research skills and skills of application).

Additional information


This information may be subject to change without prior notice.

Timetables are normally available one week before registration. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week.