Music - Higher National Diploma

The Higher National Diploma 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 HND 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

For full details of available units and pathways please click below.

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
• Critical Music Listening (15 credits) (Level 5)
• Preparation, Process and Production In The Creative Arts (20 credits) (Level 5)
• New Media Technology (15 credits) (Level 5)

Optional Courses (your qualification will be made up with a mixture of the specific unit areas, or from one specific area)
Performance specific
• Planning for public performance (15 credits) (Level 5)
• Keyboard Skills (15 credits) (Level 4)
• Composition In Context (15 credits) (Level 5)
• Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation (15 credits) (Level 5)
• Music Composition and Production (15 credits) (Level 5)

Music Tech specific
• Music Technology (15 credits) (Level 5)
• Music Studio Production (15 credits) (Level 4)
• Sound System Maintenance (15 credits) (Level 4)
• Studio and Facilities Management (15 credits) (Level 4)
• Studio Recording and Engineering (15 credits) (Level 5)

Independent Project
• Project design, implementation and Evaluation (20 credits) (Level 5)

The Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Music (QCF) is a qualification with a minimum of 240 credits of which 70 credits are mandatory core.
The BTEC Level 5 HND programme must contain a minimum of 125 credits at level 5 or above.

Awarding body

Edexcel (Pearson)

Entry requirements

Minimum requirements.

HNC Music

• Audition and 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.