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Neno Jones | HNC Music

I’ve been here since Level 2 and gained a lot of confidence and been able to meet great people and make contacts within the music industry. The student-teacher relationship works very well, and within college, we use the studio, the venue and the booths and The Box theatre for gigs. We also have gigs in Manchester and have a Festival in May so are able to widen our experience.

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Course Overview

This exciting new course has been designed to enable you to develop your performance skills as a Musician or Music Producer, whilst also developing a comprehensive working knowledge of music promotion, publishing, events management, live and studio sound.

The emphasis of the programme is on the application of skills to real life projects, linked to the work of music and events industry partners.

The College has a long and very successful history of developing individuals to work in the music and events industry, with 'graduates' of the College achieving on a national and international stage 20 years after our Level 3 programme began, and ten years after our first degree level Music programmes started.

Our Recording Studio is equipped with a Midas 32 channel console feeding Studio One & ProTools Software, and also tape based analogue recording.

Our Live facilities include: Midas and Yamaha pro digital consoles, feeding 11KW of sound system and 3KW of fold back, all in a self-contained music venue. Our technology suite comprises of totally Mac based individual workstations.

Our four professional rehearsal rooms are equipped with a high standard of backline. You will work with a dynamic and passionate team of lecturers and technicians with a wide range of real music industry experience in live performance, session, live sound, studio engineering, and events management.

The HNC (Level 4) can be completed in one year, the full HND (Level 5) over two years. This course is awarded by Pearson and will take place at the Arts and Media Campus, Beezon Road, Kendal. The course will start in September 2017.

There is an option to complete modules rather than the full qualification.

Student Finance:
Generally, you will only get student finance if you're doing your first higher education qualification. This is true even if your previous course was self-funded. Whether you qualify for student finance depends on certain criteria, please see and our college 'Student Money' pages: For more information, please contact Student Services.

Course units will be delivered through a combination of practical workshops, production & live sound lectures, vocational visits and work experience scenarios.

You will have the opportunity to learn skills in the following areas and modules may include:

- Creative Arts Research Skills
- Music in Context
- Computer Music Systems
- Music Studio Production
- Music Technology
- Studio Recording and Engineering
- Critical Music Listening
- Live Sound for Small Venues
- The Music Business in the 21st Century
- Sound Creation and Manipulation
- Planning for Public Performance

Assessment is from coursework and project work and will contain the following:

- Written assignments
- Practical tasks and project work with a number of sound sources including Live Band work

Entry Requirements

64 UCAS points either through:

- Level 3 Extended Diploma (e.g. UAL or BTEC) (MPP)
- AS/A Levels (with an accompanying portfolio of creative work)

In addition, GCSE grade C or above in both Math and English or equivalent is required.

Applications from mature students are also welcomed who have the appropriate work experience and/or employer references. All applicants who are non-native English speakers or who have not studied the final two years of school in English must have an IELTS score of level 5.5 or above with a minimum of 5.0 for individual sections.

You will be asked to attend a formal 1:1 interview with a course tutor, who will assess your individual competence and skills in relation to different aspects of Music.

You will also be asked for some written work so that your academic written level can be assessed.

Applications for this course:

Please apply via UCAS -

Student Finance:
Generally, you will only get student finance if you're doing your first higher education qualification. This is true even if your previous course was self-funded. Whether you qualify for student finance depends on certain criteria, please see and our college 'Student Money' pages:

After Your Course

This course is specifically designed to prepare students with the knowledge, skills and experience they need to begin a career in the music and sound industry, or alternatively to progress on to the final year of a relevant degree course.
Our highly qualified and experienced teaching team, have a wealth of industry experience, expertise and industry contacts. They will provide on-going support, and identify work experience and placement opportunities outside of the College, as they occur.



Course fees are per year. The current fee information is related to the 2018/19 academic year and is subject to change before the start of the course. Fees for 2019/20 will be updated in the Spring Term. There may also be additional costs associated with the course.

This course is funded by the government and may be free if you are:

  • Aged 16-18 on 31/08/18
  • Aged 19-23 on an Entry Level or Level 1 course with intent to progress to a Level 2 course
  • Aged 19-23 on your first full Level 2 or Level 3 course
  • Aged 19-23 on your first Level 4 course (if you haven’t already got a Level 3 qualification)
  • Aged 19+ on Functions Skills or GCSE English or Maths
  • Unemployed and in receipt of JSA/ESA(WRAG)/Universal Credit or another eligible state benefit
  • Member of a low income household & in financial hardship on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course


Kendal College Music Department provides the ideal balance of music performance and technology. A modern working musician needs a unique set of skills to support their creative outlets.

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