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Why study this course?

Music at Tresham College is both exciting and challenging. As a practical course, performance is at the heart of your study, in addition to deepening your knowledge and appreciation of other strands of music including composition, critical listening and research. Your musical development is our priority and we will nurture your skills to prepare you for work as a professional musician in the industry.

What will I study?

The course is part of a vibrant and thriving Faculty of Creative Arts and the opportunities for collaboration within these subjects, and others, are endless. You will be surrounded by like-minded creative individuals and highly qualified lecturers.
You will hold performances in a range of external locations: previous gigs have included a performance for charity at The Yards in Kettering Town Centre and headlining at the Wicksteed Park bonfire night celebrations to a crowd in excess of 14,000 people.The course also includes a subsidised trip* to a European City which is linked to an assessed assignment. Previous locations have included Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, Berlin and Edinburgh.*subject to availability

You will study a range of units over both years of the HND, this will include performance (group and solo), composition, critical listening appreciation and a research dissertation. You will follow a specialist work-related programme of study that covers and develops the key knowledge, understanding and practical skills you need to operate professionally within the music industry. Typical modules will include* Performance Studies; Band Rehearsal; Music in Context; Composition Techniques; Song writing techniques; Critical Listening; Improvisation; Composing for Film and TV and Planning for Public Performances.
*Modules may be subject to change

What will I be able to do after I complete this course?

On completion of the course you will be able to pursue a career in the music industry in areas such as performance, production, recording, composition and media. You will also have the option to apply to top up the HND to a full BA Hons degree at a number of universities.

How will I be assessed?

The course is 100% coursework. Assessments vary from performances, presentations, dissertations, composition portfolios and critical appreciation. The course is 60% performance/practical and 40% written.

Are there any additional costs?

Approx. £300-350 to cover investment in your own instrument and maintenance, manuscript, software and external visits to conferences/music exhibitions and/or visits abroad.

Is there anything else I need to know when considering this course?

For students studying on a full time basis, this course is currently two full days a week and provides you with a minimum of 15 hours contact time. There is an expectation that you will complete independent study in addition to this. Regular tutorials and one-to-one sessions are also offered within the programme to further support your study.

Full time applications must be made via, The UCAS code for this course is MP01 for the 1 year HNC and W128 for the 2 year HND. Part time applications can be made directly to Tresham College.

Please note that all students who wish to apply for this course who are non-native English speakers, or have not studied the final two years of school/college in English, must demonstrate capability in English to a standard commensurate to:
-IELTS 5.5, with a minimum of 5.0 being awarded on individual sections
-PTE Academic score of 42 to 49.
Please contact us for further information.