Level Four Higher National Certificate in Music

This course will provide an opportunity to develop the intellectual, creative and technical skills required to be a successful contemporary practitioner in the music industry.

Students will explore a range of recognised music applications integral to the art of songwriting, performing and recording with opportunities throughout the course for performance at a range of venues both locally and regionally; as well as opportunities to develop their artistry to a professional level. This  will take place at the newly refurbished music department based near Hull's town centre. Designed as an artist development course, this provison will offer real opportunities to develop your musical skills with free and extensive use of its  state-of-the -art recording studio complete with its own, in house record label, ERC Academy Records; culminating in the second year with an album being recorded, and the HNC/D band being potentially signed by our label.

The course is naturally aimed at musicians who would like to take the opportunity to extend their skills and an understanding of what is required of them in the music industry today while working on a full-time basis to a recognised higher education qualification.

What will I study?

  • Band rehearsal and performance
  • Instrumental study
  • Songwriting skills incorporating music theory juxtaposed with industry models
  • Creative arts research skills
  • Studio recording and engineering and session musician skills
  • Personal and professional development

For a full list of specific units see programme spec (button on right)

How will I be assessed?

The delivery is entirely modular with no set exams. It is designed to be supportive to the student’s career with targeted projects for practical and academic development. This means you will be assessed in a variety of ways, including written assignments, work-based assignments, work experience, practical assessment, video portfolio development and presentations.

For more information about assessment, including guidance on marking, feedback and plagiarism, please refer the HE Assessment Policy and the programme spec for course-specific information.

How will the course be delivered?

It will be delivered using a mixture of rehearsal workshops and instrumental tuition, lectures, autonomous learning and work-based assessment including Cubase, Sibelius and music performances.

All programmes are led and taught by experienced teaching staff who are vocational specialists.  They are qualified, and often have extensive experience within the industry or the sector being studied. All teaching staff meet or exceed the requirements set by the awarding institute or body.  

Staff profile:  Martin Jones

Martin has a BA in Education and Training and over twenty years experience in the music industry worldwide, including a residency in London’s West End, television work and work as a session musician and live performer.  His research interests include synaptic plasticity in situated cognition and extrinsic motivation and dopamine production within pedagogy. 

Entry requirements

  • Four GCSE passes at grade C or above including English language

or

  • A  level three qualification in an appropriate subject/64 points UCAS tariff

and

  • Successful audition and interview

A typical offer for this course would ask for the entry requirements to be met, however, all offers take individual applicants’ experience and qualifications into account. 

What next?

Level Five HND Music at East Riding College Music Academy, Hull

Additional information

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