• Music and Sound

    Access to HNC Sound Production

  • SCQF Level

    Level 6

  • Attendance/Duration

    Full-time, one year

  • Start Date

    Aug 2023

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If you’re interested in the creative industries and in particular sound production, this course can help you on your way.

For entry to this course you’ll need:

  • A real interest in the music industry or theatre production
  • Three National 5s or equivalent OR a relevant NC course at SCQF Level 5 or equivalent such as Introduction to Sound Production
  • An interview with us

If you don’t have formal qualifications, but have life experience, then we’ll also consider you for a place, so please call us for a chat.

What's Involved

This course develops your technical abilities within an audio environment, with a firm focus on teamwork. You’ll also spend a considerable amount of time working with live sound.

You’ll learn using world class equipment and the latest industry software, such as Pro Tools and Ableton. Your assessments will be based on real-life products in post and music production, in a variety of genres.

Here’s just some of what you’ll be doing:

  • You’ll learn about sound engineering systems and basic public address systems (PAs).
  • You’ll develop skills in studio production techniques, including mic placement and monitoring, as well as studio etiquette and communication.
  • You’ll learn about music programming and virtual instruments, using MIDI software.
  • You’ll develop skills in music production, including pre and post production.
  • You’ll develop skills in audio editing, learning to edit and manipulate sound in a digital format and how to store it, such as via podcasting.
  • You’ll learn about live sound reinforcement systems - otherwise known as PA systems - and practise operating a system for a small-scale event.
  • You’ll develop music business know-how, looking at the key organisations and careers within the UK music industry.

Almost all students as part of their bursary funding, receive a production bundle of equipment including microphones, digital recorders and high end headphones when they join and succeed in this course.

You’ll also build transferable Essential Skills in meaningful contexts to help you become more effective in life, learning, and work. This could be communication, numeracy, ICT, working with others, and problem solving.

Go Anywhere

When you successfully complete this course, you’ll have the choice of:

  • Moving onto HNC Sound Production
  • Moving onto a music related degree course at university such as sound production or post production (editing)
  • Exploring your future career options in the music/sound industry offers a wide variety of careers including: Live Sound/Studio Engineer, Studio/Mix Engineer, Mastering Engineer, Broadcast Sound Recordist, Producer, Freelance Music Producer, Sound Designer, Dubbing Mixer, Sound Editor, Electronic Music Producer, Guitar/Drum Technician, Tour Manager, Event Organiser.


  • Your music, your label - see how Sun Turtle Records can help get your music out there. Click here to read the blog.


  • Be wowed by our End of Year Show - Creative Candy features students from across the department including fashion, music, sound production and performing arts. Click here to watch the video.

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Start Date

Aug 2023

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