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Have you ever wondered how the music you love to listen to is created? The processes that take place behind the scenes are varied, from capturing audio to creating original computer based music. In this course you’ll explore how music from across a wide range of genres is created, so if you have a passion for music and want to learn how to produce music to a professional standard, then this applied, 1 A Level equivalent qualification is for you!

 You'll need to meet the entry criteria for your chosen pathway and relevant experience will be required.

For further information on the pathways, please click here.

You’ll explore a range of production techniques through topics including:

  • DAW production to produce and manipulate music
  • Mixing and mastering techniques
  • Creative synthesis and sampling
  • Commercial music production
  • Music and sound for media


Educate, Enrich, Enlighten

Studying for an Applied qualification in Music (Digital Production) is an enriching experience. Our teachers are highly qualified and passionate about their subject. HNC is home to professional grade music facilities, including state-of-the-art recording and mixing studios. We also have dedicated practice spaces. Our teachers are experienced musicians and performers who will push you to explore a range of genres and musical styles. Your studies will see you planning and hosting a public music event using our professional standard Performing Arts theatre which features the latest industry standard equipment and lighting.

During assessment you will have the opportunity to showcase instrumental/vocal skills, knowledge of music styles and theory, as well as your ability to plan and work as a group and independently.

You will be encouraged to build on your performance skills through a range of extra-curricular opportunities, from guest workshops to taking part in large scale end of year showcase performances. In past years, our Music (Digital Production) students have:

  • Worked with local primary schools
  • Taken part in music showcase performances
  • Visited BIMM
  • Taken part in guest musician workshops
  • Worked in industry standard music studios using state of the art technology

Assessment is a mixture of coursework and externally verified assessment. Please speak to our Music team for further details.

Gaining an Applied qualification in Music (Digital Production) has allowed our students to progress to a range of related degrees including Music, Music and English, Music Production and Sound Engineering.

This course also supports progression to a wide range of industry based roles such as Commercial Songwriter, working in a recording studio and producing library music, music for radio and music for computer games. You may also wish to study this as part of a wider blended study programme.

News From the Department

Good to Know

The UK music industry contributes £3.5 billion annually to the UK economy. This is made up of: £1.6bn from musicians, composers and songwriters; £634m from recorded music; £662m from live music; £402m from music publishing; £151m from music representatives, and £80m from music producers and recording studios.

Where Are They Now?

Edward Crossland

Music Multimedia and Electronics at the University of Leeds

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