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Are you an aspiring musician or vocalist and want to hone your technical and performance skills by working on your solo performances and as part of a band? Our Applied Music Performance course (equivalent to 1 A Level), will see you exploring a wide range of techniques, from song writing to musical arrangement, and you will be supported to develop your technical skills in relation to specialist musical equipment and production. This is a perfect course to help you stretch and challenge your musical skills and abilities, and help you to become a confident and engaging performer.

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 music genres and techniques through topics including:

  • Practical music theory and harmony
  • Professional practice in the music industry
  • Ensemble music performance
  • Music performance session styles
  • Popular music (50s - modern day)


Educate, Enrich, Enlighten

Studying for an Applied qualification in Music Performance is an enriching experience. Our teachers are highly qualified and passionate about their subject. You will have access to an iMac computer suite running the latest industry standard software, as well as a multi-track recording studio with live space and a vocal booth.

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.

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.

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 Performance 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 via examination and coursework. Please speak to our Music team for further details.

Gaining a qualification in Music Performance has allowed our students to progress to a range of related degrees including Music and Music and English.

This course also supports progression to a wide range of industry based roles such as Commercial Songwriter, work in a Recording Studio and producing library music, music for radio and music for computer games!

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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.

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