This course allows you to submerge yourself in music-making and is designed for those with a genuine interest in working in the music industry.

It is equivalent to three A Levels and carries the same UCAS points tariff, so you will not study additional subjects within your core Study Programme.

You will study many aspects of the Music Performance and Music Production Foundation Diplomas with additional units in marketing, promotion, production and performance.

In the second year of the course, you will choose whether you specialise in either performance or production.

This course is focused on building practical skill sets to enable you to work within the industry.

You will be taught in our Aspen Music Centre which was purpose-built for the teaching of Music and features state-of-the-art recording and technology equipment.

You can gain experience working at festivals, putting on a tour, and releasing music.


You will study the following topics:

  • Performance (group and solo)
  • Recording and production techniques
  • Songwriting/composition
  • History of Pop and production through decades
  • Music industry studies
  • Marketing and promotion
  • Events management (including a tour)
  • Sampling and synthesis
  • Live sound.

As a minimum, you will need (or equivalent to);

  • GCSE Mathematics grade 4
  • GCSE English Language or Literature grade 4
  • plus three more GCSEs at grade 4

You will also need to have musical ability (ability to sing/play an instrument), or knowledge of Music software.

This course is assessed through practical portfolio work and research projects.

You will write, record and produce music with a choice of getting assessed on your production, or performance skills.

Previous students have progressed on to Music degrees including at Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. 

Others have:

  • toured as part of professional bands (e.g. October Drift, Last One Home)
  • worked in recording studios (including Abbey Road)
  • gone into Music Management and promotional jobs (e.g. Senior Account Manager at Be-Hookd Digital and Artist Manager)

This course will prepare you to work in all areas of the Music industry. 

What other Musical opportunities are there at Huish?

Visit Music EnRICH to discover the many groups you can join. 

You can also contribute to our musical theatre shows through Perfoming Arts EnRICH

There are opportunities for students to gain valuable work experience at places such as Glastonbury Festival, Tunes in the Dunes, and venues across the South West.