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This course 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.

It offers you the chance to completely submerge yourself into every aspect of music making. The course is designed for those with a genuine interest in working in the music industry as a performer or producer, or in fact any area of the industry.

You will study many aspects of the Popular Music and Music Production Foundation Diplomas with additional units in marketing, promotion, production and performance. In the second year of the course when you have studied both pathways, 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. During your time here, you will have the opportunity to get hands on experience from working at a number of festivals to putting on your own tour and releasing music! You will write, record and produce music in the state of the art studios with a choice of getting assessed on your production, or performance skills. Our Aspen Music Centre was purpose built for the teaching of Music; find our more about our facilities in our music enrichment section and on our 360º virtual tour.


On this course 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

You will need (or equivalent to);

  • GCSE Mathematics grade 4/C or above
  • GCSE English Language or Literature grade 4/C or above
  • plus three more GCSEs grade 4/C or above
  • musical ability (ability to sing/play an instrument) or knowledge of Music software.

This course is assessed through practical portfolio work and research projects. There are no externally assessed examinations in this qualification.

You will gain a wide range of skills to be able to go on to any aspect of the Music Industry.

Previous students have gone on to work in recording studios (including Abbey Road!), joined professional bands and gone on tour (October Drift, Last One Home), gone into Music Management and Promotional jobs (Senior Account Manager at Be-Hookd Digital and Artist Manager,) the list goes on…

What other Musical opportunities are there at Huish?

You are encouraged to get involved with Music enrichment activities, there are plenty of opportunities with groups such as Big Band, Choir, Rock Choir, Guitar Group, Folk Group, Samba Band and  Jazz Combo to name just a few. You can also support the large scale, musical theatre shows through Perfoming Arts enrichment

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.

I chose this course because I am a very keen songwriter and producer and I hoped it would provide enough insight into the different areas of the Music industry to help guide me to focus and specialise in a particular area, to go on and study at university and pursue as a career. This course has definitely provided me with a lot of experience and knowledge, surrounding that, and at the same time has been a lot of fun.

The Music department is great at running trips – in particular, visiting professional recording studios, such as Muddy Road Studios which we have had the chance to go to and record performances and songs. The industry lectures, given by professionals, such as PRS (The Performing Rights Society) and artist managers, have also been extremely beneficial.

The support I have received in developing my experience as a songwriter and my artist project, ‘saferinthecity’, has also been rewarding, haven been given a range of opportunities to perform live at different events, share and collaborate with others and to flesh out my initial ideas, in both a recorded and live setting. If you’re certain you want to pursue a career in something music-related, I would highly recommend this course, as it has a useful focus on creating a career realistically, as a freelancer and musician in the industry.


Harry Paynter, Pop Music and Music Production student – Class of 2021, now studying at Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts.