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Higher National Diploma in Music (Artist Development)

In Partnership with – Theatre Royal Wakefield and Long Division

Course Name 
Higher National Diploma in Music (Artist Development)Available for applications
Course Details
Location Wakefield City Campus
Level Level 5
Start Date September/October
Duration 2 years
Mode of Study Full time
Awarding Body Pearson
Offering Code HDL5MUS/MUF1
UCAS Code 113W
UCAS Tariff 64
Progression within Wakefield College Yes
Residential No
Day Trips Yes
Opportunity for Placement No
Mandatory Placement No
Programme Design and Overview

This course has been designed for people who have an interest in popular music and have reached a good standard as a musician. The course provides you with the opportunity to develop current skills, an in-depth knowledge of the industry and the history of popular music.

The programme is designed to provide you with a wide experience of performance styles and techniques, and to give you plenty of opportunities to produce and take part in work for the wider community.

Indicative Content You’ll study 15 units and cover a wide range of topics within popular music. An exploration of the theoretical concepts associated with popular music underpins the practical aspects of the course. Areas studied include music performance, instrumental technique, marketing and promotion, events management, music business and the entrepreneur, composing, song writing, music technology, and studio recording.
Delivery Methods Through practical classes you will develop a wide range of techniques, and other teaching methods include formal lectures, seminars, tutorials and reflective practice.
Nature of Assessments on the Programme Assessment takes place throughout the year and is externally verified.
Entry Requirements

Minimum 64 UCAS tariff points from A Levels or a Level 3 diploma in a related subject.
Those with previous experience or learning that is relevant may be eligible our APL process for accreditation towards this course.

All applicants must complete a satisfactory interview and audition.

Attendance Expectations 2 years, 3 days per week plus evening performances.
Fee Information

These fees relate to 2022/2023

Tuition Fees: £6,950.00 per year.

All eligible full-time Home and EU undergraduate students are entitled to apply for affordable Student Loans and Grants towards their tuition fees. For more information, please visit:

Different fees apply to international/overseas students and those studying this qualification as a standalone course.

Additional Course Costs

The following costs should be used as a guide only.

Printing and photocopying costs: There is no charge for course hand-outs, handbooks etc. Students will receive a printing credit of £10 per annum from the University Centre, after which students will have to pay for extra credits.

Library overdue charges: Overdue charges apply to all library loans to encourage you to return any resources you borrow on time. Overdue charges are 5p per day per book.

There is no charge for e-books rentals.

Graduation Ceremony: When you graduate, we will invite you to your graduation ceremony. It is free for you to attend, however, to take part you will need to pay to hire an academic robe to wear during the ceremony. Details can be found here:

Financial Support Information

The government provides financial assistance to help pay for tuition fees and to help with living costs. To find out more, visit the website at:

We have a strong commitment to widening access to higher education, and to help we have a range of bursaries and scholarships to support eligible students starting a higher education course with us in September. To find out more, email:

For more information on any funding or money matter issues please contact the Financial Support Team. Get in touch on 01924 789283 or email:

Further Study This course is recognised as a qualification in its own right or can be combined with a top-up degree such as our BA (Hons) Performance Industries (Top up) or BA (Hons) Creative Industries (Top-Up) course to obtain a full honours degree.
Career Opportunities

Completion of this qualification can lead on to jobs such as:

• Performer
• Session musician
• Studio engineer
• Songwriter
• Band/tour manager
• Teacher

How to Apply

Please apply through UCAS

Alternatively, contact Course Information on 01924 789111 for an application form.

Admissions Process For details on higher education admissions procedures, please see the 'Admissions Code of Practice' document on the Wakefield College website:
Group Size 10-14
Disability Support Information

We’re committed to a programme of support to ensure that the Equality and Diversity policy is fully effective. We recognise the importance of effective support mechanisms in enabling all students to achieve their potential and will continue to improve provision for students with a disability.

The Additional Support Service is responsible for supporting disabled learners and those with language support needs. The earlier you request support, the quicker it can be provided, so if you know you’ll need support or adjustments, contact us in good time before your course starts. Get in touch on 01924 789120 or email us at:

For Further Details

Please contact Kylie McGurgan on 01924 789871, email or ring Campus Office on 01924 789789.

Alternatively, contact Course Information on 01924 789111.

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Case Study

The transition after being out of the classroom for two years was actually quite smooth and not too daunting.  The classes were all so mixed and we had the opportunity to take part in external performances, which gave us lots of experience.

"The tutors were very approachable and helpful.  Being in smaller classes, I had the chance to sit down with the tutor who would help me to improve on a one-to-one basis.  The support was always there.  The tutors made me believe that I could do anything, and as a result I am now completing my degree at university.

Course Groups (W) Vocational Course
Course Groups (W) Higher Education
Subject Area (W) Music
Client Group (W) 19+
Client Group (W) International
Client Group (W) Higher Education
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Information last amended: 27 June 2022 10:22

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