FD Music Performance & Production (1)

Start Date
Course Course
Performing Arts and Music
Hillsborough Campus

About this Course

Validated by The University of Hull, our Music Performance and Production Foundation Degree course will provide you an opportunity to develop detailed specialist knowledge in music performance and production, with a focus on entrepreneurship and entering the music industry. With strong links to employers in the creative industries, and opportunities for extensive experience of performance, the programme develops specialist knowledge and skills, appropriate transferable skills, self-awareness and the capacity to engage in reflective practice. The range of modules provides a starting point for a range of careers in the performing arts, musical and community arts organisations, whether from graduation or with further study. The programme is delivered in purpose-built music classrooms, rehearsal and studio facilities.

Key Units

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Level 4 (Semester 1)
  • Music in Context
  • Practical Musicianship
  • Music Theory and Composition
Level 4 (Semester 2)
  • Live Sound and Recording
  • Elements of Performance
  • Analysis and Composition
Level 5 (Semester 1)
  • Improvisation and Collaborative Composition 
  • Music Studio Production 
  • Advanced Compositional Techniques 
Level 5 (Semester 2)
  • Creating a Composition Product 
  • Music Entrepreneurship 
  • Music Technology in Performance 

Entry Requirements

  • 64 points from A Levels, BTEC or other Level 3 in courses related to music performance/production (or equivalents with supporting performance or theory grades, grade 6 and above)
  • English GCSE at Grade 4/C or above, or an equivalent qualification (e.g. Functional Skills at Level 2)

Students need not have a theory qualification to enter the programme.

In addition to the above, all students are auditioned before acceptance to ensure basic competence in performance / production ability.


Throughout the programme, assessment is through live briefs and real-work situations, wherever possible.

Students will generally produce evidence of practical application of theory, such as portfolio of composition or portfolio work, along with accompanying written work to assess knowledge and understanding.

Written work may include context, research, justification, reflection and/or evaluation. Each module learning outcome will be assessed once, although there will be scope for students to try ideas and obtain self, peer and/or tutor formative feedback.

Where does this Lead

Many students choose to progress to The Sheffield College's BA(Hons) Music Performance and Production Top-up.

Alternatively, there are also a wide range of honors degree programmes and courses available across the country, at universities and other higher education institutions.

Future Opportunities

The majority of the music industry is self employed and the FdA Music Performance and Production course builds skills conidence in this area to start in business as a:

  • performing musician
  • composer
  • session musician
  • music producer
  • sound engineer
  • audio technician
  • promoter
Other students progress to employment in:
  • music education
  • music journalism
  • event management
  • music venues

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How to Apply
Please note that applications for this course should be made through UCAS.
UCAS application code: W3W3
College institution code: S22

Additional Information
Additional information about higher education at The Sheffield College can be found here.

The Sheffield College is a registered provider with the Office for Students.

Terms and Conditions
You can find details of our higher education policies, procedures and T&Cs here

This programme is validated through the University of Hull. To find out more about the partnership, click here.

Extra Costs

There are no direct costs to study the programme, although students will need to supply their own consumables (e.g. drumsticks, guitar strings, etc.).

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