North Highland College UHI

Full Tijme Sound Production Higher National Certificate

North Highland College UHI
In Caithness

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Important information

Typology HNC
Location Caithness (Scotland)
Duration 1 Year
  • HNC
  • Caithness (Scotland)
  • Duration:
    1 Year

A full time course, also available part time, based in The NHC-Alness

Facilities (1)
Where and when



Caithness (Highlands and Islands)
Main Centre, Ormlie Road, Thurso, KW14 7EE


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· Requirements

Higher Music or certain NQ units

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Course programme

SOUND PRODUCTION Higher National Certificate
Qualification HNC Sound Production

SCQF level : 7

  • Alness
Start Annually in late August

Duration One year full time, over a longer period if studied part time

Career Other relevant courses

Curriculum areas

Course summary A full time course, also available part time, based in The NHC-Alness

Course description
Who can join?
You should have achieved two SQA Highers, one preferably in Music or have gained certain NQ units in sound production, i.e. Stereo 1 and 2; Four track recording 1 and 2; and Hi-tech pop composition 1 and 2. You will be interviewed when you apply for the course.

How do I attend?
The course may be attended on a full time basis for one academic year, or part-time over two years.

What will I study?
The course covers studio recording and mixing, audio sequencing, sampling, programming, PA, set-ups, acoustics and mixing, and working in the creative industries.

Monthly Songwriting Competition
The contest is open to all the students from NC and HNC Music Performance and HNC Sound Production with the staff taking part as well (but not being in the competition!). The winner from each month goes into the final in June, with the overall winner receiving a weekend ticket for the Belladrum Festival in Kiltarlity, near Inverness.

What could I do next?
The course is designed to provide training in audio engineering and related disciplines for students wishing to pursue a career in many related audio industries such as studio/radio/film recording, audio system design and live PA.

How do I join?
Course Fees for Part Time Students

The units which count towards this qualification are available on an individual basis, making it possible for part time students to gather sufficient units to achieve the award, albeit over a longer period.

You may not have to pay any fees for these units if you qualify for a fee waiver, for instance if you are eligible for certain benefits. See the college's Fee Waiver Policy in the resources area of the website.

It is possible to use an Individual Learning Account (ILA)to pay for these units as you come to study them.

Part time students may also possible qualify for the ILA500, which is a £500 grant for students studying HNC, HND, Degree and taught Postgraduate courses. You must study units totally 40 Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework (SCQF) credits or more a year.

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