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What makes Urban and Electronic Music Production at Kidderminster special?

Whether behind the mic, the decks, or the desk, master the mix and become a skilled professional with industry-grade expertise.

Explore your ideas with a course that is highly practical in nature. Integrating technology and creativity with entrepreneurship will help you develop as a highly skilled music professional with the creative talent and technical ability to make an impact in the music industry and beyond.

The course is ideal for students with experience or interest in House, Hip Hop, Drum & Bass, Techno, Grime, R&B and EDM, with all of these genres explored.

Key features

  • The course is run as a partnership between the University of Worcester and Kidderminster College. Students study at Kidderminster.
  • Pro-grade facilities including recording studios, DJ practice rooms, and equipment from Korg, Apple, Native Instruments, and Allen and Heath
  • Music field trip opportunities including to New York, Barcelona and London
  • Experienced guest lecturers including studio engineers, performers, DJs, composers and producers
  • Develop production, recording, mixing and mastering skills
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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?


UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

48 UCAS Tariff points


Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email for advice.

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Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

Year 1

  • Principles of Sound Digital Audio   
  • Computer Systems for Music
  • MIDI & Audio Music Production
  • Music Listening Skills
  • Audio Production Techniques
  • Creative Keyboard Techniques
  • Studio Techniques & Practices
  • History of Electronic Music

Year 2

  • Creative Synthesis
  • Music for Audio-visual Contexts
  • Advanced Production Techniques
  • Music Industry & Entrepreneurship
  • Creative Mixing & Mastering Techniques
  • Music Production Analysis
  • Final Music Project (double award)

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

You will learn how to:

  • Acquire the practical skills in the creation of electronic-based music to a professional standard.
  • Develop a detailed understanding of the career opportunities available to music producers, DJs and music composers.
  • Become technically skilled using contemporary music technology.
  • Be proficient in audio mixing and mastering to industry standard.
  • Use a recording studio as a creative environment.
  • Develop collaborative skills within a creative environment.
  • Develop a portfolio of creative work for future professional activities.
  • Cultivate an entrepreneurial approach to working in the music and creative industries.
  • Set up and run a music related business.
  • Create and operate an independent digital record label
  • Work freelance within the music and creative industries.
  • Develop an understanding of the history of Electronic music and its impact on popular culture.
  • Possess a professional attitude to working within the music and creative industries.

Teaching approach

  • Practice- and theory-based lectures; workshops; seminars; demonstrations; individual and group project work; individual and group tutorials; supervised independent learning.
  • Practical workshops delivered within small groups.
  • Particular focus on specialist music production activities.
  • Visiting lecturers and industry experts to deliver practical activities.
  • A mix of independent and tutor- and student-led learning.
  • Intensive ‘live’ music projects with individual and group production projects.
  • Practical studio recording sessions to aid collaborative project work.
  • Sessions are a mix of independent and tutor- and student-led learning.


Your work will be assessed through practical music projects, studio recording activities, audio post-production work, research and written reports.

Location of study

The course is run as a partnership between the University of Worcester and Kidderminster College. Students study at Kidderminster.


Where could it take you?


The course will provide you with the skills, knowledge and qualities to work professionally within the creative music industry, including careers as a music producer, remixer, DJ, sound designer, sound engineer, composer for media and music technology lecturer. Graduates have worked successfully in various areas of the industry including music production, post-production, music for media, studio work, DJ and live work and sound engineering. Freelance and self-employment opportunities are also available to graduates.

You may wish to continue to postgraduate study, complete other professional qualifications or progress to a related BA top-up programme.    


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How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering on this HND in 2017 is £8,430 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering on this HND in 2017 is £11,700 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for part-time UK and EU students registering on this HND in 2017 is £1,106 per 15 credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying.  The amounts vary between courses.


Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £94 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £153 per week.

For full details visit our accommodation page.


How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Urban & Electronic Music Production HND  043W K HND/UEM

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Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

01905 855111  

Course leader

Damian Wilkes 
01562 512116