Sound Production HNC

UCAS code 316W
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What is special about this course?

If you're interested in sound production and engineering and would like to influence the music and sounds we listen to on a daily basis, the HNC Sound Production will give you the basic qualifications required to follow this path.

You could forge a career in studio recording and production, live sound and design, and multimedia application, including digital media, gaming and web sounds. 

You will be prepared for all sound production environments, including recording techniques, production methods, live sound, broadcast audio and audio for multimedia.

Special features

  • You can study full time or part time to suit your personal and professional circumstances
  • You will study at North Highland College UHI in Alness, Perth College UHI or Argyll College UHI in Oban.
  • You will gain a basic understanding of sound engineering  practice and theory
  • On successful completion of this course you may be able to progress to the BSc (Hons) Audio Engineering at Perth College UHI


We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.

Entry requirements

  • 1 Scottish Highers at grade C or above, OR
  • 1 A level at grade D or above
  • Preferably including Music, Physics, Maths or English
  • Alternatively, NC Sound Engineering or NC Music
  • You may also be required to attend an interview
  • Prospective students without the standard entry requirements as listed above are encouraged to apply

Access routes

  • NC Music
  • NC Sound

Year 1 - HNC

Mandatory units are:

  • Audio skills
  • Digital audio workstations
  • Recording and mixing
  • Skills for business
  • Sound for live event
  • Sound production graded unit 1

Options may include:

  • Acoustics (Perth)
  • Audio electronics (Perth)
  • Audio for multimedia (Argyll and Perth)
  • Audio for visual art/images (Perth)
  • Creative music re-mixing (North Highland and Perth)
  • Creative project (North Highland)
  • Game audio (Perth)
  • Location recording (Argyll)
  • Music history: genres, record labels and artists (North Highland)
  • Recording project (Argyll)
  • Spatial recording and reproduction (Argyll)
  • Synthesis and sampling (Argyll)

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • Part-time (unstructured)
  • You will study by way of face-to-face lectures and tutorials in the classroom and practical sessions in the studio

Additional costs

  • You may be required to purchase a pair of quality closed-back headphones as well as USB drives for storage of projects
  • There may also be travel costs involved for practical experiences during your course

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2 years

Where can I study my course?

  • Argyll College UHI - Oban campus
  • North Highland College UHI - Alness campus
  • Perth College UHI

Start date

  • September


For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2018-192019-20
Full-time per year £1,285 £1,285
Part-time (per HN credit) £86 £86

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2018-192019-20
Full-time per year £6,720 £6,720
Part-time (per HN credit) £448 £448

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2018-192019-20
Full-time per year £6,720 £6,855
Part-time (per HN credit)** £448 £457

*There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international students.


External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact your enrolling college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you successfully complete this course you can manage and design music and sound for television, radio, conferences, concerts and other live events or pursue multimedia careers in web design, animation, gaming and other digital media.

Can I progress into further study?

You can progress to the BSc (Hons) Audio Engineering course at Perth College UHI

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Apply for Sound Production HNC

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2020

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.