Sound Production HND

UCAS code 039J
Information line 01463 279190

What is special about this course?

Sound Production and working with audio is at the heart of the creative industries. From the traditional sound engineering and production, recording bands in studios, to the latest interactive sound within computer games and installation of soundscapes into theatres, the modern sound producer must have the knowledge and skills relevant to today’s market.

If you are interested in sound production, this HND, available at the Oban campus of Argyll College UHI, will give you the experience, knowledge and technical proficiency to develop your career in this diverse sector.
Project work can be tailored to help you develop specific skills aligned to your preferred area of the industry, whether studio-based sound production, the live sound environment or in the commercial areas of film, animation and computer games.

Special features

  • You will have the opportunity to work with local media companies offering multimedia audio/visual work experience
  • You will work in the sound lab, recording room and mixing room at our Oban campus, including working towards an industry recognised Pro Tools 101 qualification
  • Progression to the BSc (Hons) Audio Engineering at Perth College UHI may be possible on successful completion of the HND


We can provide information on local accommodation options at each centre on request to help you find a place to stay if required.

Entry requirements

  • Entry to year 1, HNC Sound Production, is 1 Scottish Higher 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
  • Direct entry to year 2 of the HND, is the successful completion of the HNC Sound Production and Graded Unit 1 pass at level A or B.
  • Prospective students without the standard entry requirements as listed above are encouraged to apply

Year 1 - HNC

Mandatory units are:

  • Acoustics 1
  • Creative Industries Infrastructure
  • Digital Audio Workstations 1
  • Sound Production Graded unit 1
  • Sound Production Practice 1
  • Sound Production Theory 1
  • Working in the Creative Industries
  • Sound Production: Location Recording

Options units may include:

  • Multi-track Recording
  • Sound Reinforcement 1
  • Introduction to Audio for Multimedia

Year 2 - HND

Mandatory units are:

  • Sound Production Theory 2    
  • Sound Production Practice 2     
  • Digital Audio Workstations 2     
  • Digital Audio Theory             
  • Sound Production: Management Skills and Legal Issues
  • Sound Production: Graded Unit 2 

Optional units may include:

  • Advanced Studio Techniques
  • Audio for Multilmedia: An Introduction
  • Sound Reinforcement 2 
  • Music Sequencing and Programming

How will I study my course?


You will study by way of face-to-face lectures and tutorials in the classroom and practical sessions in the studio    

How long will my course last?

Full-time: 2 years

Where can I study my course?

  • Argyll College UHI - Oban campus

Start date



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)2019-20
Full-time per year £1,285

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)2019-20
Full-time per year £6,720

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)2019-20
Full-time per year £6,855


External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant university partner 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?

On successful completion of the HND it may be possible to progress to the BSc (Hons) Audio Engineering at Perth College UHI.

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Apply for Sound Production HND

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. We operate 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.