Access to HNC Sound Production

Ayrshire College


Ayr Campus


This course develops your technical abilities within an audio environment, with a firm focus on teamwork. You’ll also spend a considerable amount of time working with live sound.

You’ll learn using world class equipment and the latest industry software, such as Pro Tools and Ableton. Your assessments will be based on real-life products in post and music production, in a variety of genres.

Areas covered include:

sound engineering systems and basic public address systems (PAs);studio production techniques, including mic placement and monitoring, as well as studio etiquette and communication; music programming and virtual instruments, using MIDI software; music production, including pre and post production; audio editing, learning to edit and manipulate sound in a digital format and how to store it, such as via podcasting; live sound reinforcement systems - otherwise known as PA systems - and practise operating a system for a small-scale event; music business know-how, looking at the key organisations and careers within the UK music industry.

Almost all students as part of their bursary funding, receive a production bundle of equipment including microphones, digital recorders and high end headphones when they join and succeed in this course.

Entry Requirements

3 subjects at National 5, or Introduction to Sound Production (Level 5), or other relevant national qualifications at SCQF Level 5. Interview.

Progression Routes

Progression on to HNC Sound Productin or onto a university course or employment.

Start Date




Study Method

Full time

Course Length

1 year


Music Performance and Sound Production

SCQF Level