Sound Production HNC

Course code 316W

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 UHI North, West and Hebrides in Alness, or UHI Perth
  • 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 UHI Perth


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
  • 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 Engineering

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 (Perth)
  • Audio for visual art/images (Perth)
  • Creative music re-mixing (North Highland and Perth)
  • Creative project (North Highland)
  • Game audio (Perth)
  • Music history: genres, record labels and artists (North Highland)

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

How long will my course last?

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

Where can I study my course?

  • North, West and Hebrides
  • Perth

Start date

  • September


Find out more about fees, fee waivers and funding options.


Through the Cadman Award (Perth), there is a memorial scholarship fund of £500 available for one student applicant, available upon review of the submission of a scholarship application proposal.

UHI has a number of scholarships, bursaries, awards, and discretionary fund opportunities available to new and current students. Please use the A-Z of funds or use the filter to see which ones may be relevant to you. All students are welcome to apply.

Further information on funding your studies is also available, please see the attached link or contact the relevant UHI partner.

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

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you successfully complete this course you can engineer and produce music and design sound for television, film and radio; engineer 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 UHI Perth. You may also be able to progress to our BA (Hons) Contemporary Film Making in the Highlands and Islands, or our BA (Hons) Applied Music.

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Apply for Sound Production HNC

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2023

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.