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HND in Contemporary Music Performance (Rock School)

Course Code: PRH

Duration: 2 Years


This course is aimed at students who aspire to become professional musicians and who want to learn about the Music Industry. This course creates a working environment in which students can develop skills of self expression, musical composition, presentation and performance. Live performances in the college and at city centre venues are an exciting and integral part of the course


Year 1

  • Performance Production
  • Band Coaching
  • Instrument Techniques
  • Popular Song – Form and Analysis
  • Music Technology Applications
  • Rhythm, Harmony and Notation
  • Critical and Analytical Aural Techniques
  • Keyboard and Vocal Development
  • The Music Business in the 21st Century

Year 2

  • Performance Production Management
  • Professional Performance Coaching
  • Technical Competencies in Instrument Techniques
  • Song-writing Techniques and Skills
  • Improvisation, Music Composition Software
  • Arranging and Style Analysis


View past students’ work.


Leaving Certificate/LCVP with a minimum of two H5/O1 and four O6/H7 grades or equivalent or QQI level 5 award with a merit profile or BTEC National Diploma with a merit profile. Applicants will be required to do an audition and supply a demo on CD/Tape, instrumental or vocal. This recording may be a sole performance or as part of a group. The academic entry requirements may be waived where outstanding talent is demonstrated at the audition and for mature applicants (21+).


HND in Contemporary Music Performance (Rock School)

This award is made by the UK awarding body BTEC Pearson and is not, at present, placed on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ)
A Higher National Diploma is recognised by the QQI as being comparable to the Higher Certificate at NFQ Level 6.

QQI Comparability Statement


  • Rehearsal and Multi-Track Sound Recording Studio
  • Performance and Music DVD/Video Recording
  • Performance Hall
  • Professional back line and P.A. System
  • Two 24 Track Digital Recording Studios
  • Pro-tools HD2 Recording System
  • Multi-Media Computer Room
  • Software includes Cubase SX, Reason and Soundforge


Graduates may gain exemptions from one or two years of degree courses in the UK or continue performing with their band or as a solo act.