Ballyfermot College of Further Education BCFE

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Music – Contemporary Music Performance Diploma (HND) Level 6 Higher

Course Code: PRH

Duration: 2 Years

Develop self expression, musical composition, songwriting, instrumental skills, presentation and live creative music performance in the Rock School

Develop self-expression, musical composition, songwriting, instrumental skills, presentation and live creative music performance in Contemporary Music

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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
  • Instrumental Technique
  • Songwriting
  • Applied Music Theory
  • The Music Industry
  • Marketing and Promotion for Musicians
  • Professional Development
  • Music Production Fundamentals

Year 2

  • Developing as an Artist
  • Advanced Performance Skills
  • Creative Portfolio
  • Musical Direction in Practice
  • Advanced Music Production
  • Live Arrangement Skills
  • Creative Research Project


View past students’ work.

The Vagabonds at the Grand Social on 2nd March 2016


Leaving Certificate/LCVP with a minimum of two H5/O1 and three O6/H7 grades or equivalent or QQI level 5 award with a merit profile such as PMC Music Management & Production. 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)

The Higher National Diploma is a BTEC (Business and Technology Education Council) qualification awarded by the UK awarding body Pearson. 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
BCFE student Sam Martin and his band Odd Morris have released their debut single


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.

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