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CertHE Music Production & Vocal Performance

Enhance your vocals and learn music production

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Study at Point Blank in January 2023!

Click here to learn more and launch your music career today!

Overview

This course is equivelant to one year of a full HE course. Expand your vocal skills as a singer, rapper or emcee and learn how to produce your own music. This programme is developed and taught by industry professionals who’ve worked with huge stars like Pharrell Williams, Beyonce, Gwen Stefani and Rihanna.


Learn how to perfect your writing, production and performance skills in our state-of-the-art studios and on stage, using the best industry-standard equipment. Students enrolling on our vocal courses will join a list of alumni including Izzy Bizu, Aluna Francis, Leona Lewis and more. Become part of the Point Blank community and attend free masterclasses, collaboration events and other networking opportunities. At Point Blank, we make it our priority to connect our students to the music industry to give you a head-start in your career.

We are proud to be ahead of the curve in delivering a fantastic student experience whether on campus or online and are happy to include all the exclusive features for students listed here.

Class sizes are small to ensure every student receives ample 1-2-1 time with their lecturers, so apply now to reserve your place!

Key Information

Duration 1 Year
Available start dates 2023 2024 2025
  • 9 January (Limited availability)
  • 2 October (Limited availability)
  • 8 January (Limited availability)
  • 30 September
  • 29 September
Weekly timetable Two lecture days per weekPlease contact us for details.
UCAS code VPC1
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Have questions? Check the FAQ's for quick answers.

How to Write, Record and Produce Your Own Vocal Tracks with Lily McKenzie

Ski Oakenfull and Phil Ramocon explain how to sing the harmonies in Pharrell's Happy

Track breakdown of 'Feel the Love' with Rudimental

R&B sensation, Zion Foster joins us for an exclusive PB masterclass

Modules

Teaching & Learning

On our higher education programmes, students take part in a variety of intimate lectures (up to 16 students) and workshops. When not attending these sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently. Independent learning is about taking control of your work, finding out what you need to know and deciding how you are going to study.


During this time, you can take advantage of:

  • Our award-winning Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) with bespoke downloadable resources to support your lectures.
  • Our state-of-the-art facilities and private practice spaces across two buildings.
  • 1-2-1 Tutorials with lecturers to help you focus on your assignments.
  • Studio Lab Time with support staff (up to five per week depending on availability) to help you with your technical set up and assignments.
  • Extra workshops with music industry professionals.

A degree course consists of academic levels 4, 5 and 6. Each level consists of 120 credits. Each module is worth 20 credits and students are expected to study 10 hours per week per module (4 hours of lectures and 6 hours of independent learning).

Assessment

Assessment is how we gauge your success on a course. You will be expected to take part in the following types of assessment during this course:


1. Exercises – these are designed to give you feedback on your performance and to help you improve as you study at Point Blank.

2. Assignments - these are designed to measure what you have achieved during a module and therefore the grade you will be awarded.

To make it possible for students to demonstrate their knowledge and skills to the best of their abilities, students will be asked to produce work in varying formats depending on your course including compositions, creative projects, written work, reports, performances, presentations, 1-2-1 discussions, recordings and timed music industry-based briefs.

Expert Lecturers

Carroll Thompson Singing

Iconic British reggae singer who's also recorded with Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Sade & more. Signed to Virgin as solo artist. Scored several Top 40 hits & No.1 on UK Reggae Chart with 'I'm So Sorry'.

Linton Bennett Music Composition

Linton aka Stepz composes/produces for Dido, Warren G, All Saints, Jamelia & Imogen Heap to name a few. He’s been active in the music industry for 3 decades and signed to Motown in the US.

Phil Ramocon Singing/Composition

Ivor Novello & Grammy-winning musician/songwriter. Legend who's worked with Steve Winwood, Jamelia, Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff and more. Co-wrote 'Buffalo Stance' with Neneh Cherry.

Max Heyes Sound Engineering/Mixing

Credits include Paul Weller, Oasis, Primal Scream, Jamiroquai and Massive Attack. Co-produced The Doves #1 album 'The Last Broadcast'. Mixed Primal Scream's 'XTRMNTR'. Helped develop La Roux.

Bridget Amofah Music Industry

Lead vocalist with Rudimental, played Glastonbury and Jools Holland. Replaced KT Tunstall in Oi Va Voi, also worked with The Nextmen, Basement Jaxx & The Earlies.

Anna Lakatos Music Production

Musician, singer and trained audio engineer, specialising in object-based 3D sound for motion picture and commercial music production. Anna is an Ableton Certified Trainer and NI Product Specialist.

Kevin Kerrigan Music Composition

Branded an 'alchemist' by Brian Eno, Kevin has worked with Bjork, Gwen Stefani, Eurythmics, Kylie & Sting among others and composes for movies/TV for Paramount, BBC, Warner Bros, Sony & Universal.

Roberta Bruno Singing

Known as 'BB', Roberta has trained in singing for more than 15 years. She's a highly regarded vocal coach in both the UK and EU, with her own breakthrough method in developing voices.

Career Opportunities

  • Singer/Songwriter
  • Music Producer
  • Lyricist
  • Composer
  • Vocal Producer
  • Solo Artist
  • Lead/Backup Vocalist
  • Vocal Arranger
  • Audio Engineer
  • Singing/Vocal Coach
  • Musical Director
  • Artist Manager

Entry Requirements

First and foremost, we are looking for people who can demonstrate a) their passion for music and b) an ability to successfully complete a Higher Education programme. Where conditional offers are made, typical offers will be set from:

  • A Level:  CC
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma:  MPP


If you don't have formal qualifications, don't worry, applicants without formal qualifications may still be considered on the strength of relevant prior learning and experience.

We will initially assess your personal statement which should detail any previous study or relevant experience in music. Then the Admissions Team will look at the merits of each application by taking the following evidence into consideration: predicted or previously attained grades, examples of work and relevant work experience. Applicants will be required to complete our standard HE application form and upload their portfolio. The portfolio requirements are as follows:

  • 2 - 4 (maximum) tracks via MP3, SoundCloud or YouTube links showcasing your production and vocal ability 
  • Each track must not exceed 5 minutes in duration 
  • Solo performances only 
  • Originals and covers accepted 

UCAS applicants will be contacted to request their portfolio upon receipt of their application.

Click here for more information on our entry requirements, international qualifications and how to apply.

Alumni

Aluna Francis

Aluna Francis is half of AlunaGeorge. She studied production at PB before taking off to chart success with 'You Know You Like It' & No.1 hit 'White Noise' with Disclosure. Check out her awesome video.

Izzy Bizu

Izzy cites Amy, Adele & Ella as heroines and has a freshness to her sound (reverby guitars, handclaps, gospel piano) which you’ll love. We’re so proud we helped hone her craft  at PB!

Leona Lewis

Everyone knows Leona from X Factor. Before she won it, Leona wowed her fellow students on our Singing Course. "Her talent was obvious" said her instructor, "and her success thoroughly deserved."

Lola Saunders

Singing course student Lola Saunders is the second Point Blank graduate to go on to perform on the famous X Factor stage. The first? One of the most famous winners of all time – Leona Lewis.

Anthony Touma

Lebanese-French singer-songwriter Anthony Touma attended our Singing Course in 2016. Since graduating, Anthony has gone on to sign with Universal Music and release his international debut single, ‘Walk Away’.

Basheba

Basheba has received backing from SBTV, Afro Punk, Mobo & Vevo and radio support from BBC London, Radio 1, Radio 1 Xtra, Kiss FM & Capital Xtra. She has also been featured on MTV UK & US.

Fees & Funding

Fees (UK) Fees (non-UK)
Balance of £9,250 Balance of £12,250
£3,083 per term
See details during the enrolment process.

Being an undergraduate student involves two main expenses: tuition fees and living costs. Students can either choose to pay for their course privately, or alternatively, all of our higher education programmes are eligible for Student Finance loans. Eligible students may be able to apply for a tuition fee loan to cover the full course fees. This will be up to £9,250 per year for courses with standard delivery, or up to £11,100 per year for courses with accelerated delivery. 

In addition, eligible students may be entitled to a maintenance loan of up to £12,382 per year. The amount of maintenance you can apply for will depend on your circumstances. EU students are not eligible for the maintenance loan. For students wishing to pay privately, we have a number of payment plans available, including annual and termly instalments. Click here for more information on fees and funding options available. 

discounts

  • Point Blank students enjoy a range of exclusive discounts including but not limited to: 
  • 50% off Native Instruments Komplete 12
  • 30% off NI Kontrol, Maschine MK2 & Maschine Studio
  • 50% off Ableton Live 11 Suite
  • Special discount on Ableton Push 2 Controller
  • Over 50% off Roland Cloud
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