Truro and Penwith College

FdA Commercial Music Performance and Production

Rated Gold (2017) by the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) and Ofsted Outstanding (2016), Truro and Penwith College provides a range of quality degree courses with employer needs in mind. All students benefit from an excellent support network that helps to put them on the best footing for a successful future after graduating. Finding themselves at home in purpose-built buildings with expert lecturers and access to industry-standard equipment, students can study a quality University course right here in Cornwall. 

A variety of people enter Higher Education with an assortment of experiences and commitments, but with the flexibility at the heart of our programmes, the College offers a compressed timetable and small class sizes to allow students to study in a relaxed and supportive environment. Whatever your background, studying University courses at Truro and Penwith College means an opportunity to study locally, the chance to fit home or part-time work around your lectures and the one thing all our students have in common – the shared experiences of a quality education right here in Cornwall.

For more information visit the Truro and Penwith College website.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • TCFM1010 Language of Music

      This module will develop the student's knowledge of the elements of music. It will also reinforce the link between music as sound and music as notation. As such, this module is fundamental to the acquisition of knowledge and skills in many of the other modules.

    • TCFM1014 Performance Project

    • TCFM1015 Audio Recording

    • TCFM1016 Computer Music Production 1

    • TCFM1017 Instrumental Studies

    • TCFM1018 Performance Studies

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • TCFM2008 Modern Composition

      This module is about developing and applying skills in harmony and composition, by creating and developing musical ideas in contrasting styles and forms for varying instrumental and vocal combinations and producing a portfolio of original work. The student will be able to either focus on songwriting, instrumental music or music for the media , or may choose to produce work from all these areas. It will involve analysis of the work of others, and so, foster an understanding of good practice, and will be underpinned by a knowledge and understanding of `jazz¿ and `commercial¿ music chord structures and chord progressions.

    • TCFM2011 Studio Production

    • TCFM2013 Computer Music Production 2

      The aim of this module is to analyse and apply the techniques and procedures involved in the production of music involving computers and related technologies. The module involves the research of the development, the impact and the quality of computer music in the music industry.

    • TCFM2014 Advanced Performance Project

    • TCFM2015 Instrumental Focus

    • TCFM2016 Performance Skills

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Fees, costs and funding

As this course is delivered by one of our partner colleges, please contact the college directly for information on fees and funding.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email

Progression routes

Completing this course enables you to progress onto these related courses and programmes with the University of Plymouth at level 5 or level 6, as specifically defined by this programme’s progression agreement.

For further information, including the progression from foundation degree form, please visit

Our partnership with Truro and Penwith College

The University of Plymouth has developed partnerships with institutions around the world with the sole purpose of making higher education more accessible to those people who need something just a little different.

Our Academic Partnerships enable students to enrol for a degree at a partnership institution closer to home, or engage in distance learning – even when they’re in the middle of the ocean. They are there for those people looking to return to education, or enhance their professional development. Full- or part-time; foundation degree to masters-level – we cater for a huge variety of needs and aspirations.

Many of our partners offer specialist degrees, unique facilities, and smaller class sizes at a competitive price. And as a student of two institutions, you get the best of both worlds; a supportive learning environment as part of a close-knit community, and a university-level qualification awarded by the University of Plymouth. You’ll enjoy not only the facilities and services your partnership institution provides, but also all of the additional support and resources you need from us, and you’ll automatically become a member of our Students’ Union, too.

We are continuing to grow the number of partner institutions and expand our academic community to new locations around the UK and overseas. Why not visit the Academic Partnerships page on our website for a full list of partners and for more details on studying with us?

One of our partners delivers this particular course – so please visit their website for full course details, entry requirements, tuition fees and information on what student life is like there. 

Studying with Truro and Penwith College

We’re one of the leading colleges in the country, delivering teaching and learning to the highest level. With three modern campuses at Truro, Penwith (at Penzance) and Tregye, we provide you with a unique university experience.

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