According to BBC News, New College Nottingham (NCN) — which is said to be one of the largest further education colleges in the U.K. — is offering a two-year degree in heavy metal music.The course was developed over a seven-month period by Liam Maloy, a lecturer in music performance at NCN, who describes the class as "academically rigorous." "In the past, heavy metal has not been taken seriously and is seen as lacking academic credibility when compared with other genres such as jazz and classical music," he adds. "But that's just a cultural construction." During the course, which is due to start in September, students will acquire skills in how to compose and perform heavy metal songs and will learn about the music business, the history of heavy metal and its role in films and video games. They will also perform at venues around the country during the course's second year. For more information on the "Music Performance (Heavy Metal)" course at New College Nottingham, click here.