Accredited by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), it is written in partnership with education professionals and industry experts, reflecting the current music industry and allows for further progression onto higher levels of study, expanding career opportunities and personal development.

  • Undertake a key role in a band
  • Engage in a recorded music performance
  • Gain experience as a session musician
  • Compose and perform your own music
  • Collaborate with others to create original music
  • Develop and refine your lyric writing skills
  • Undertake a key vocals role in a band
  • Engage in a recorded music performance
  • Gain experience as a session musician
Course Details


  • Pathway-specific tuition with professional musicians
  • Gain a working, comprehensive knowledge of the music industry
  • Perform and organise your own gig in collaboration with other musicians
  • Compose, arrange and record your own music using industry standard software
  • Exclusive access to our Higher Education enrichment programme

HNC and HND Units

Year 1

Music History 1
Creative Industries Infrastructure
Music First Study 1: Instrument
Live Performance Skills
Music: Instrumental Accompaniment (Glasgow)
Songwriting 1
Graded Unit 1: Music
Music Theory 1
Professional Practice
Stagecraft for Musicians
Working in Creative Industries
Music Second Study 1: Composition
Music Sequencing (Edinburgh)

Year 2

Music First Study 2: Instrument
Graded Unit 2: Music
Music Industry Digital Communication
Music: Live Performance Skills 2
Music: Session Skills
Music for the Visual Arts
Music and Image for Video
Music Research Project
Instrumental Instruction: An Introduction
Music Second Study 2: Composition
Entrepreneurship in the Creative Industries


You will be able to progress to study a BA (Hons) top-up at Level 6.

During your time with us, besides industry networking, you will have gained transferable skills such as communication, personal development and teamwork

Entry Requirements

Minimum of a Higher Music and Higher English, or an NC in Music or completed a creative industry apprenticeship, plus a successful audition and interview.

  • Level: 5
  • Length: 2 year
  • Fees: Partially SAAS Funded
  • Study Locations: Edinburgh • Glasgow

Audition & Interview

Our qualifications require a successful audition and interview to enrol onto a course, but don’t be nervous! The auditions are on a 1-1 basis to assess your future potential to see what you can do, rather than what you can’t. It’s a great chance for you to see the centre, meet our fantastic tutors and ask any questions. You’re coming to us to learn and improve your skills, so we appreciate everyone has their strengths.

How To Apply

Application for this course is via the application form below