HND in Music

Curated for, and by, modern musicians.

Our HND is a full-time, pathway-specific course partially funded by SAAS (Scotland), suitable for all disciplines. A 2-year course encompassing our HNC as its first year. Curated and delivered by professionals and accredited by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) it is available in Edinburgh and Glasgow. Both centres boast state-of-the-art teaching & rehearsal rooms, MAC suites, recording studios and a team of dedicated tutors. Our unique draw has always been supporting students with their chosen pathway.

All our tutors work in music and the course is delivered by and written by professionals. With that comes community, common goals and an immediate industry focus you won’t get elsewhere. Get serious about your music with our HND.

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Course Details


The 2 year course includes pathway-specific tuition with professional musicians. Students will gain a comprehensive knowledge of the music industry and get the opportunity to first and foremost perform, as well as network and organize gigs in collaboration with other musicians. Students will learn to compose, arrange and record their own music using industry standard software, and get exclusive access to our Higher Education enrichment programme and masterclasses.


Many of our students are now working in music, find out more on our alumni page. There are countless career opportunities for musicians including performing, writing and recording music, releasing music on streaming platforms, teaching, radio & TV production and more. During the HND, besides industry networking, students will gain transferable skills like communication, personal development and teamwork. Students can progress to a BA (Hons) top-up at Level 6.

Entry Requirements

If you’re talented and passionate about what you do, then you deserve to be recognised. Everyone has different life experiences and we look to recognise potential and welcome everyone from different backgrounds. So, if you do not have a Higher English or Music we will still accept your application. If your application is accepted you will be asked to perform and speak to one of our members of staff during an interview and audition. Providing individuals are well-rehearsed and are passionately invested in learning and improvement, they’ll be in with a shot. Our approach is proudly different than the norm and we will continue to have an open and inclusive mindset to our courses.

Guitar, Drums, Bass & Vocals

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

Rap & Hip-Hop

Develop and refine your song writing and lyric skills

Improve your live performance and production

Gain experience as a hip-hop artist

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.

In these uncertain times, our centres are still taking applications and arranging auditions. Auditions are now carried out virtually using a combination of video calls and digital portfolio submission. Our admissions teams at Edinburgh and Glasgow will be delighted to guide you through the application process.

How To Apply

Application for this course is via the application form below

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