Music SCQF Level 5 NC

What is special about this course?

This National Certificate in music is aimed at school leavers, adult returners and those keen to work in the music industry. The course gives an introduction to the skills and a small taste of many aspects of the industry. It is designed as a potential starting point for those interested in working in the music industry or as CPD for those already employed in some capacity within the industry.  The course also contains a National 5 Skills for Work Creative Industries award.


Entry requirements

  • Three National 4 qualifications
  • Ability to play a musical instrument to a reasonable level (Grade 1)
  • A love of music and performing
  • All applicants will be interviewed which will include an audition



  • Appreciation of music
  • The Creative Process
  • Creative Project
  • Skills Development
  • Creative industries an introduction
  • Composing skills          
  • MIDI Sequencing                  
  • Live performance                  
  • Performing music on one instrument or voice                      
  • Introduction to Scotland's creative industries                    
  • Sound engineering and production                        
  • Music literacy and aural skills         
  • You will also develop core skills in IT, communications and literacy.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Part Time
  • Flexible

Theoretical knowledge will be delivered as part of practical based classes.

How long will my course last?

1 Academic Year

Where can I study my course?

    • Alness

Start date

Intakes are in September and January for this full time course.


Study mode  Scottish Fee RUK* Fee International Fee
Full-time £1790 £5970 £5970
Part-time (per credit/module) £90 £300 £300

Full-Time Study

Full-time students will automatically receive the fee waiver if they are eligible from the information they have provided on their course application form.

If you have been living in the UK for at least three years, are an ordinary resident in Scotland before the course start date it is likely that you will not have to pay fees for your full-time course. Please check our fee waiver policy for more information.

Fees are payable on enrolment each academic year.

Some of our courses require students to have essential equipment/clothing please check with your course tutor.

Please get in touch with if you have any further questions on fees.

*Rest of UK (students typically domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man), with a term-time address in Scotland.

Part-Time Study

A Fee Waiver could be available to help with the payment of course fees depending on your personal circumstances, please check our fee waiver policy to see if you are eligible.

Fees are payable on enrolment each academic year.

Some of our courses require students to have essential equipment/clothing please check with your course tutor.

Please contact  if you have any further questions on fees.

What can I do on completion of my course?

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