Music SCQF Level 8

Designed to prepare you for a career in the music industry or progression to university.


Why take this course?

This course is aimed at musicians looking to strengthen their skill set and prepare for a career in the music industry. It will heighten your understanding of music and musical trends whilst exploring a wide range of technical aspects, where practical skills will be honed and refined to the standard required for progression to degree level study or employment.

What you will experience

You will develop an in-depth understanding of the industry and look at recording, production, music sequencing, song writing and performance – topics which are essential for progression to further study or employment. You will also make extensive use of our state-of-the-art practice, performance and production facilities whilst taking part in a range of live performances and projects.

We have long established links with a wide range of industry partners including AVID, Aberdeen Performing Arts and a host of community music organisations meaning you will become part of a close community of musical and performance professionals.

four male students reading script in performance studio

Key facts

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a minimum of two Highers, including Music, or successfully completion of the Music SCQF Level 6 course.

A Foundation Apprenticeship in any subject area will be considered equivalent as one unrelated Higher for entry to this course.

For those returning to education, life skills and experience in the workplace may allow entry.

Please note that you will be invited to attend an informal interview and audition.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, please view the specific English language requirements for this course.

What you need to know

Next steps


At North East Scotland College

At University

You can progress to university upon successful completion of this course. Please see below for your options. Full information is available in the course specification PDF.


Typical career paths include work in music performance, production, event management and sound recording. Many will also work as an independent artist or set up a business specialising in performing, teaching, recording, consultation or production.

  • Music Artist
  • Musician
  • Performer
  • Performing Artist
  • Private Music Teacher
  • Recording Artist
  • Sound Technician

The following infographic provides information on current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire. Follow the link on the infographic to view a larger image.

Infographic detailing current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire


This course is currently unavailable. Please contact the Student Advice Centre for more information.

If you take up a place on a College course, at the start of the course you will be asked to sign an enrolment form. In signing the form and/or taking up a place on a College course, you will enter into a contract with the College and be bound by the North East Scotland College Standard Terms and Conditions of Study. Copies of the Terms and Conditions are available for inspection on notice boards and at various locations throughout the College, at the College Reception, on the College website:, or can be obtained on request from the Student Funding and Admissions Manager, North East Scotland College, Aberdeen City Campus, Gallowgate, Aberdeen AB25 1BN. Please note that courses are offered subject to (a) there being sufficient numbers of enrolments and (b) the availability of resources. The College reserves its right (i) not to run courses where the number of students is considered insufficient or where resources are unavailable and (ii) in certain circumstances, to refuse admission to an individual applicant.