Introduction to
Music SCQF Level 5

Introducing you to the skills required to lay the foundations for a career in the fast-paced and exciting music industry.


Why take this course?

This course is designed for those who have some instrumental or vocal skills, but have not yet had the opportunity to gain a formal qualification in this area. It will give you a valuable insight into the study of music and develop your appreciation of music, whilst allowing you to lay the foundations for a career in this fast-paced and exciting industry.

What you will experience

The course content will give you a good theoretical and practical understanding of how music works. You will focus on technical aspects such as music technology, sound engineering, composition and music literacy. You will also develop your practical abilities when it comes to performance and instrumental/vocal skills.

four male students reading script in performance studio

Key facts

Entry requirements

This course is suited to motivated, self-disciplined and committed people who have a keen and realistic interest in developing their musical abilities.

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

On successful completion of this course, you can progress to the following course at North East Scotland College: 

At University

If you eventually complete the HND Music course, you could then consider moving on to a university degree. Depending on the university you could enter in to year 2 or year 3 of a related course.


Employment prospects on completion of this course would be at entry level. Other common roles might include:

  • Music Artist
  • Musician
  • Private Music Teacher
  • Stagehand

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.

For more information about job opportunities, salaries and employment rates in this industry, visit the Career Coach website.

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


Aberdeen City Campus

STARTS Duration Code
August 2019
1 Year
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Online applications

You can apply for a place on this course by completing an online application form, which you can access using the 'Apply Online' button. Once completed, this will be received by our Admissions Team who will then process your application.

Paper applications

You may submit a paper application form, and return it to us completed and signed.

All completed paper applications should be returned to the following freepost address:

The Student Information & Admissions Manager
North East Scotland College
Aberdeen City Campus

Should you have any problems with your application, please contact the Student Advice Centre:

Telephone: 01224 612330

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.