Music SCQF Level 6

For musicians who want to strengthen their skills and prepare for a career in the wide-ranging and exciting music industry.


Why take this course?

This course is designed for musicians who wish to develop their career in the music industry, and will give you the chance to work on a range of projects and performances alongside like-minded musicians. It is primarily aimed at those who wish to develop their skills and prepare for a career in music, and is therefore suitable for prospective composers, songwriters, performers or behind the-scenes technicians/producers.

What you will experience

You will learn to produce your own music in custom-built studios, using the latest industry standard equipment. You will focus on live performance, music technology and engineering/production whilst studying UK trends, and learn to appreciate the diversity of opportunities that lie within the music industry as a whole. You will also complete a creative project and learn to organise a community-based musical event.

four male students reading script in performance studio

Key facts

Entry requirements

Applicants should have at least three passes at National 5, Intermediate 2 or Standard Grade Credit level. Alternatively applicants should have relevant prior experience. All applicants will be invited to an informal audition to demonstrate performing skills and musical knowledge.

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 courses at North East Scotland College: 

At University

If you choose to complete an HNC or HND course after completing your NC, you may want to 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.


Common employment prospects at this level include:

  • Performing Artist
  • Private Music Teacher
  • Recording Artist
  • Songwriter
  • 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.

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.