HND Music

A live performance-based course suitable for students with strongly established classical or contemporary training. This course is an effective stepping stone to advanced entry to music degree programmes and provides a broad range of vocational training for students seeking to pursue careers in the music industry.

Course content

  • Live Performance Skills
  • Instrument Study
  • Songwriting and Composition
  • Professional Practice for Musicians
  • Working in the Creative Industries
  • Music Theory
  • Stagecraft for Musicians
  • Keyboard and Vocal Skills
  • Introduction to Instrumental Instruction
  • Recording Techniques

Assessment is continuous, with a mix of practical and theoretical assessments and includes Graded units.

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • NC Music (or Advanced Higher Music) and Higher English preferred but not essential
  • Entry is by audition (all applicants will be auditioned until the course is full)
  • Applications are also invited from those without formal qualifications but who have relevant life and/or work experience
  • For those holding an HNC Music it may be possible to access Year 2 of the HND. Please contact the Faculty directly.

Selection process information 

Progression routes

Successful students may progress to Music degree courses:

  • University of Glasgow
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Aberdeen
  • Edinburgh Napier University
  • University of the Highlands & Islands
  • Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) 

SCQF level


Start date

27 August 2018


2 Year(s), August to June

For courses starting in August 2017, you can make up to two applications.

Applications are made to a course and a first choice of campus. If the course is oversubscribed at your first choice you will be automatically considered for alternative sites and may be made an offer without a further application.

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