Music Student Playing Piano
Langside Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
23 Aug 2021
Qualification Type
Course Type
2 Years

Course now closed. Applications will reopen in January 2022.

This two-year live performance-based course is an effective stepping stone to advanced entry to music degree programmes and provides a broad range of vocational training if you are looking to pursue a career in the music industry.

Many former students have been offered advanced entry for university music courses in Scotland after completing the course. Others have continued their training in London. Several former students are now music teachers, session musicians, media composers and community artists.

What will I learn?

Within the course students give regular themed public performances in a variety of local venues. Recent examples include a 1969 revue at the Classic Grand, a selection of European music at Stereo and vintage reworkings of songs of the noughties at the Glad Café.

  • Live performance skills
  • Instrument study
  • Songwriting and composition
  • Music business for musicians
  • 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.

Please note that due to the impact of COVID-19, this course will be delivered via a blended learning approach - which may include limited face-to-face learning on campus combined with remote learning off-campus and digital learning approaches. If and when delivery is taking place on-campus, there will be reduced student numbers and physical distancing measures in place. If you require any support in learning digitally please inform the Course Leader or Student Support team.

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • No formal qualifications are required but NC Music and Higher English are considered highly desirable
  • Entry is by audition (auditions will take place until the course is full)
  • During the pandemic, applicants may be asked to submit an audition video
  • You are also invited to apply if you have relevant life and/or work experience

Entry requirement equivalency table

If you do not meet the entry criteria for your chosen course, you may be offered an alternative course in the same subject area.

Employer and industry links

The music department frequently uses a variety of Glasgow venues for external student performances. It also has links with Glasgow music studios (e.g. The Audio Lounge, Carlton and Maybank), the Voice UK, the Southside Fringe and a number of performing bodies (e.g. The Springfield Cambridge Festival Chorus and Fizzgig Theatre Company). We have also welcomed a variety of music professionals as guest speakers.

Jobs and further study

If successful you may progress to music degree courses at

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

Making an application

For courses starting in August, 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.

I've applied — what happens next?

You will receive an automated email confirming that we have received your application and we will be in contact as per the following stages:

  • Audition, entrance test and assessment of qualifications and/or experience (auditions will take place until the course is full).
  • A ten minute audition where you will be asked to perform a single piece of music of minimum Grade 5 standard on your principal instrument or voice. This should demonstrate as much of your musicianship and technique as possible. You must bring your own instrument. Drum kit (not drumsticks), pianos, glockenspiel, xylophone and amplifiers are available for your use. This will be followed by a brief informal interview. You will also be given a half hour written test, assessing music theory and knowledge.
  • Auditions will begin in February and continue until the course is full
  • We will be back in touch within 10 working days of the audition.

Once an offer is received you must reply within 10 working days or risk losing your place. Once you have accepted your offer, you will be sent further information on enrolment and start dates.

If you are not offered a place on the HND Music course, you may be offered a place on the Introduction to Professional Musicianship course instead.

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 272 3777