Music Student Playing Drums
Langside Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
23 Aug 2021
Qualification Type
Course Type
1 Year

Course now closed. Applications will reopen in January 2022.

This music course aims to bridge the gap between secondary school music qualifications (such as Advanced Higher Music) and HND/Degree courses. Its breadth and depth afford you the opportunity to establish a strong foundation to progress in advanced musical training, nurturing a range of essential musical skills significantly beyond those generally acquired in school programmes. At the end of the year most successful students are automatically offered places on the college’s two year HND Music programme. Every year Introduction to Professional Musicianship students are given opportunities to perform for a wider audience within the college’s performing arts facilities.

What will I learn?

  • Instrumental/vocal studies
  • Live performance
  • Musical literacy
  • Compositional techniques
  • Music appreciation and aural skills
  • Songwriting
  • MIDI sequencing
  • Sound production

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

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 required but SQA Higher Music and English are considered desirable
  • Entry is by audition, auditions will continue to take place until the course is full. During the course of the pandemic, applicants may be asked to submit an audition video)
  • You are also invited to apply if you don't have formal qualifications but you have relevant life and/or work experience.

Entry requirements 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. 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

HND Music

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 and assessment of qualifications and/or experience (auditions will continue to take place until the course is full)
  • There will be 10 minute audition where you will be asked to perform a single piece of music of minimum Grade 3 standard on your principal instrument or voice. This should demonstrate as much of your musicianship and technique as possible. You must bring their 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.
  • Auditions will begin in February and continue until the course is full.
  • You will hear back 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 such as student funding, joining instructions, materials, induction date.

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 272 3777