Music SCQF 5 (Alness) NC

What is special about this course?

The National Certificate in Music is perfect for school leavers, adult returners and those looking to pursue a career in the music industry. The course provides an introduction to many aspects of the industry and will help learners to develop a range of creative skills. It is designed as a potential starting point for those interested in working in the music industry or as CPD for those already employed in some capacity within the industry.  The course also contains a National 5 Skills for Work Creative Industries award.


Entry requirements

  • Three National 4 qualifications
  • Ability to play a musical instrument to a reasonable level (Grade 1)
  • A love of music and performing
  • All applicants will be interviewed which will include an audition



  • Appreciation of music 
  • The Creative Process 
  • Creative Project 
  • Skills Development  
  • Creative industries an introduction  
  • Composing skills            
  • MIDI Sequencing                    
  • Live performance                    
  • Performing music on one instrument or voice                      
  • Sound engineering and production                          
  • Music literacy and aural skills           
  • You will also develop core skills in IT, communications and literacy. 

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Part Time

Theoretical knowledge will be delivered as part of practical based classes.

How long will my course last?

1 Academic Year

Where can I study my course?

    • Alness

Start date

Intakes are in September and January


Find out more about fees, fee waivers and funding options.

What can I do on completion of my course?

  • NC Music at SCQF Level 6

  • NC Sound Production at SCQF level 6

  • Enhanced career prospects within the creative industries

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Apply for Music SCQF 5 (Alness) NC

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI North, West and Hebrides. UHI North, West and Hebrides operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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