Creative Industries: Music NC Level 6

What is special about this course?

If you are passionate about music in any of the three disciplines offered – performing, DJing or composing - and want to work in a challenging yet exhilarating industry, this course will set you on the right path.

You will work to prepare performances, record your own music and play gigs while working on theory and contextual study in class. you will need to be driven and enthusiastic to achieve the qualification.

With tutors currently working in the music industry, you will have direct access to real industry knowledge and experience about current trends while building a solid skill set for an exciting future. 

During your course, we introduce you to using a range of digital technologies, which will help you get the most from your course and at the same time develop your digital skills.  Find out more about key computing skills and essential student skills

Entry requirements

You should have at least 3 National 4 qualifications including Music at SCQF level 4 or equivalent practical experience. If you don’t meet our entry requirements, your previous experience may still qualify you for this course. Mature students will be considered on merit. All candidates will attend an interview.

You will work towards units at SCQF Level 6:

  • Digital DJing - an introduction
  • OR Solo Performance
  • OR Composition.

And will study a selection of the following:

  • Live performance
  • Music Literacy
  • Appreciation of music
  • Making a radio programme
  • MIDI sequencing
  • Creative project

Embedded core and essentail skills are an important part of your course.


Students should have their own instruments, cables and leads.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

You normally need to commit to 18 hours per week (2-3 days) of blended learning time consisting of timetabled learning and personal study.

For the practical elements of your course, some of your timetabled learning will probably take place in the Music Studio in Fort William.

Internet connection and a suitable device with headphones, microphone & camera (minimum spec) is required. Please email us if you have any concerns about connectivity or equipment.

How long will my course last?

34 Weeks

How will I be assessed?

    Throughout the year.

Where can I study my course?

    • Fort William

Start date

Late August/Early September


Most students have their course fees paid as this is a full time course. Please read our Fees & Funding information pages for more information regarding residency, previous study and bursary rates. Please contact if you have any further questions.

Rest of UK students : For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man), with a term-time address in Scotland, studying full time, the course fee is £5,800.

Some of our courses require students to have essential equipment/clothing.

If you are under 18, you are entitled to have essential equipment paid for whether you are entitled to Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) or not. However you must complete an application even if you know that you're not entitled to EMA.

If you are 18 and over and are eligible for a bursary, these costs will be met through your bursary. If you are not eligible for a bursary, you will need to fund these items yourself.


Students may also qualify for bursary funding.

Additional costs

Most students have their course fees paid as this is a full-time course. Please contact your local College centre or our Student Services Team for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

With NC Creative Industries: Music under your belt, you will be able to pursue a variety of opportunities in the music industry, or further your studies with HNC Music or Sound Production, either within UHI or further afield or BA (Hons) Applied Music.

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What our students, graduates and staff say

I have really enjoyed this year and I would definitely recommend this course to anyone who loves music. I have gained confidence in my musical ability due to how supportive and encouraging the lecturers are. Everyone in the course was really friendly and had a likeminded love for music. I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to be a part of a team to create an album from concept, to marketing, to production. I have also enjoyed being able to record music with others and experiment in different genres I usually wouldn’t play. 

I hope to carry on to HNC music. I aim to pursue a career in music and this course is a great foundation to show me the many different aspects of the performing arts and the different paths I can take to achieve my career plan and further explore my love for music by joining a band and writing original material at some point in the future. 

Ben Alderton

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