Music NC Level 6

What is special about this course?

If you are interested in Music and have a passion for working in what is a challenging yet exhilarating industry, this course will set you on the right path.

You will work together in small groups to prepare performances, record your own music and play gigs while working on theory and contextual study in class. Students need to be driven and enthusiastic to achieve the highest results.

Most of NC Music is not specific to a particular genre. Performance is offered in many instruments of the Scottish tradition. We also offer tuition in typical rock/pop instruments, including guitar, bass, drums and keyboards. We may also be able to offer tuition in other instruments and styles – please get in touch for details.

Core Skills are an integral part of the course and you will study ICT, Numeracy and Communication. These will be closely tied in with the other units you are studying and will enable you to move on with confidence to your next educational step or place of employment.

Entry requirements

You should have at least 3 Standard Grades including Music at SCQF level 4 or National 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.

  • MIDI Sequencing: create your own compositions/arrangements using a specially set up computer workstation
  • Sound Engineering and Production: use of Pro Tools software to record, edit and mix tracks
  • Music Literacy: read and write music, understand harmonies, bass lines and chord progressions
  • Aural Skills: recognise intervals, chords and rhythm
  • An Introduction to the UK Music Industry
  • Appreciation of Music
  • Live performance: work together in groups with the opportunity to perform in front of audiences in a range of events throughout the year
  • Solo performance: you will have one to one lessons on your chosen instrument to develop your skills and ability. You may also have the opportunity to perform as a soloist at select events
  • Core Skills Numeracy, ICT and Communication
  • You will also undertake a creative project.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

Practical, written and project work.

How long will my course last?

34 Week

This full time course is available in Fort William, students will attend college 3 days a week for 34 weeks.

How will I be assessed?

    Throughout the year.

Where can I study my course?

    • Fort William

Start date



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

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

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.

If you are under 18, you are entitled to have essential equipment paid for whether you are entitled to EMA or not. However you must apply for EMA even if you know that you’re not entitled to EMA.

If in any doubt or if you want detailed information, please call student services on 01397 874321.


Students may also qualify for bursary funding.

What can I do on completion of my course?

With NC 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

We get lots of creative freedom on this course. I am making the most of spending time with other musicians: discussing ideas and jamming. We are also recording a 4 track EP as part of our creative project.

I didn’t have music qualifications before I started but I have played rhythm guitar for several years and I knew I wanted to develop that, move on to lead playing and also learn bass and gain more confidence in writing and singing my own songs. The specialised instrument lessons we get really helps with that.

This course has opened doors for me and I want to pursue music as a career. I plan to come back next year and study HNC Music.

Iain Macdonald

Apply for Music NC Level 6

I want to start in 2019/20

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at West Highland College UHI. West Highland College 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.