Sound Production NPA

What is special about this course?

If you would like to know more about sound production the recording process, and the theory behind it, then this intensive course will be just right for you.

The course covers the studio skills, basics of audio engineering and the chance to work on a creative project which brings together all of the skills you have learned.

You’ll have the chance to study with award winning professional lecturers with strong links to the music recording industry Scotland.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course, but candidates would benefit from previous experience of a sound production and/or a music course or related study. 

Candidates may be required to attend an interview.

You will study the following units at SCQF level 6, along with one optional unit:

  • Sound Engineering and Production
  • Sound: Understanding the Signal Path

On-line materials will be available to participants four weeks in advance of the practical course.  Work sheets and on line support will provided for this stage of the course.

The practical week will be an intensive programme, recording performances both of solo material and group items from musicians within the college music department, and working on the plans for a public performance at the end of the course.

On-line materials will then be available for the remaining six weeks of the course.

You will cover the basics of audio engineering, the recording process using Pro Tools, understanding the signal path, the creation of a podcast or song for a creative project and setting up a live PA system

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time

This part time course will be based in our Music Department in Fort William.   It will consist of 10 weeks of online study and a 4 day practical intensive course based at the college.

Online materials will be available 4 weeks before the start of the course and for a further 6 weeks afterwards.

How long will my course last?

10 weeks online study and a 4 day intensive practical course – total study time : 80 hours

Where can I study my course?

    • Fort William

    Please note, UHI West Highland will be changing its name to UHI North, West and Hebrides in August 2023, subject to Scottish Government approval. This will not impact on your choice of course or how and where you will study.


£240. Funding may be available towards the cost of this course, please contact us for further information.


Students may qualify for bursary funding.

Funding of up to £200 is available to help with payment of course fees, depending on your personal circumstances.

This support will be available for people who are 16 or over, living in Scotland and either in low paid work or actively seeking work. To be eligible, you must have income of £22,000 a year or less, or be on certain benefits.

You will also not be undertaking any secondary, further or higher education, SDS funded training or participating on the Community Jobs Scotland programme.

Please contact your local college centre for more information about funding, or call us on 01397 874000.

What can I do on completion of my course?

This course would be an ideal for anyone who wanted to gain skills and confidence in sound production for pleasure, to enhance their current studies in music, or as a route to further study in the future.

It would be a great start to anyone interested in studying music subjects in either further or higher education, including our NC Music, HNC Music or the BA (Hons) Applied Music.

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I want to start in 2023/24

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI West Highland. Please note, UHI West Highland will be changing its name to UHI North, West and Hebrides in August 2023, subject to Scottish Government approval. This will not impact on your choice of course or how and where you will study. UHI West Highland 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.