Getting Gig Ready NQ Level 6

What is special about this course?

This online course will take you through the steps of preparing and performing your own gig. The course is entirely online which means that you can study at your own pace with weekly drop-ins to catch-up with your tutor.

With the skills built up on this course you will have the knowledge to set up your equipment, prepare, promote, and then perform a gig, either online or in front of a live audience.


Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements, however candidates need to demonstrate sufficient ability on chosen instrument to perform live.

Throughout the course students will look at how to set up equipment, rehearse and prepare a set list, promote a gig and finally perform a gig.

Content will include:

  • Sound reinforcement
  • Understanding the signal path  
  • Creative project
  • Live performance promotion in the UK music industry  


Internet connection and a suitable device with USB microphone or audio interface and microphone to record performances with (minimum spec). You must also have your own instrument if required.   ​​​​​​

Please email us if you have any concerns about connectivity or equipment.

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Online

Online learning, with regular 1-1 feedback sessions arranged with tutor. 

How long will my course last?

19 Weeks

How will I be assessed?

    Students will be assessed throughout with short quizzes and assignments and a final performance assessment at the end of the course.

Where can I study my course?

Start date

Study on this course can start at anytime throughout the year.


For this academic year (2022-23) the course fee will be £270


For this academic year (2021-22),  funding is available to cover the full course fee.

This is only for students living in Scotland (as per fee waiver).

Additional costs

For this academic year (2021-22),  funding is available to cover the full course fee.

This is only for students living in Scotland (as per fee waiver).

What can I do on completion of my course?

This course provides a stepping stone to getting back to performing in public as a full or part-time musician. You can also progress from this course to our HNC or HND Music, which can lead onto the BA Applied music course.

Is there more information available online?

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I want to study in 2022/23

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