Higher National Certificate

Music

The HNC Music is an SQA Higher Education (university level) qualification that is equivalent to the first year of an undergraduate degree. The course allows you to focus on music performance and the music industry, and is aimed at singer-songwriters, vocalists, guitarists, drummers, keyboard and bass players.

HOW LONG IS IT FOR?

It is a full-time 3-term course studied over 1 year.

 

WHO IS IT FOR?

The course will suit musicians of any age (16+) who have at least three to four years of playing experience and want to refine their instrumental technique to professional standard, develop songwriting and music arranging skills, and gain business knowledge and contacts to manage their career in the music industry effectively.

You should be a confident, skilled performer able to sight-read notation, improvise competently and adapt to a range of musical genres.  Prior experience of playing/singing in front of an audience is essential, as is a good understanding of the modern music industry.

In addition, you will need to have Higher Music and Higher English, or a BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Music. We will consider all applicants on individual merit, but we assess your musical experience by way of audition.

 

WHAT DO I COME OUT WITH AT THE END?

You will have a formal qualification: the SQA Higher National Certificate Music. You will also have a grade between A-C depending on the quality of your Graded Unit project.

 

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

The HNC Music is equivalent to the first year of an undergraduate degree in music; and leads to an HND or 2nd Year of a degree. It may also help you on your way to a career as a musical performer, music teacher, songwriter, producer, music journalist, band manager, sound engineer and session musician.

 

WHERE IS THIS COURSE AVAILABLE?

Glasgow and Edinburgh

WHAT SUBJECTS WILL I STUDY?

Here are just some of the areas that you will experience: you will:
Study your instrument in a series of instrument-specific classes (i.e. guitarists will study with guitarists, singers with singers etc).

Compose, arrange and record your own music using iMac/Pro-Tools software in our own in-house recording studio.

Perform live in a band every week; learn at least two new songs every week, and perfect your rehearsal techniques.

Discover how the music industry works and what job opportunities there are for you Become familiar with music theory Perform at a gig at least once a term.

During your course, you will focus on the below HNC units:

  • • Music 1st Study 1: Instrument
  • •Music 2nd Study 1: Composition
  • •Instrumental Accompaniment
  • •Songwriting 1
  • •Music Theory 1
  • •Music History 1
  • •Live Performance Skills
  • •Stagecraft for Musicians
  • •Practical Musicianship
  • •Creative Industries Infrastructure
  • •Working in the Creative Industries
  • •Graded Unit 1: Music