Accredited by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), it is written in partnership with education professionals and industry experts, reflecting the current music industry and allows for further progression onto higher levels of study, expanding career opportunities and personal development.

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HND Music at AMS
Professional Tutors
Regional Centres
• Undertake a key role in a band
• Engage in a recorded music performance
• Gain experience as a session musician
• Compose and perform your own music
• Collaborate with others to create original music
• Develop and refine your lyric writing skills
• Undertake a key vocals role in a band
• Engage in a recorded music performance
• Gain experience as a session musician



  • Pathway-specific tuition with professional musicians
  • Gain a working comprehensive knowledge of the music industry
  • Perform and organise your own gig in collaboration with other musicians
  • Compose, arrange and record your own music using industry standard software
  • Exclusive access to our Higher Education enrichment programme

HND Units

Year 1

Music History 1
Creative Industries Infrastructure
Music First Study 1: Instrument
Live Performance Skills
Music: Instrumental Accompaniment (Glasgow)
Songwriting 1
Graded Unit 1: Music
Music Theory 1
Professional Practice
Stagecraft for Musicians
Working in Creative Industries
Music Second Study 1: Composition
Music Sequencing (Edinburgh)

SQA Music

Level: 4
Length: 1 year
Fees: £1,655
SAAS Funded
Study Locations: Glasgow • Edinburgh

Entry Requirements

Minimum of a Higher Music and Higher English, or an NC in Music or completed a creative industry apprenticeship, plus a successful audition and interview.


You will be able to progress to study a HND. During your time with us, besides industry networking, you will have gained transferable skills such as communication, personal development and teamwork.

Audition & Interview

Our qualifications require a successful audition and interview to enrol onto a course, but don’t be nervous! The auditions are on a 1-1 basis to assess your future potential to see what you can do, rather than what you can’t. It’s a great chance for you to see the centre, meet our fantastic tutors and ask any questions. You’re coming to us to learn and improve your skills, so we appreciate everyone has their strengths.

How to Apply
Our HNC courses are only available at our centres in Scotland. Contact Edinburgh or Glasgow to book your audition and interview.