SCQF Level 6
Music & Sound Production

Course Overview

This course is focussed on the music business and is designed to give you your first steps in breaking into the music industry.  The course will show you what it takes to be a success in this competitive industry and introduce you to a wide range of possible careers within the industry. This is a unique course taught by highly qualified and experienced lecturers in Edinburgh College state-of-the-art facilities. These include a 100-seat auditorium, Mac labs and recording studios.


Explore your career possibilities as you work directly with industry professionals and start your own record label, work with bands, learn essential marketing and events skills and attend major music-industry networking events. These will give you essential industry connections and explore your career possibilities. You will develop crucial skills in how to organise and create marketing campaigns; organise live events; create promotional materials; and set up a record label. You will gain up to date and specialist knowledge of all major areas of the industry including live music events and touring; scouting for new music acts; managing artists’ careers; effective marketing of artists online as well as covering legal issues including contracts and copyright.


What You Will Learn
  • Learn about the key sectors of the music business including Live Music, Record Labels and Music Publishing
  • Learn about all the different roles in the music industry and what they involve
  • Work in a group to create your own record label
  • Learn how to put on events and gigs
  • Create music promotional campaigns
  • Learn about copyright law as it applies to music
  • Learn about recording and live sound
  • Attend a variety of music networking events
  • Learn how to create artwork and promotional material for a band/artist 
Entry Requirements
  • Four National 5 Qualifications (one of which must be English)
  • An understanding of job roles and organisations in the music industry
English Proficiency Requirements
  • IELTS 5.5
How the course is assessed
  • Assessment is through project coursework and some written tests
Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements
Prior to being invited along for an interview you will be asked to complete a brief written task which should be completed at home and brought to the interview.
Progression And Articulation Routes
This course is designed to allow progression on to our HND Music Business
Download our progression route map here
Number Of Days Per Week/Day Of The Week/Time Of The Day
  • 3 days per week
Course Cost And Funding Options
Start Date(s)

Full Time

This course will start week commencing...
  • 24/08/2020
End Date(s)

Full Time

This course will end on...
  • 11/06/2021
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Courses may be subject to alteration or cancellation

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Edinburgh College's Music Department is fortunate to have a large and diverse Staff group, each one of whom has extensive experience of working in the industry.

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