SCQF Level 5
Music & Sound Production

Course Overview

Level 5 Music is an innovative, project-based course designed specifically to prepare you with the fundamental knowledge and skills to progress onto NC level 6 Music or Sound Production.

You will study a first instrument, as part of a band, in a range of ensembles and experiment with genres. If you choose to focus on classical music this will involve regular rehearsal sessions with an accompanist and numerous opportunities to perform to lecturers and classmates. Many students work towards ABRSM or Trinity grade exams alongside their preparation for end-of-year recitals. Immerse yourself in creative projects and learn keyboard skills, aural skills and music theory. You will learn the fundamentals of music history and gain modern skills in music technology.


What You Will Learn

  • Performing Music on One Instrument or Voice (first study)
  • Live Performance
  • MIDI sequencing
  • Keyboard Skills for Music Production
  • Sound Engineering and Production
  • Music Theory
  • Music Composing Skills
  • Music Technology Skills

Entry Requirements

  • English and Maths at SQCF level 4
  • Level 4 qualification in related subject area
  • Basic understanding of fundamental musical concepts
  • Skill on at least one instrument or voice

English Proficiency Requirements
How the course is assessed
The course is mainly project based. You will be assessed continuously through a range of project and portfolio work
Progression And Articulation Routes
This course is specifically designed for progression onto NC Music Level 6.
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
Student Stories

We caught up with ex-student Tânia Rodrigues and asked how studying at Edinburgh College has contributed to her success:  


“Coming from a computer technology background I had very little experience in music but knew that I wanted to work as a musician. Starting on the introductory course at Edinburgh College I eventually progressed to HNC level. Today I am studying for the BMus at The University of Edinburgh and I am already working in the music industry. I can confidently say that this was possible thanks to Edinburgh College. The opportunity to change career paths through being a mature student was the best I could ever attain.”

Read more of our student stories here.

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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Music staff profiles

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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