The musicians guide to submitting your application

At Edinburgh College we offer both classical and popular music courses, allowing you to focus on solo and group performance skills, music theory, aural skills, technology, project work, research and composition. You will benefit from industry-standard facilities where you can practice, perform and record, including sound studios, rehearsal spaces and two auditoriums. What else do you need to kickstart your musical career?

So, you already have the talent, now let’s put it to work. Here’s a quick guide about the different courses available and what’s involved with the application process.

I want to apply for NC Music at Level 5

NC Music is the perfect course for you if you have some experience as a musician and would like to have the opportunity to increase your skills in performance.

Entry requirements for this course are, ideally, two qualifications at SCQF level 4. You should also have some experience playing an instrument or singing.

NC Music (level 5) is taught full-time at our Sighthill campus – this means you have the Music Box and all of its facilities to help you along your professional path.

I want to apply for NC Music at Level 6

This NC programme will prepare you for degree level study, with instrumental or vocal lessons and a range of classes and activities to support your learning.

When applying for this course, you need to specify your first study instrument (or voice) and whether you would like to study classical or pop music. Put this at the beginning of your personal statement!

Applicants must have Higher Music (or equivalent), a basic knowledge of music theory, a Grade 5 standard instrument or voice, and core skills at SCQF level 5.

NC Music (level 6) is a full-time course taught either at our Sighthill campus or Milton Road campus. Either way, you have industry-standard facilities to perfect your performance.

I want to apply for HND Music at Level 8

This course makes up the first two years of a three-year honours degree in music offered at Edinburgh College. This is a fantastic opportunity to further your career as a performer, composer, songwriter or teacher.

When applying for this course, you must specify your first instrument at the beginning of your personal statement!

Applicants should have Advanced Higher Music and two other Highers, knowledge of music theory at Grade 5 level, instrumental playing or singing at Grade 6 level, and some band or ensemble experience.

HND Music is taught at both our Sighthill and Milton Road campuses, allowing you to practice and perform like a pro.

All applicants will be invited to an audition and interview.

If you have any questions about these courses, you can call Course Information on 0131 660 1010 or email

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