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.
** Please read and follow the 'audition instructions' for how to apply for this course in the interview requirements section (below) **
- 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
- 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.
Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements
Audition Instructions February 2021
Please record a video in which you
a) introduce yourself and
b) play or sing two short contrasting pieces on your first instrument.
In your introduction:
- give your name and say where you are from
- say a little bit about your musical experience (including how long you have been playing or singing, and any experience of playing with other people in bands or ensembles)
- say which if any music exams you have done (within school and/or outside school)
- say which pieces you are going to play or sing, and (if you can) say why you chose them
In your playing or singing:
- please make every effort to use backing tracks/accompaniment where appropriate. If you can’t source backing tracks/accompaniment, please play or sing unaccompanied.
The video should be uploaded to YouTube as per instructions here:
Please be careful to upload the video as ‘unlisted’ rather than ‘private’.
Please name the video in the following format:
your name – your chosen course and campus – your instrument, e.g.
Laurie Crump HND Music Sighthill recorder.
Please then put a link to the video within the personal statement section of your application.
Our staff will review your application and, in some cases, they will follow up by giving you a phone or video call. If you don't get a call, don't worry! It will be because the staff have got all the information they need from your video and the rest of your application.
If you can’t submit a video because you don't have an instrument at home (e.g. if you are a first study percussionist), or for any other reason, please let us know and we arrange an interview with you by phone or video call.
You may be offered a place on a course of a different level than the one you applied for. The staff team will place you on the course that they believe will best suit your needs and allow you to develop and progress within the department and beyond.
Progression And Articulation Routes
- This course is specifically designed for progression onto NC Music Level 6.
Course Cost And Funding Options
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."
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