Music Level 5
Campus Sighthill Campus
Qualification SCQF Level 5
Study mode Full time
Duration 41 weeks
Course enquiry form
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) **
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
How the course is assessed
- The course is mainly project based. You will be assessed continuously through a range of project and portfolio work.
Number of days per week
- 3 days per week
- 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
Information on Tests / 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.
English Proficiency RequirementsIELTS 5.5
Progression and Articulation Routes
- This course is specifically designed for progression onto NC Music Level 6.
|Campus||Study mode||Start date||Duration|
|Sighthill Campus||Full time||30/08/21||41 Weeks|
Funding & Fees
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