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UAL Level 2 Diploma in Music (SCQF L5)

Campus Sighthill Campus

Qualification SCQF Level 5

Study mode Full time

Duration 42 weeks

Start date Aug 2023

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Course overview

The University of the Arts London (UAL) Level 2 Diploma in Music (SCQF Level 5), has replaced our previous L5 Music course.

Upon completion of the course, students will achieve the internationally recognised and highly regarded UAL Level 2 Diploma in Music Performance and Production – following a specialised Music pathway.

Offered at our specialist music building ‘The Music Box’ at the Sighthill campus, the one-year UAL Level 2 Diploma Music course is designed to introduce students to full-time music study and prepare them to progress to our UAL Level 3 Diploma in Music. In turn, the Level 3 course can lead to studying at Higher Education level.

Working in a highly supportive environment, students take their first steps in studying music at the college level. The classes and activities are designed to help build confidence as well as practical skills. Students also establish a knowledge of theory which acts as a foundation for future study.

Applicants will have some experience on their instrument or voice, to around Grade 3 level, but do not necessarily need to have studied music at school.

Music at Edinburgh College

We welcome applicants from all musical backgrounds and disciplines, including classical, popular, traditional and jazz.

Rehearsal and performance are at the heart of what we offer: students work regularly in supervised groups such as bands, instrumental ensembles, choirs and orchestras as appropriate.

Students perform in our excellent in-house spaces, as well as in many of Edinburgh's best venues including the Jazz Bar, Voodoo Rooms, the Mash House, Old St. Paul's, and Canongate Kirk.

Every music student is offered regular instrumental or vocal tuition. 

Students may study music at Edinburgh College for anything between one and five years. We offer a comprehensive programme culminating in a BA Music Honours degree offered in partnership with Kingston University London.

Our music courses are based in The Music Box (Sighthill) and CRE:8 (Milton Road): both purpose-built venues boast state-of-the-art facilities, including practice booths, classrooms, midi suites, rehearsal rooms, recording studios and auditoriums.

(Course subject to approval)

What you will learn
  • Introduction to music performance
  • Introduction to music production
  • Listening skills
  • Exploring music composition
  • Contextual research for music performance and production
  • Music performance skills and practice
  • Music production skills and practice
  • Music performance and production – project

How the course is assessed

  • As a project-based course, to best reflect industry practice, the course is mainly assessed through the completion of several integrated projects (rather than tests and exams).
  • Projects will be completed at various points of the year and submitted using relevant mixed-media portfolios, performances, and creative products such as recordings, videos and session files.
  • In addition to ongoing continuous assessment of project work, formative assessment forms a large part of the course with tutorial and feedback sessions taking place on a weekly basis. 

Number of days per week

  • 2.5 days per week with an additional time allocated for self-directed study

Entry requirements

  • English and Maths at SQCF level 4
  • Level 4 qualification in a related subject area
  • Instrumental or vocal experience to approximately Grade 3 level

Information on Tests / Auditions / Interview Requirements

When you submit an application, please specify your first study instrument (or voice), and whether you wish to study classical or popular music, at the beginning of your personal statement

Audition Instructions (February)

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 the 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 the instructions here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Go_HDCANWf8

  • 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 link the video to 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 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. 

Please note: 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 Requirements IELTS 5.5 (where English is not the first language)

Progression and Articulation Routes

  • UAL Level 3 Diploma in Music Performance and Production 

Career options

  • Performing musician
  • Composer
  • Songwriter
  • Classroom teacher
  • Instrumental or vocal teacher
  • Community musician

Study Options

Campus Study mode Start date Duration
Sighthill Campus Full time 28/08/23 42 Weeks

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