SCQF Level 5
Music & Sound Production

Course Overview

Our National Certificate (Level 5) programme is a one-year, full-time course for budding musicians. It gives students a broad experience of college-level music, from which they may progress to higher levels of study; equally, it can stand on its own as an enjoyable and fulfilling course for personal development.

The programme sits at Level 5 within the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework. SCQF Level 5 also includes SQA National 5 school exams. However, our programme should not be confused with these: a full-time course of study at college offers a much wider range of musical experiences than could be delivered within a single subject at school.


What You Will Learn

  • Students work on their instrumental/vocal skills in small classes, with teaching from experienced specialists. There are weekly sessions for supervised group music making, and opportunities to rehearse at other times.
  • Performance classes for students focusing on popular music involve two-three hours a week of rehearsing and performing in bands, typically involving a singer, two guitars, bass and drums, with regular input from a lecturer. Students work through a wide range of different genres, and there are opportunities for individuals to take increasing ownership of their material as they progress through the years. Classes culminate in gigs in our excellent in-house spaces and in some of Edinburgh’s favourite music venues. Many students also take their learning into bands outside the college.
  • Performance classes for students focusing on classical music 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.
  • The course also includes creative projects, keyboard skills, aural skills and music theory. Students also learn about the appreciation of music and are introduced to various music technologies, including MIDI and sound engineering. 

Entry Requirements
  • Ideally you will have SCQF level 4 qualifications in two subjects
English Proficiency Requirements
  • IELTS 5.5
How the course is assessed
  • Assessment is ongoing throughout the course
Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements
  • You will be expected to play or sing two contrasting pieces at an audition.

Progression And Articulation Routes

Students who successfully complete our Music NC Level 5 with satisfactory attendance are guaranteed a place on our Music NC Level 6 programme, which can lead to Higher National Certificate/Diploma and/or degree-level study, either at Edinburgh College or elsewhere.

Download our progression route map here
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Student Stories

Tânia Rodrigues


‘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 college, I eventually progressed to HNC level. Today, I am studying for the BMus at The University of Edinburgh and am already working in music. 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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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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