• Music and Sound

    HNC Music

  • SCQF Level

    Level 7

  • Attendance/Duration

    Full-time, one year

  • Start Date

    Aug 2024


If you aspire to pursue a career in the music industry, the HNC Music course is your stepping stone to success. Fuelled by your passion for music, this course equips you with the skills and knowledge you need to make your mark. Whether you're a seasoned musician or just starting out, this course offers a transformative journey through studio and live performance experiences.

Entry Requirements

To apply for this course, you’ll need:

  • a genuine passion for music
  • Higher Music, plus Core Skills at Level 5 OR relevant NC course at SCQF Level 6 or equivalent (eg. Access to HNC Music)
  • musical performance ability in at least one instrument or voice at Higher level
  • an audition and interview with us

If you don’t have formal qualifications but have life experience, then we’ll also consider you for a place, so please do apply.

Course Content

Some of what you may study:

  • stagecraft, audience interaction, technical performance skills, and stage persona development
  • songwriting, understanding song structures, and creating original compositions
  • composing, exploring various techniques and styles, and crafting musical compositions
  • Recording techniques, including multi-track recording processes
  • music theory fundamentals
  • non-performance aspects: explore the fundamentals of music business covering key areas crucial to the industry
  • Work Placement: Each student will have a job role working with events or business with our Record Label, Sun Turtle Records.
  • In addition to these enriching experiences, you'll dedicate up to a day each week to rehearse with your band in our state-of-the-art rehearsal studio complex. Furthermore, there's the exciting possibility of showcasing your talents at live gigs in the college theatre, as well as at local pubs and clubs across Ayrshire.

    Next Steps and Career Opportunities

    After you have successfully completed this course, you may have several paths to choose from:

    • progress to HND Music
    • pursue a music performance or production degree at a university
    • explore various career options in the music industry, including roles like Professional Musician, Music Teacher, Music Producer, DJ, and more

    Your qualifications and abilities, coupled with determination, open doors to a diverse range of music-related careers. For more information on the course or application details, please get in touch with us.

    Why Choose This Course?

    Join the HNC Music course at Ayrshire College for a passionate journey into the music industry. Benefit from an exclusive collaboration with BBC Radio Scotland Introducing. You will learn a diverse skillset, including stagecraft, song writing, and recording techniques. Network with professionals and showcase your talent at live gigs. After completing this course, progress to HND Music or pursue music-related careers. Your qualifications and determination open doors to music opportunities.

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    Start Date

    Aug 2024

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