Edinburgh College


Milton Road Campus, Sighthill Campus


This programme makes up the first two years of a full Honours degree in music offered at Edinburgh College. Students may leave after the first year with an HNC, after two years with an HND, and after three years with a BMus Honours degree. Our HND is awarded by SQA (Scottish Qualifications Authority).

Students have many opportunities to rehearse and perform with other musicians in supervised groups such as bands, ensembles, choirs and orchestras as appropriate; they also gain experience as both performer and engineer in the recording studio. Performance classes for students focusing on popular music involves 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; there are also opportunities to rehearse independently.

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.

Content: Solo performance; Group performance; Music theory and composition; Keyboard harmony; Songwriting; Music history; Recording techniques; Audio for mulitmedia; Music business; Community music; Mixing; Research; Sound for visuals; Instrumental teaching; Online promotion.

Entry Requirements

3 Highers including Music. Interview. Grade 6 standard in an instrument or singing required; Some band or ensemble experience. You will be expected to attend an audition which may include a theory test. Please specify your first study instrument or voice on your application and whether you wish to study classical or popular music.

Progression Routes

BMus (Hons) at Edinburgh College

Start Date




Study Method

Full time

Course Length

1 year


Media, Music and Sound Production

SCQF Level