Music: Rock and Pop

New College Lanarkshire


Motherwell Campus


Just like former NLC student, Lewis Capaldi, musicians and performers are among the most disciplined and dedicated professionals within the creative industries. Hours are spent perfecting their skills – not because they have to, but because it’s their passion. The music industry is highly competitive, but with the right learning and education it’s possible to get ahead of the competition.

This highly practical course focuses on the foundations of musicianship; you will develop your performance, songwriting and theory skills whilst building your knowledge of how the music industry works to prepare you to move on to the HNC course.

As well as rehearsal and classroom based activities, there will be lots of opportunities to perform, with performance showcases taking place at Glasgow-based music venues including Box, The Classic Grand and Ivory Blacks. In addition to this, you'll have the opportunity to record at state-of-the-art recording studios.

Modules covered include: Music: live performance; Music: songwriting; Music: solo performance (instrument/voice); MIDI sequencing; Creative project; Music: management in the music industry.

Entry Requirements

2 subjects at National 5; English and Music preferred; or relevant national qualifications at SCQF Levels 4 and 5; audition.

You should bring copies of any qualifications you have with you and a passport size photograph.

For this you are asked to prepare two contrasting musical pieces on your main instrument/voice, one of which can be an original composition.

Your main instrument should be either guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, drums, saxophone or vocals.

All auditionees should provide their own backing track(s).

Progression Routes

HNC Music, HNC Sound Production

Start Date




Study Method

Full time

Course Length

1 year


Music and Music Business

SCQF Level