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The National Piping Centre exists to promote the study of the music and history of the Highland Bagpipe.
Patron HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, KG, KT, GCB.
Founders: Sir Brian Ivory, CBE, FRSE - Lady Ivory, DL - Sandy Grant Gordon, CBE.    Read More

About the Course

What is an HNC?

An HNC or Higher National Certificate is a nationally approved qualification validated by the Scottish Qualifications Authority. It is a qualification which is at Level 7 in the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF 7). This framework links to other UK wide and International credit transfer frameworks. Some useful information can be found here.

HNC courses are designed to equip students with both practical skills and theoretical knowledge in their chosen subject. They are vocationally focused and as such geared towards specific careers.

Successful completion of an HNC usually ensures access to year two of an HND programme or sometimes to a University Degree course.

Course Content

The HNC Music with Piping as 1st instrument consists of 9 units of study at SCQF Level 7.

Each unit is credit bearing. Credits are weighted according to hours of study where 1 credit is 40 hours of study. Hours of study comprise class contact time in addition to private study by the student.

The following Units are offered:

Unit Credits
Music First Study 1: Bagpipe 3
Music Theory 1 1
Music History 1 1
Music: Live Performance Skills 1 2
Organising a Community Music Project 1
Music Grade Unit 1 1
Working in the Creative Industries 1
Creative Industries Infrastructure 1
Professional Practice for Musicians 1

This course comprises 12 credits at SCQF Level 7. The National Piping Centre offers students the opportunity to study this course full-time, part-time or per unit.

Study Mode

There are several ways that you can study for the HNC Music - Piping

Full-Time - 2 semesters per year

Part-Time - 1 semester per year

Per Unit - Most units in this qualification are worth 1 credit with the exception of Music First Study which is worth 3 credits and Music Live Performance which is worth 2 credits.

The course will be delivered at The National Piping Centre and classes will be run Monday through to Friday between the hours of 9am and 5pm.

Entry Requirements

  • 1 Scottish Higher at Grade C or above, or its equivalent plus passes in at least 2 other subjects at National 5 or equivalent
  • NC in Music
  • Prospective students must demonstrate their ability in playing the Highland Bagpipe at an audition/ interview

Prospective students without the standard entry requirements are encouraged to contact The National Piping Centre to enquire about the course as consideration will be given to other relevant qualifications and experience.

The National Piping Centre exists to promote the study of the music and history of the Highland Bagpipe.
Patron HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, KG, KT, GCB.
Founders: Sir Brian Ivory, CBE, FRSE - Lady Ivory, DL - Sandy Grant Gordon, CBE

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HRH The Prince Charles,
Duke of Rothesay, Patron

with Founders, Sir Brian and Lady Ivory and the Lord Provost Bob Winter on the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of the Opening of The National Piping Centre.

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