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.
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.
From the current academic year, the HNC will have a new curriculum, which has been developed by the Scottish Qualifications Authority, in response to changes in the music industry. This has led to the HNC Music – Piping being developed to meet the requirements of the new curriculum, and there will be a greater range of subjects on offer, as well there being more credits available. It is planned to introduce an HND Music – Piping from 2020-2021. The HNC Music – Piping now offers 15 credits at SCQF Level 7.
The following Units are offered:
|Music First Study||3|
|Music Business for Musicians||1|
|Music: Live Performance Skills||2|
|Music Second Study Composition||1|
|Music History: Genres, Labels and Artists||1|
|Music: Organising a Community Musical Activity||1|
|Music Graded Unit||1|
|Music: Stagecraft for Musicians||1|
|Music Business Communication Skills||1|
|Sound Production: Location Recording||1|
This course comprises 15 credits at SCQF Level 7. The National Piping Centre offers students the opportunity to study this course full-time, part-time or per unit.
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.
- 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.