Sound Production SCQF Level 8

This advanced level course is aimed at those who want to work in professional audio environments.


Why take this course?

This course is for those who want to work in professional audio environments. The course will train you in the specification, utilisation and deployment of professional audio equipment, as well as how to operate in the professional sound reinforcement and recording fields.

What you will experience

You will strengthen your understanding of working in the creative industries, and get the chance to make full use of our state-of-the-art media facilities. You will acquire skills in recording, sound reinforcement, multi-track mixing, music sequencing/programming and how to assess/remediate the acoustics of rooms and will also learn about legal issues, communication and management - essential in ensuring you have a well-rounded view of the different areas that exist within the industry.

four male students reading script in performance studio

Key facts

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a minimum of two Highers including Maths or Physics, or should have successfully completed the Music SCQF Level 6 course.

A Foundation Apprenticeship in any subject area will be considered equivalent as one unrelated Higher for entry to this course. 

For those returning to education, life skills and experience in industry may allow entry.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, please view the specific English language requirements for this course.

What you need to know

Next steps


At North East Scotland College

At University

You can progress to university upon successful completion of this course. Please see below for your options. Full information is available in the course specification PDF.


Typical employment options include:

  • Music Programmer
  • Producer
  • Sound Engineer
  • Sound Technician
  • Studio Recording Engineer

The following infographic provides information on current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire. Follow the link on the infographic to view a larger image.

For more information about job opportunities, salaries and employment rates in this industry, visit the Career Coach website.

Infographic detailing current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire


Aberdeen City Campus

STARTS Duration Code
August 2019
2 Years
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Online applications

You can apply for a place on this course by completing an online application form, which you can access using the 'Apply Online' button. Once completed, this will be received by our Admissions Team who will then process your application.

Paper applications

You may submit a paper application form, and return it to us completed and signed.

All completed paper applications should be returned to the following freepost address:

The Student Information & Admissions Manager
North East Scotland College
Aberdeen City Campus

Should you have any problems with your application, please contact the Student Advice Centre:

Telephone: 01224 612330

If you take up a place on a College course, at the start of the course you will be asked to sign an enrolment form. In signing the form and/or taking up a place on a College course, you will enter into a contract with the College and be bound by the North East Scotland College Standard Terms and Conditions of Study. Copies of the Terms and Conditions are available for inspection on notice boards and at various locations throughout the College, at the College Reception, on the College website:, or can be obtained on request from the Student Funding and Admissions Manager, North East Scotland College, Aberdeen City Campus, Gallowgate, Aberdeen AB25 1BN. Please note that courses are offered subject to (a) there being sufficient numbers of enrolments and (b) the availability of resources. The College reserves its right (i) not to run courses where the number of students is considered insufficient or where resources are unavailable and (ii) in certain circumstances, to refuse admission to an individual applicant.