Music Business HNC

Course code 31WN

What is special about this course?

This dynamic course will provide you with the experience and knowledge to gain employment in various sectors of the music industry.

Studying at Perth College UHI, one of the best equipped facilities in Scotland, you will benefit from real opportunities, experienced and dedicated staff and strong industry links. 

Alongside your studies, you will have the opportunity to gain experience working in event/festival management, music conference management, digital marketing and with record labels and arts organisations. Our students are regularly offered placements and employment opportunities throughout the course.

The teaching team are all active in their disciplines and have strong links with current employers in the music industry, within the UK and further afield. These links enhance the education experience and provide a valuable insight into the contemporary music industry.

An impressive guest speaker programme forms part of the course. Previous speakers have included Ketih Harris (Stevie Wonder's manager), Universal Music, Columbia Records, BBC Radio 1, Frightened Rabbit, Idlewild, Creative Scotland and the Scottish Music Industry Association.

After successful completion of the HNC, you may progress on to the second year of the BA (Hons) Music Business.

Special features

  • You will study at Perth College UHI in state-of-the-art music facilities
  • Small class sizes provide a more personal learning experience
  • You will be supported by staff who are active in the industry
  • You will have the opportunity to attend industry events. Previous students have attended SXSW (USA), Eurosonic (Netherlands), BIME (Spain), Reeperbahn Festival (Germany) and Tallinn Music Week (Estonia)
  • You will have the opportunity to undertake work placements across Scotland, UK and Europe
  • You will learn how to establish your own music business


We offer modern student accommodation in Perth ideally suited to students on this course.

Entry requirements

  • 1 Scottish Higher at grade C or above OR
  • 1 A level at grade D or above OR
  • Foundation Apprenticeship Creative and Digital Media
  • You will be required to attend an interview
  • Prospective students without the standard entry requirements as listed above are encouraged to apply


Access routes

  • NPA in Music Business
  • NC Music
  • NC that includes communication, numeracy and IT skills

Year 1 - HNC

Mandatory units are:

  • Music law
  • Music industry 
  • Music history: genres, record labels and artists
  • Music industry: marketing and promotion
  • Music business: artist management
  • Music business: communicatoin skills
  • Music business: resleasing a record
  • Music business: running a live music event
  • Music business: graded unit 1
  • Music industry: budgeting and accounts
  • Music business: understanding sound production
  • Music publishing

How will I study my course?

Additional information for course delivery in 2021-22

From September 2021, it is our intention that physical campuses will be open to all students for access to study facilities, support services and social activities, subject to Scottish Government guidance. Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff. We will continue to review government guidance as restrictions shift and will inform you of any further changes to the information provided below about your course. You will study the course through our blended learning approach. From September , where practical and safe to do so, on-campus practical delivery will be prioritised in line with the developing Scottish Government public health measures and guidance, including social distancing, where this is not possible alternative options will be available. The theory elements will be delivered online through a combination of video conference seminars, tutor-supported study and self-directed study using the university's virtual learning environment. You can access your online and video-based classes from home however it is our intention to provide on-campus space for individual students where required as far as possible. Further information will be provided by your home campus. You will have an opportunity to attend an online induction at the start of the course. International students requiring a Student Route visa to study with us must access scheduled classes on-campus
  • Full-time
  • You will study by way of face-to-face lectures and tutorials in the classroom and practical sessions in the studio.

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 1 year

Where can I study my course?

  • Perth College UHI

Start date

  • September


For students normally domiciled in Scotland, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

This includes

  • EU nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK,
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with settled status in the UK
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.
Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2020-212021-22
Full-time per year £1,285 £1,285

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2020-212021-22
Full-time per year £6,720 £6,915

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living while studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK, including EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled or pre-settled status in the UK, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

This includes EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are not self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2020-212021-22
Full-time per year £7,020 £7,230


External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact Perth College UHI for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

This course provides the flexibility to focus on your individual interests and develop the necessary employability skills required for a successful career in the music industry. Graduates of the course are working in a variety of areas of the profession across Scotland, the UK and Europe, including:

  • Events and festival management
  • Digital music industries
  • Arts organisation management
  • Business development
  • Live music promotion
  • Artist management
  • Social media management
  • Marketing and public relations

Can I progress into further study?

You can progress to the BA (Hons) Music Business (year 2) at Perth College UHI

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Apply for Music Business HNC

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2022

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands. We operate a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.