Commercial Music

UCAS codes

  • W340 -

Course contact

Allan Dumbreck or Jim Prime
+44 (0)141 849 4101

Qualifications and durations

Commercial Music
  • BA - 3 years
  • BA (Hons) - 4 years


  • Ayr
  • Off Campus

Start date(s)

  • September

Music is one of the UK’s largest industries by export alone and the professionally accredited Commerical Music course at University of the West of Scotland aims to enable those with talent, drive and ability to forge a varied, lifelong career incorporating performance, business, composition, production and sociology elements, in areas such as music promotion, tour management, sound engineering and production.


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  • SQA Highers: BBBC including English plus Maths at Standard Grade 3 or above, Intermediate 2 or National 4.
  • GCE A-Levels: CCC including English plus GCSE Maths at Grade C or above.
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: BBBC including English plus Maths at Ordinary Level grade c.
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 24 points (to include 2 Higher subjects at 4 points).
  • SQA Advanced Highers: BBC plus SQA Higher English plus Maths at Standard Grade 3 or above, Intermediate 2 or National 4.  HNC Music Business is also sufficient.
  • GCE A-Levels: BBC including English plus GCSE Maths at Grade C or above.
  • SQA HNC: Music, Music Performance, Music Technology or Music Production.
  • BTEC Extended Diploma: DDM. BTEC Level 4 HNC: Communication, Media or related subject.
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 28 points.
  • SQA HND/BTEC Level 5 HND/ Foundation Degree/Advanced Diploma: Music, Performance, Music Technology or Music Business.
  • There is no off campus programme offered.

Developed in response to industry, the focus is on a rapidly developing modern music business and the exciting opportunities brought about by new media. The course is structured around key skills and business modules which allows you to select modules suited to your own interests and career aspirations. 

Lecturers are practising music industry professionals and high profile guest speakers regularly bring their expertise to the course, most recently including Shirley Manson and Ricky Ross. 

International opportunities include performance at European festivals under our international exchange mechanism, placements in North America and the opportunity to study abroad at any of our international partner establishments. 

Open to those with an interest in music such as songwriters, producers, DJs, re-mixers, those wishing to run small record companies, develop artists or stage live events; the course will encourage you to develop a variety of specialisms, making you sufficiently versatile to sustain not one but several serial careers in the music industry.

Year 1

You will be introduced to performance, production and the sociology/industry environment; and will complete modules to develop transferable skills.

Year 2

Core classes range from analysis of media sources and intellectual property to professional practice. Performance options include songwriting and instrumental/ group skills. Production elements include digital music production, new media and website design and additional options include events production and investigation of the international music markets.

Year 3

You will undertake a major self-directed project and further explore options including songwriting and production modules. Work related learning is also offered as an option. These modules are underpinned by research focused study.

Year 4 (Honours)

You will undertake a major research project (dissertation); a creative project based in performance, technology or events; studies in entrepreneurship; and the construction of a business plan. You will also choose from a range of exciting options including film music/foley and a music project requiring you to release a single on a variety of platforms. You will work towards the prestigious showcase event and awards ceremony at Glasgow’s CCA.
Graduates are likely to have employment opportunities in scouting for record companies, music promotion, tour management, sound engineering, producing and becoming recording artists. A work-related learning module offers you an opportunity to gain experience in a relevant organisation or company. Project work, including record releases and performance events, will be staged regularly.


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 james_accredlogo_opt_OriginalThis course has been accredited by JAMES, the educational arm of the Association of Professional Recording Services (APRS).


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