Important Student Update


Dear Student,

I hope that each of you are keeping in good health and coping with the current lockdown. In addition to this, I appreciate and understand the added anxiety some of you may have regarding the achievement of your current course. 

In line with SQA guidelines (,

Coronavirus support – Students and staff at FE colleges – SQAWhere it has not been possible to complete the Graded Unit (for example, you have no access to necessary resources or equipment due to the lock-down), college staff will use any Graded Unit work completed to date, plus a range of other assessment evidence, to predict and award a grade where it is possible to do

your experienced lecturers will review all the available assessment evidence already submitted and assess whether you have met the course aims. Using this evidence, and their knowledge of your engagement and progress, your lecturers will determine your result based on your performance to date. 

To allow lecturers to make a valid and precise decision (especially for those progressing to courses with limited spaces), they may request some further engagement during the lockdown period. Where this is the case, I would highly encourage you to fully engage if you can. If this isn’t possible, you must still inform them and alternative arrangements will be made on a case-to-case basis. By continuing to engage, you will ensure that there is comprehensive evidence available for your lecturers to refer to when they decide on a final result for you.

For HN Students, all of the above will help your lecturers to determine the outcome of your course and your overall grade for your Graded Unit. 

For NC/NQ Students, all of the above will help your lecturers to determine the outcome of your course as a whole.

These procedures have been carefully designed and discussed within the course teams to SUPPORT YOU and no student should be feeling anxious of this process. If you have any concerns or questions regarding this email please do not hesitate to contact your lecturers or, if you wish, respond directly to me. Please include your full name, student number and current course in all communication.

Kind Regards

Darren Paramasivan

Curriculum and Quality Leader:  Music and Sound Production

Events News

Question Session 2020

This year’s Question Session is due to take place once again on Saturday 8th February at The Lighthouse in Glasgow and promises to further enhance it’s reputation as an essential mainstay event in Scotland’s creative industries calendar. The schedule for Question Session 2020 looks as exciting as ever with a fantastic array of guests, workshops, performances and of course networking opportunities.

Launched in 2016, Question Session is committed to educating people about the music industries. Through an online educational portal, news and reviews blog and a comprehensive music conference, Question Session encourages learning, development and networking.

Each event allows attendees to collectively engage in a range of activities delivered by industry practitioners. Through discussions, exercises and practical training, participants can raise questions, debate and demonstrate the skills and knowledge they have learned. Question Session promotes inclusion and has initiated change by ensuring that each conference line-up demonstrates a 50:50 gender balance. In addition, the content exhibits accessibility, giving everyone a platform for discourse and an opportunity to learn and progress.

It is free to enter, with sessions and activities commencing at 10 am and finishing at 5pm.​


Creative Sound Production 2020

The new year see’s the launch of a full range of Sound Production courses at New College Lanarkshire, catering for every qualification level from entry to National & Higher National through to degree. These comprehensive courses offer learners the perfect opportunity to attain the requisite skill set associated with being a modern sound engineer operating within the creative industries covering a range of disciplines including; studio recording, post production for film & TV, live sound engineering, synthesis and sampling, location recording, game audio, format mastering and much more.

Students are taught in a professional environment utilising state of the art facilities whilst receiving training from experienced lecturers with a diverse range of backgrounds, all of whom are able to share their knowledge and guidance whilst navigating course content. There are a range of extra curricular opportunities and self generated projects all designed to further enhance the training and learning of students by providing real life industry experience, engaging with artists and clients, event production and management, class/solo visits to industry partners etc.

The college facilities are put at the disposal of students who are given the opportunity to  hire a full range of sound production equipment with the department also operating an evening studio booking system for recording bands or even just for some extra hands on time outwith normal college hours. Check out the full range of courses available and application details on the college website HERE


The Restart Project – NHS Scotland/New Rhythms for Glasgow

New College Lanarkshire in partnership with NHS Scotland and New Rhythms for Glasgow have been offering an Access to Music and Sound Production course at Maryhill and Bridgton in Glasgow. Named the Restart Project, the main emphasis of the course is to break down social and institutional barriers giving access to adults who may feel excluded from mainstream education.

Each individual is assigned a Vocational Guidance Tutor who works with them to set goals, create personal development plans and explore possible progression opportunities within the Creative Industries. The tailor-made course offer individuals the opportunity to;

  • Have a greater sense of hope for the future
  • Increase self-belief and build resilience
  • Learn new vocational skills
  • Have greater feelings of social inclusion

Students from the Restart Project were invited to Cumbernauld Campus to work with our HNC Sound Production Students to record a cover version of ‘Rocks’ by Glasgow band, Primal Scream. For most, this was their first time in a recording studio but handled the pressure extremely well and looking forward to their next recording session in the New Year.

Darren Paramasivan, Curriculum and Quality Leader added, ‘This unique partnership has allowed us to shape our courses to the individual and complex needs of our students and to invest time and effort to gently develop them for progression into mainstream education and beyond. Combining all the agencies’ diverse skillsets and approaches, the course has helped our students to recognise their own strengths and capabilities and to gain the confidence of appreciating their own talents that may never have been realised’.


Students join Jack Whitehall on Hydro stage

Students from New College Lanarkshire swapped their studies for the stage, the biggest in Scotland, after joining comedian Jack Whitehall on his UK tour, ‘Stood Up’.

BA Musical Theatre, HNC and HND Music students performed alongside the comedian at the SECC Hydro in Glasgow on 19 and 20 November. The 10 students formed part of his final act, performing as backing vocalists and dancers in the explosive end to the show. HND Music student, Chloe Dawkins, said:

“It was great to be onstage with my fellow classmates at such a prestigious event. Jack was really welcoming and very complimentary of our performance. Having been on the music course for the second year running, we have gained a considerable amount of performance experience which has set us up all well for working at a professional level.”

The students performed at The Hydro after a day of auditions at the College’s Motherwell Campus for the BBC’s Little Mix – The Search competition, which is looking for incredible singers to form a brand new band to support Little Mix on their UK Summer Tour 2020.

HNC Music student, Lauren Kelly, said:   “We had a class in the morning, met with the BBC afterwards to audition, then rushed to the Hydro in Glasgow to meet with Jack and his team to get ready to perform. We are all having such a great experience in performance classes, while learning about the business side of things too and it’s events like this which make us all proud to be part of a course with such a great reputation in the industry.”

Lecturer Scott Cowie, said:   “Our music courses have a great reputation across Scotland and beyond and we endeavour to provide all our students with the best and most varied experiences available.

In the hunt for performers to join him onstage, Jack’s management got in touch directly – which I imagine comes after a year of fantastic publicity for the courses with our alumni including international superstar (and America’s sweetheart) Lewis Capaldi, Adam Warrington from Yungblud and the award winning Matthew McGoldrick from the Vegan Leather.

I am exceptionally proud of how the students conducted themselves through these high pressure situations, showcasing themselves as true professionals ready for anything the industry throws at them.”

New College Lanarkshire has a range of Music and Performing Arts courses. For more information, search New College Lanarkshire.