Galway Community College
Further Education

Music Performance

Music Performance


QQI Level 5 Course Code: 5M2011

Co-ordinator: Dr. Mark Keane


Course Outline

The Music Performance course is designed for students who are seeking to pursue a career in music performance or continue to further music education at third level. The programme modules compliment the creative music performance work of the student by giving a broad knowledge base on the music industry, composition and theory skills. Students also perform regularly in live music venues in Galway City as part of their assessment and work experience.



€175 GCC Student Services Fee applies to all learners.
€50 QQI Certification Fee applies to all learners except

  • Those in receipt of Back to Education Allowance.
  • Medical Card Holders (valid at time of Registration).

Non EU Students are subject to an International Fee.

We advise non-EU citizens living outside Ireland to contact the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service on to ensure the course you are considering applying for is eligible for a student visa. Non-EU citizens living in Ireland are welcome to apply and require a PPS number (Personal Public Service Number). Non-EU citizens are required to pay a tuition fee set by the Irish government which is currently €3653. Some exemptions apply, for further information, please contact

Information on Migrant Eligibility to Access FE Programmes is available here.

Work Experience

Work experience takes place throughout the academic year in different areas of the music industry including recording, concerts, sessions, teaching or event production.

Special Features

Perform in Galway city and record in professional studios. Publish your music on the latest Sibelius software. Preparation for University and ABRSM examinations

Entry Requirements

QQI Level 4, minimum of 17 years of age at time of registration, Leaving Certificate/Leaving Certificate Applied, Equivalent qualifications from other countries, relevant life experiences, relevant work experiences and mature students.

Students are expected to play their chosen instrument/voice to a high performance standard. Auditions take place at the end of August where applicants are required to perform two short and contrasting pieces.


For information please visit our Progression and Career Guidance pages under Student Supports

Opportunities open to students who did not achieve the desired Leaving Certificate to allow entry to your desired course from the CAO system, you can have the opportunity to achieve up to 390 points in a PLC course and gain access to 3rd Level or for mature students who did not complete a Leaving Certificate to gain access to 3rd Level.

Please Note

Galway Community College reserves the right to make changes to any course, to limit the number of places available or to withdraw a course. No part of this information shall be deemed to form a contract between the college and a student or a third party.

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Further Education Open Day
Mar 18
Bank Holiday College Closed
Mar 25
Easter Holidays
Apr 29
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