Course Overview

This Level 6 Top-up programme is designed to allow you to progress from a prior approved qualification to an Honours level degree.

Course Structure

This programme underpins the development of your practical skills as a musician with key theories, context and the development of academic skills.

The programme is intended to be predominantly practical in its assessment and delivery, but with key theories and contextual information delivered as part of the course programme to underpin these practices.

Modules Covered

  • Creative Technology (20 credits)
  • Independent Project (40 credits)
  • Pre-production Professional Portfolio (20 credits)
  • Advanced Musicianship (20 credits)


  • Teaching and Mentoring in the Creative Industries (option - 20 credits)


  • Freelance Working and Self-Employment in the Creative Industries (option - 20 credits).

Teaching Methods

Tutorial sessions are worked in to the scheme of work for each unit to ensure that you are offered one-to-one support. You will also be supported through regular assessment workshops.

There will be guest masterclasses from visiting professionals periodically throughout the year to give further context to the content delivered in the lectures.


Critical reflection forms a major part of the assessment for all the modules, with the development of portfolios providing much of the evidence for your reflection of learning and development. This should also help to provide you with a completed portfolio of work that could help you to enter employment when finishing the programme.

This project work allows for formative assessment to be ongoing throughout a module. Your tutors will maintain close contact with you throughout these projects, giving evidence for both formative and summative assessment whilst the module progresses.

Additional Costs

Please see below a list of additional course costs:

  • Equipment: £100 Maximum (optional cost)
  • Trips/visits to exhibitions etc.: £500 (optional cost)
  • Teaching and Mentoring module (Optional ), if a DBS check is required the current cost is £44

Total additional costs £600

Entry Requirements

Typically an HND qualification in Music or a related discipline or 120 credits at NQF Level 5, or equivalent.

You should also be qualified to at least Grade 6 (or equivalent) on your primary instrument and you will be required to demonstrate this in an audition.

We also consider individual applicants who can demonstrate relevant learning, work/voluntary experience, using our Recognition of Prior Learning process. Please contact the admission team for further information and support.

Information, Advice and Support

Careers Guidance

Help with choosing the right course and with thinking about where this might take you in the future.
Email: [email protected]

Student Finance

Money matters - you may be entitled to financial support whilst you study.
Tel: 01274 088503 (HE).
Email: [email protected]

Learning Support

Support for applicants with a learning difficulty, disability, illness or other learning need.
Tel: 01274 088344
Email: [email protected]

For all other queries call 01274 088088

Fees Information

We believe that quality degrees should not cost the earth. That's why our competitive tuition fees provide you with a quality experience that includes more taught hours than those at most universities, good levels of tutor access, and support with small teaching groups. More information on our competitive tuition fees

Programme Specification