Course Overview

The programme is delivered by experienced practising music professionals and academics, all of whom have a wide range of skills and relevant industry experience.
The principal aims of the programme are to:
  • provide you with a professional foundation for a range of artistic and technical careers in the music industry and other related fields.
  • develop you as a competent musician and music technologist who is equipped with the necessary skills to create, perform and produce music to a professional standard. 
  • develop the skills you require to work independently and autonomously through work-based learning and vocationally focused assessment.
  • enhance your employability within the creative industries by promoting a collaborative approach to teaching and learning across different disciplines. 
  • offer a practical course of study in music where theory and practice are fused and in which both conceptual awareness and practical, creative skills are developed and applied in work-related contexts. 
  • provide you with skills in research, analysis, problem-solving and critical reflection and the visual, written and verbal communication skills required of a graduate entrant to the music industry. 
The department has links with many venues and organisations around the city – this has resulted in us being able to stage gigs and events in professional environments that will enrich your learning experience. These include The Underground, Kala Sangam, Delius Arts Centre and Black Dyke Mills Heritage Venue. Graduates of the course have also gone onto work and perform professionally in these venues - the links established on the course have been invaluable in securing this employment.  

Course Structure

The first year of the programme includes professional practice and project based modules, alongside the embedding of specific skills in music theory, sequencing and songwriting. You will also focus on live performance, with regular gigs and workshops taking place to ensure your musicianship improves throughout the programme. 
In the second year of the programme you will be able to choose your specialism, either a performance or a technology/production related route. This will allow you to develop more specific skills in the area that you wish to become employed in. It will also allow for further collaboration between yourself and other students, as both performance and production skills will be taught very specifically, resulting in high quality productions and performances. 

Modules Covered

Year 1:
  • Aural Perception and Music Theory
  • Music Project
  • Songwriting Techniques
  • Music Sequencing Technology
  • Music Performance Studies
  • Creative Industries Context
Year 2:
  • Composing for Film and TV or Audio Post Production
  • Collaborative Project
  • Live Events Process and Production
  • Improvisation or Sampling and Synthesis
  • Performance in the new Music Industry or Music Studio Technology
  • Creative Industries Professional Practice and Entrepreneurship

Learning Methods

You are expected to develop vocational skills that will help you to learn in a more real world and vocational scenario. This could be through putting on a performance project or working with students from a different department to produce the piece of assessed work. In the past this has included trips to Spain, Malham and a recording residential in the Yorkshire Dales, where students have collaborated to produce high quality creative work.

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 programme to underpin these practices. You are expected to develop vocational skills that will help you to learn in a more real world and vocational scenario. This could be through putting on a performance project or working with students from a different department to produce the piece of assessed work. 
Tutorial sessions are worked into the scheme of work for each unit to ensure that you are offered one to one support with your transition to higher education and to ensure that you have a clear understanding of what is required in each unit. You will also be supported through regular assessment workshops to work through any questions that you may have in terms of the progression of the unit and essentially the assessment for the unit.
There will also be guest masterclasses from visiting professionals periodically throughout the programme to give further context to the content delivered in the lectures. 


Teaching Methods

The teaching method will vary depending on the module, but wherever possible teaching sessions will be interactive, practical and geared towards producing quality work that reflects your specialism and area of interest. 


Within each module handbook there is an assessment plan giving you information about when each assignment is handed out and submitted. This also allows you to plan your time and manage your workload effectively. 
The format of the work submitted for assessment should reflect what is stated in the module handbook. This could be in the form of an essay, presentation, performance or portfolio. Across the programme a range of assessment formats will be utilised that will reflect the nature of the unit (theory or practical) and to account for different learning styles. 
There will be collaborative work with students from your programme and from other areas of the School. The assessment methods for these projects will be in the form of a finished piece of work that is of a professional standard. This could be in the form of a collaborative performance with an accompanying journal, a recorded song with accompanying music video or short film for which you have composed the score. 
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. 

What's Next?

Students that complete this course should be equipped with the skills to go and work in the Music Industry in their specialist area. Further study is also an option, with progression through to the L6 Music for the Creative Industries BA (Hons) top up. 

Additional Costs

Please see below a list of additional course costs: 

  • Equipment: £100 Maximum (optional cost)
  • Trips/visits to exhibitions etc.: £500 (optional cost)

Total additional costs: £600

Other things you may need:
Headphones, a memory stick/hard drive, stationary (including manuscript paper). Access to scoring/sequencing software outside the classroom is advisable, but not necessary. 

Entry Requirements

80 UCAS points or equivalent from:

  • A BTEC or UAL Level 3 qualification in Music
  • A GCE Advanced Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or adequate performance in more than one GCE subject. This profile is likely to be supported by GCSE grades at A* to C (9-4) (or equivalent)
  • Other related Level 3 qualifications
  • An Access to Higher Education Diploma awarded by an approved institution or provider
  • Related work experience
  • An international equivalent of the above.

Applicants will be invited to an audition and will be expected to play a prepared piece on their first instrument to ensure their playing is at an appropriate level. 

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
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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

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