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Anglia Ruskin University

Music

UCAS Code: W300

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


96 UCAS Tariff points from minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent), preferably to include Music, Music Technology or a related subject.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

3 GCSEs at grade C, or grade 4, or above.

UCAS Tariff

96

UCAS Tariff points from minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent), preferably to include Music, Music Technology or a related subject.

40%
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About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Music

Stand out in the music industry with our ‘learn by doing’ culture and modern study of music relevant to today.

Study music in the context of its modern application, rather than its historical period
Get instrument or vocal tuition from world-class teachers
Choose your own specialisms, including composing, music technology and music business
Experience live performance, from solo work to large-scale productions

On our BA (Hons) Music degree, you’ll discover a wealth of new music, along with critical approaches to heighten your understanding and appreciation. Our focus on learning by doing’will strengthen your performance skills, and help you put this theory into practice.

Rather than studying music by its historical period or geographical location, you’ll consider its application to particular fields in working life, such as film, technology and education. This will allow you to explore its relationship to other art forms and disciplines, and to wider society as well, giving you a modern context for all your musical knowledge that you can transfer easily to a future career.

To help you progress as a musician or vocalist, you’ll receive individual instrumental or vocal tuition from visiting tutors of international repute. Your performance skills will be developed through weekly workshops, with regular feedback on your progress.

You’ll also have plenty of opportunities to perform in public venues across Cambridge and beyond, including regular concerts by Anglia Ruskin Orchestra and Chorus and our on-campus band evenings.

You’ll even have the chance to join the Cambridge University Musical Society, the Cambridge Philharmonic Orchestra, or one of the many chapel choirs and college orchestras, following an audition.

Our close links with venues and other companies, such as Cambridge Junction and international music management company Hazard Chase, will give you the chance to make contact with industry leaders before you graduate.

Modules

Year one, core modules

Music Performance Studies 1
The Languages of Music 1a and 1b
Music and Technology
Composing and Improvising

Year one, optional modules

Music Business
Introduction to World Musics and Ethnomusicology

Year two, core modules

Music in Context 2a and 2b
Music Performance Studies 2
Composing and Improvising 2a

Year two, optional modules

Composing and Improvising 2b
Electroacoustic Composition
Music for the Moving Image
Music and Performing Arts in Education
World Music Regional Studies

Year three, core modules

Enterprise in the Creative Arts
Intertextuality in Music
Major Project

Year three, optional modules

Music Performance Studies 3A and 3B
Composition 3
Art, Music and Performance
Principles of Music Therapy and Dramatherapy
Radiophonica
Music in the Global Marketplace

Optional modules available all years

Anglia Language Programme

Assessment methods

For a full breakdown of module options and credits, please view the module structure.

You’ll show what you’ve learned on the course through a combination of performances, creative projects, presentations, portfolios, essays, and a special Major Project in your final year, which can include creative work.

Thanks to this ongoing assessment, you’ll improve your ability to improvise, sight-read and think on your feet, and you’ll develop skills in reflective thinking, researching, drafting, and revising your work.

We’ll also encourage you to use self-help packages, particularly for aural training, and undertake an extensive listening programme.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Cambridge Campus

Department:

Music and Performing Arts

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

76%
med
Music

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Music

Teaching and learning

84%
Staff make the subject interesting
91%
Staff are good at explaining things
81%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
78%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

75%
Library resources
88%
IT resources
84%
Course specific equipment and facilities
72%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

70%
UK students
30%
International students
48%
Male students
52%
Female students
91%
2:1 or above
13%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
A
D

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Music

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£17,500
med
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
72%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

28%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
8%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
8%
Customer service occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Music is a popular degree subject and a little over 4,600 degrees were awarded to UK graduates in 2015. Most were working after six months — but postgraduate study (usually continuing with music) is quite common and a lot of graduates go into music teaching, often as freelance or travelling music teachers of particular instruments. Obviously, many music graduates get work as musicians as well, or work as sound recordists and in similar technical roles. Music is important in advertising and so a lot of graduates go into this industry, and management is also a popular job role for music graduates. There's also a niche for music graduates wanting to work in IT and computing, particularly with web applications. Because a lot of musician work is temporary or freelance, the most common way for new graduates to get jobs as musicians is through their own contacts, so learning how to make good use of networks and contacts might help in your career.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Music

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£15k

£15k

£18k

£18k

£20k

£20k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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