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Anglia Ruskin University

Popular Music

UCAS Code: W34C

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

Entry requirements


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

Access to HE Diplomas at overall Pass grade are accepted, related subjects are required.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

3 GCSEs at grade 4 or above.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

24

International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 24 points is accepted, related subjects are preferred.

120 UCAS Tariff points acquired from BTEC Level 3 Diplomas, preferably to include Music, Music Technology or a related subject.

UCAS Tariff points from Scottish Advanced Highers are accepted. UCAS Tariff points from Scottish Highers are accepted.

UCAS Tariff

120

From minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent), preferably to include Music, Music Technology or a related subject.

62%
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About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2018

Subject

Music

Learn how to succeed in the music business, from performance to production, and develop your musicianship. Explore the history and cultures of popular music while getting practical experience in up-to-date production and performance techniques.Try out writing songs using different styles and techniquesGet individual vocal or instrumental training from tutors of international reputeReceive regular feedback on your performance skillsUse our performance culture to practise and perform alongside students from other coursesOur BA (Hons) Popular Music will help you develop your musicianship to a new level. Your core studies will take you through the key skills in music-making, including notation and song writing. Through a continuing study of the history and culture of popular music, youll gain an awareness of different styles and techniques that you can then use to inform your own music.On our optional modules, youll find many other aspects of popular music to explore. Whether youre interested in the music industry, world music, performance art or music therapy, youre sure to find something that will help you prepare for your future career.In Years 1 and 2, you will also receive training in vocal or instrumental performance from our specialist tutors, which you can choose to continue in Year 3. Our weekly workshops and individual lessons will also ensure you get regular feedback on your performance skills.Outside of your studies, this invaluable tuition will allow you to further engage with our performance culture. Youll discover many opportunities to work alongside staff and students from other courses on live public performances, such as our regular musicals, operas and bands evenings, in venues on campus and around Cambridge.Youll also have the chance to listen to professional musicians on-campus every week in our lunchtime concert series, as well as attend workshops, masterclasses and lectures by visiting performers, composers and academics.

Modules

Year one, core modules

Dots, Lines and Waves
Music Performance Studies 1
Popular Music in Context 1a and 1b
Song Writing 1

Year one, optional modules

Recording Techniques

Year two, core modules

Music in Context 2a and 2b
Music Performance Studies 2
Chords, Contours and Grooves

Year two, optional modules

Live Event Management
Music and Performing Arts in Education
Studio Project
World Music Regional Studies
Music for the Moving Image
Songwriting 2

Year three, core modules

Enterprise in the Creative Arts
Intertextuality in Music
Major Project

Year three, optional modules

Art, Music and Performance
Composition 3
Music Performance Studies 3A and 3B
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 your progress on the course through a combination of public performance, creative projects, essays, presentations and portfolios of work, including your final-year Major Project, which can include practice-led work.

This ongoing assessment will help you develop your improvisation and sight-reading skills; your creativity in composition and recording work; and your writing, analysis and research. 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
International
£12,500
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.

64%
low
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

67%
Staff make the subject interesting
78%
Staff are good at explaining things
69%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
67%
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

78%
Library resources
72%
IT resources
78%
Course specific equipment and facilities
47%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

81%
UK students
19%
International students
53%
Male students
47%
Female students
78%
2:1 or above
14%
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.

89%
low
Employed or in further education
74%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

22%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
13%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
13%
Childcare and related personal services
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.

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