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Bath Spa University

Commercial Music (Professional Placement Year)

UCAS Code: FTFB

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,C,C-C,C,C

A level Grades BCC in Music, Music technology or related subjects preferred but not essential. Applicants with standard A levels who can evidence music ability will be considered.

Access to HE Diploma

M:30

Typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 30 at merit or higher). Any selection procedure/further requirements will also apply. Applicants must also provide evidence of a high level of performance or composing skill, music technology experience or performance experience.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

27

A minimum of 27 points are required along with evidence of a high level of performance or composing skill, music technology or performance experience.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM

Extended Diploma in Music Technology or related subject grades Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM) accepted.

UCAS Tariff

96-104

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About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time with year in industry | 2019

Subject

Music

This is the 4 year course which includes a Professional Placement Year.Commercial Music at Bath Spa University offers a vocational course for songwriters, producers and performers that will build your career through personal development and industry engagement.If you have a flair for original music ideas, our Commercial Music course can take you on a creative journey to inspire and define a lifelong career. This course is about creation: songs, projects, bands and entrepreneurial ideas.- We focus on original creativity. - We build careers through personal development and industry engagement.- Write original material alongside exploring identity, promotion and the wider business context of your music. - All our staff have music industry experience at a high level.**More about the Professional Placement Year**A Professional Placement Year (PPY), traditionally known as a sandwich year, is where a student undertakes a period of work with an external organisation for between 9-13 months. The placement occurs between the students' second and third years of undergraduate study. Students can engage in up to 3 placements to make up the total time and are required to source the placement(s) themselves with support from the Careers & Employability Team.

Modules

Year 1 focuses on songwriting, performance and production; this raw material will determine this structure of your second year. During the first year you will write songs songs, create journalistic and promotional material, and learn how to produce and develop your material in the recording studio.

In Year 2 you’ll write, produce and record your own original material, explore practical and theoretical topics. You will also create an online presence for yourself, designing and editing your own promotional video, as well as other web and audio-visual content, using this for promotion where you’ll set up your own national tour.

Your Final Year will see you specialise in production, songwriting or music business, whilst exploring an aspect of music culture for a final dissertation. You’ll also be given ‘seed funding’ to work with a team on a music related business project.

Please refer to our website for more information.

Tuition fees

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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:

Bath Spa University

Department:

College of Liberal 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.

80%
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

90%
Staff make the subject interesting
96%
Staff are good at explaining things
84%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
86%
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

87%
Library resources
85%
IT resources
94%
Course specific equipment and facilities
52%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

92%
UK students
8%
International students
66%
Male students
34%
Female students
76%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
C

After graduation


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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.

£15,600
low
Average annual salary
98%
med
Employed or in further education
85%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

32%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
15%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
9%
Teaching and educational professionals
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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