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Bath Spa University

Professional Music

UCAS Code: PM11

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

Entry requirements


A level

C,D,D

Applications from those studying two A-levels or alternative Level 3 qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.

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

MMP

BTEC – Extended Diploma at grade Merit, Merit, Pass (MMP) or equivalent, preferably in a related area.

UCAS Tariff

80

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2019

Subjects

Music

Music technology

Music production

**- Prepare for a range of careers in areas such as performing, composing, producing, teaching, sound design and freelancing.
- Become multi-skilled and digitally literate: study music production, culture, contexts, and how music is used in other fields.

- Focus on professional practice, employability, enterprise and entrepreneurship to become a resilient music professional.**

Learn a broad base of skills, vocabularies and practices in music performance and/or music production with our Professional Music degree at University Centre Weston.

Gain the skills and knowledge you need for a wide range of careers and entrepreneurship in the music industry, including creative practice (composition, performance, improvisation, production), study of music (as sound and/or notated), study of the cultural and social contexts of music, and the application of music in other fields.

Our aim is to provide you with opportunities to develop a range of skills during this three-year course.

In your first and second years, you gain core subject knowledge and transferable skills, which will enable you to consider your career options.

In your final year, you further define and evidence your abilities in your chosen specialism.

Modules

Year one
Your first year introduces you to the professional music fundamentals of music theory, sound production and live performance, with your skills and knowledge developed in the classroom, in the studio or on stage.

You also take part in workshops to improve your musicianship, rehearsal and performance techniques, and recording skills.

Year two
The second year continues to develop your performance and studio skills, while you'll also be offered the chance to learn more about live event management.

You'll gain an understanding of the music industry from a business and socioeconomic perspective, and work by yourself and with others to produce your own music in response to studies in composition and songwriting.

Year three
The course culminates in you producing a professional portfolio to demonstrate your skills in your artistic specialism, as a performer, producer, composer or engineer, for example.

You'll also undertake a research project in an area of academic interest, and engage with the music industry in a professional context via a work placement, series of performances, or production of a music product.

Assessment methods

Assessment is via a combination of practical exams, written exams and coursework.

Tuition fees

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

England
£8,250
per year
EU
£8,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£8,250
per year
Scotland
£8,250
per year
Wales
£8,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University Centre Weston

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
80%
med
Music technology
80%
med
Music production

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?

93%
UK students
7%
International students
65%
Male students
35%
Female students
82%
2:1 or above
11%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
C

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.

£15,600
low
Average annual salary
98%
med
Employed or in further education
82%
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.

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.

£14k

£14k

£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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