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Edinburgh Napier University

Popular Music

UCAS Code: W341

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,C,C

Including Music at B and English or other literary subject* at Grade C. Applicants must also pass ABRSM or Guildhall Grade 5 Theory Test or London College of Music Grade 5 Theory test.

Please contact Edinburgh Napier University for entry criteria at ugadmissions@napier.ac.uk

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

27

27 points overall with 6,5,4 in HL subjects with HL Music and English or other literary subject* at 5. In exceptional circumstances, where the applicant's school does not offer Music as an element of IB, applicants who have achieved Trinity Rock School or ABRSM Grade VII or above on the Principal Study instrument may be considered. In such cases, academic referees should clearly state that HL Music is not offered as part of the curriculum. Applicants must also pass ABRSM or Guildhall Grade 5 Theory Test or London College of Music Grade 5 Theory test.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H1,H3,H3,H4

Pre 2017: A1, B3, B3, C2 at HL including Music at A1 and English or other literary subject* at B3 2017 onwards: H1, H3, H3, H4 at HL including Music at H1 and English or other literary subject* at H3 Applicants must also pass ABRSM or Guildhall Grade 5 Theory Test or London College of Music Grade 5 Theory test.

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

MMM

Minimum grades MMM (Merit, Merit, Merit) in a related subject. Applicants must also pass ABRSM or Guildhall Grade 5 Theory Test or London College of Music Grade 5 Theory test.

Scottish Higher

A,B,C,C

Including Music at A and English or other literary subject* at Grade B. Applicants must also pass ABRSM or Guildhall Grade 5 Theory Test or London College of Music Grade 5 Theory test. The grades listed above are our standard entry requirements. You may be given an adjusted offer of entry if you meet specific widening participation criteria as outlined in our contextual admissions policy. An adjusted offer will be lower than our standard entry requirements. For further information about our entry requirements and admissions policies please see our website.

UCAS Tariff

102-104

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

24%
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About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Music

Our graduates are working at the highest levels of the music industries in Scotland and beyond.

Explore performance, composition, music production and engineering, in a breadth of musical styles.

Our Popular Music programme is designed for applicants with an interest and experience in composition and performance who wish to develop a breadth of skills that will allow them to pursue a portfolio career in the Music Industries. Career destinations include: performance, composition, production and engineering, teaching, management and promotions, music therapy, and community music projects.

You’ll achieve a high level of musical competence and fluency with an option to specialise in composition, guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, voice, and production. You’ll also extend your critical, entrepreneurial, and creative abilities throughout this wide-ranging degree.

Please visit our website for full course and module details.

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
£1,820
per year
International
£14,925
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£1,820
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Merchiston Campus

Department:

School of Arts and Creative Industries

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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.

84%
high
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

95%
Staff make the subject interesting
97%
Staff are good at explaining things
95%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
89%
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

92%
Library resources
89%
IT resources
97%
Course specific equipment and facilities
86%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

94%
UK students
6%
International students
57%
Male students
43%
Female students
68%
2:1 or above
5%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
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.

£16,000
low
Average annual salary
95%
med
Employed or in further education
100%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

47%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
19%
Teaching and educational professionals
4%
Sales, marketing and related associate 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.

£15k

£15k

£19k

£19k

£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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