We use cookies to allow us and selected partners to improve your experience and our advertising. By continuing to browse you consent to our use of cookies. You can understand more and change your cookies preferences here.

Leeds College of Music

Music (Jazz with Popular)

UCAS Code: 303F

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

Entry requirements


GCSE/National 4/National 5

A minimum of three GCSEs including English Language at Grade C / Grade 4 or above or equivalent international qualification, e.g. IELTS 6.0 (5.5 in each component).

UCAS Tariff

96

96 UCAS tariff points from Level 3 studies or equivalent, which normally include A Level Music or a BTEC Extended Diploma in a Music-related subject.

You may also need to…

Perform an audition

Present a portfolio

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subjects

Musicianship and performance studies

Popular music performance

Music composition

Jazz

Applied music and musicianship

Built around a mixture of one-to-one tuition, ensemble work and seminars, this highly collaborative course will shape students into fine specialist performers or composers, while developing the versatility they’ll need to succeed as a working, creative Jazz musician, alongside issues of style and repertoire from a pop ensemble perspective. The Music faculty is first class, highly experienced, and reflect the diverse background and tastes of our Jazz and Popular Music students. They work together to help you find your creative voice and develop as a unique, driven, and professional musician.

Internationally renowned, the Leeds Jazz scene has consistently produced some of the UK’s most creative musicians for over fifty years, and the Jazz course at Leeds College of Music is right at the very heart of this movement. Our students see world class music every night of the week at the many clubs we collaborate with, including our own B Side, Undercurrent and Fusebox sessions, where staff, students and guests play into the night.

The course is reflective of the wider Jazz scene and the variety of venues where we regularly perform. Whether straight-ahead, modern, experimental, fusion or crossover, this course focuses on getting the very best out of you. Our huge faculty is made up of the UK’s finest performers and educators, and students are placed with one of our instrumental staff for weekly one-to-one and small group sessions, to hone their Jazz vocabulary and reach their potential.

This is predominantly a practical course with research options for students who choose to develop skills in this area. Most of our students are here as performers, and our teachers and resources provide a first rate setting for students who are serious about learning to improvise. Workshops and gigs take place every Friday, when we invite touring artists to share their expertise. Staff also perform and compose at the highest level, and are here to share their knowledge and experience, as well as provide professional opportunities for students.

Each module on the course has been carefully designed to enable students to synchronise both the theoretical and practical elements of their study, with a heavy focus on practice time and performance opportunities. All students write and perform original music, in a collaborative setting, to develop projects that are regularly pitched to professional promoters and record labels, enabling them to gain feedback, from industry experts. In addition to weekly one-to-one, ensemble and composition/arranging classes, other weekly small group sessions include study of advanced rhythmic skills, transcription analysis, contemporary improvisation, aural awareness, harmony, history/listening and business development. Our students can also dip into cross-pathway options throughout the course, including areas such as musical direction, orchestration, electroacoustic composition, extended improvisation and songwriting.

Positioned in the heart of a musical capital, where improvisation takes centre stage, this is a high energy music course for students who want to get out there and perform.

Modules

The programme has strands in Specialist Study, Contextual Studies and Professional Studies that span the three levels of the programme. Students focus primarily on their Specialist Study. Specialist Study is split so that one to one study is studied on the Jazz pathway and group study is studied on the Popular pathway.

Year 1 (Level 4)
Compulsory modules:
Specialist Study 1 (Composition / Performance) – Jazz pathway
Specialist Group Study 1 – Popular pathway
Contextual Studies 1 – Jazz pathway
Professional Studies 1: Working in the Creative Industries
Creative Project

Year 2 (Level 5)
Compulsory modules:
Specialist Study 2 (Composition / Performance) – Jazz pathway
Specialist Group Study 2 – Popular pathway
Contextual Studies 2 – Jazz pathway

Contextual Studies 2 optional modules, one of:
Arranging and Orchestration
Collaborative Composition
Entrepreneurship
Introduction to Music Technology
Music and Ideology
Music for the Moving Image
Musical Direction
Performance with Electronics
Songwriting

Professional Studies 2 optional modules, one of:
Artistic Management
Business Start-up
Concerts and Touring
Instrumental Music Tuition
Self-Promotion and Music Marketing
Structure and Functions of the Film Music Industry
Working with Music in the Community

Year 3 (Level 6)
Compulsory modules:
Specialist Study 3 (Composition / Performance) – Jazz pathway
Final Project – Popular pathway

Students select either an Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Project, a Group/Ensemble Performance Project or a Practice in Context Research Project for their Final Project module.

Contextual Studies 3 optional modules, one of:
Composed Theatre
Composition and Production for Film and Television
Computer-Based Composition
Electroacoustic Composition
Emerging Music Models
Extended Improvisation
Intercultural Music
Software Environments – Performance and Sound Creation

Professional Studies 3 optional modules, one of:
Business Leadership and Ethics
Community Music Project
Film Music – Aesthetics and Narrative Function
Live Music Management
Music Journalism

Module specifications can be found via the Leeds College of Music website: https://www.lcm.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate-study-18plus/undergraduate-courses/ba-hons-music-jazz-with-popular/

Assessment methods

This combined study is assessed in a variety of ways to reflect the diversity of creative and professional practice. Assessment methods include performance, coursework, musical portfolios, recordings, technical tests, presentations and written work. The exact nature of assessments will depend on the Contextual Studies and Professional Studies module options chosen at Level 5 and Level 6, as well as the choice of project for the Final Project module at Level 6. Formal assessments tend to take place at the end of each semester or the end of the year. There are a handful of assignments with deadlines halfway through a semester.

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
£17,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Leeds College of Music

Department:

Music

TEF rating:

Calculate your living costs

See how much you'll need to live on at your chosen university, with our student budget calculator.

See your living costs

Study in Leeds

Explore the local area, what there is to do for fun, living costs and other university options here.

Explore Leeds
Read full university profile

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
Musicianship and performance studies
76%
med
Popular music performance
76%
med
Music composition
76%
med
Jazz
76%
med
Applied music and musicianship

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

83%
Staff make the subject interesting
91%
Staff are good at explaining things
82%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
82%
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

89%
Library resources
88%
IT resources
89%
Course specific equipment and facilities
73%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

After graduation


Sorry, no information to show

This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.

Share this page

This is what the university has told Ucas about the criteria they expect applicants to satisfy; some may be compulsory, others may be preferable.

Have a question about this info? Learn more here

This is the percentage of applicants to this course who received an offer last year, through Ucas.

Have a question about this info? Learn more here

This is what the university has told Ucas about the course. Use it to get a quick idea about what makes it unique compared to similar courses, elsewhere.

Have a question about this info? Learn more here

Course location and department:

This is what the university has told Ucas about the course. Use it to get a quick idea about what makes it unique compared to similar courses, elsewhere.

Have a question about this info? Learn more here

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF):

We've received this information from the Department for Education, via Ucas. This is how the university as a whole has been rated for its quality of teaching: gold silver or bronze. Note, not all universities have taken part in the TEF.

Have a question about this info? Learn more here

This information comes from the National Student Survey, an annual student survey of final-year students. You can use this to see how satisfied students studying this subject area at this university, are (not the individual course).

We calculate a mean rating of all responses to indicate whether this is high, medium or low compared to the same subject area at other universities.

Have a question about this info? Learn more here

This information is from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).

You can use this to get an idea of who you might share a lecture with and how they progressed in this subject, here. It's also worth comparing typical A-level subjects and grades students achieved with the current course entry requirements; similarities or differences here could indicate how flexible (or not) a university might be.

Have a question about this info? Learn more here

Post-six month graduation stats:

This is from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey, based on responses from graduates who studied the same subject area here.

It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

Have a question about this info? Learn more here

Graduate field commentary:

The Higher Education Careers Services Unit have provided some further context for all graduates in this subject area, including details that numbers alone might not show

Have a question about this info? Learn more here

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?

Have a question about this info? Learn more here