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 (Popular Music)

UCAS Code: W302

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

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

3years

Full-time | 2019

Delivered through one-to-one tuition, band work, lectures and seminars, this very practical course supports students’ development into highly skilled specialist performers. Focus is placed on developing technical proficiency and artistry, as well as enhancing compositional, musicological and critical listening skills. Additional business focused modules are embedded throughout the programme, enabling students to forge a sustainable career in a highly competitive field.

Modules

Specialist Study 1, 2, 3 (Performance)
Specialist Group Study 1, 2 (Performance)
Contextual Studies 1, 2, 3 (see below for options)
Professional Studies 1, 2, 3 (see below for options)
Creative Project (year 1 only) (various options are offered that refresh each year)
Final Project (year 3 only)

Contextual Studies 2 options:
• Introduction to Music Technology
• Songwriting
• Music for the Moving Image
• Collaborative Composition
• Music and Ideology
• Performance with Electronics
• Entrepreneurship
• Arranging and Orchestration
• Musical Direction

Contextual Studies 3 options:
• Computer-Based Composition
• Software Environments for Performance & Sound Creation
• Electroacoustic Composition
• Composition and Production for Film and TV
• Composed Theatre
• Extended Improvisation
• Intercultural Music
• Emerging Music Models

Professional Studies 2 options:
• Business Start-up
• Working with Music in the Community
• Instrumental Music Tuition
• Self-Promotion & Marketing
• Structure & Functions of the Film Music Industry
• Concerts & Touring
• Artistic Management

Professional Studies 3 options:
• Live Music Management
• Community Music Project
• Music Journalism
• Business Leadership & Ethics
• Film Music: Aesthetics & Narrative Function

Assessment methods

Students are assessed in a variety of ways. Performances, Audio Recordings, Presentations, Technical Tests, Essays, Aural Exams, and Portfolios are all methodologies used to assess how students meet the required learning outcomes. Final degree classifications are calculated with a 30% weighting on Level 5, and a 70% weighting on Level 6 grades. Specialist Study accounts for over 50% of the credits available on the Popular Pathway, with Specialist Group Study Performance (Band work) and Specialist Study Performance carrying 60 of the total 120 credits required at Levels 4 and 5. At level 6, 80 of the total 120 credits required will be undertaken for the Specialist Study and Final Project modules. The Final Project module allows students to apply their discipline to a selected project. The remaining credits include Contextual Studies, Professional Studies and Creative Project (depending on the year of study). The vast majority of assessment deadlines fall at the end of each semester, with a handful of small credit-bearing assessments taking place during term time.

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
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

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


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.

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

Expert tips for uni - straight to your inbox
Free to students, teachers and parents
Sign me up

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