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Liverpool Hope University

Popular Music and Psychology

UCAS Code: W355

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B-B,B,C

Credits gained must equate to between 120 - 112 Tariff Points

This qualification can only be accepted in conjunction with other relevant qualifications

This qualification can only be accepted in conjunction with other relevant qualifications

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Applicants should have GCSE grade C (Level 4 in the new grading system) or equivalent in Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

26

120 - 112 Tariff Points from Higher Level qualifications only

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

DDM-DMM

Qualifications must equate to between 120 - 112 Tariff Points

UCAS Tariff

120-112

UCAS Tariff points must come from a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent). Additional points can be made up from a range of alternative qualifications.

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2018

Subjects

Psychology

Popular music

**Please note that Combined Honours degrees at Liverpool Hope University are split 50/50. This means both subjects will be studied equally.**

**Popular Music**
What do we mean when we both study and play popular music? What exactly are we talking about when we consider the 21st century popular music industries? Our Popular Music degree **enables you to appreciate the dynamic relationship between the rapidly changing practices** involved with the creation, performance and marketing of popular music and its theoretical, methodological, professional/industrial, ethical and social contexts.

This degree offers a **unique integrated three-strand approach** - ‘performing’, ‘studying’, and ‘the business of’ - to create not only an opportunity to play popular music at a professional level, but also to consider the study of popular music as a text-based discourse. By studying this degree, you will gain the ability to perform and/or compose at a professional level and to apply stagecraft and technological excellence in a practical manner. You will also **gain an understanding of the key developments relevant to the study of popular music** industries of the 21st century, at both national and international levels.

Popular music is **one of the UK’s largest industries** and in recent years has experienced enforced reinvention as new media forms have changed not only sounds, but also the industrial process of popular music. Our Popular Music degree utilises a research-led teaching approach underpinned by both academic and industry-facing skills. It will provide you with personal and academic development, alongside work and performance-based experience, to ensure you graduate with the skills and knowledge base highly valued by employers.

**Psychology**
Our degree is **accredited by the British Psychological Society** (BPS) and upon completion of your studies you will become eligible for Graduate Basis of Chartered Membership (GBC). This will give you access to the postgraduate training courses of the BPS and will be your first major step in becoming a professional psychologist.
Psychology is the exciting scientific study of the mind and behaviour. Psychologists investigate how people perceive the world, structure their thinking, solve problems, interact with other people and much more. Concepts such as **perception, cognition, personality and social behaviour** are all central building blocks of the psychological theories that are studied at Liverpool Hope as part of a Psychology degree.

Study with us and you will gain a deeper understanding of the scientific and philosophical underpinnings of psychology. At Liverpool Hope University, **high-level, research-oriented teaching is provided by our team of skilled academics**. Our staff comprise of active researchers with a wide array of academic interests, ranging from cognitive and brain sciences, developmental, clinical and health, forensic, personality and social processes. You will be **taught in our excellent research facilities, including labs for experiments** in cognition and perception, a colour vision lab, an Eye tracker lab, an EEG lab, an fNIRS lab, observational and transcription labs.

Studying this degree allows you to learn about the brain, the mind, and behaviour, but first and foremost psychologists learn about our fellow humans. We help you to **develop professional skills and tools to understand others’ needs** and provide interventions to enhance mental wellbeing. This is all valuable knowledge that can be used for a better and fairer society.

Modules

Liverpool Hope University offers an integrated curriculum. Please go to the course link provided for further information on the topics you will study as part of this degree.

Assessment methods

Students are assessed via a number of methods. Please go to the course link provided for further information.

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
£11,400
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Hope Park

Department:

Combined Programmes

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.

83%
med
Psychology
90%
high
Popular 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.

Psychology (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

78%
Staff make the subject interesting
89%
Staff are good at explaining things
78%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
66%
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
90%
IT resources
93%
Course specific equipment and facilities
73%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

97%
UK students
3%
International students
26%
Male students
74%
Female students
68%
2:1 or above
14%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
C
296

Music

Teaching and learning

100%
Staff make the subject interesting
100%
Staff are good at explaining things
93%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
100%
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

86%
Library resources
92%
IT resources
100%
Course specific equipment and facilities
79%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

94%
UK students
6%
International students
44%
Male students
56%
Female students
78%
2:1 or above
16%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
D
313

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.

Psychology (non-specific)

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.

£18,000
low
Average annual salary
98%
med
Employed or in further education
89%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

15%
Natural and social science professionals
7%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
6%
Business, research and administrative professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

20 years ago, this was a specialist degree for would-be psychologists but now it is the model of a modern, flexible degree subject. One of the UK's fastest-growing subject at degree level, and the second most popular subject overall (it recently overtook business studies), one in 23 of all graduates last year had psychology degrees. As you'd expect with figures like that, jobs in psychology itself are incredibly competitive, so to stand a chance of securing one, you need to get a postgraduate qualification (probably a doctorate in most fields, especially clinical psychology) and some relevant work experience. But even though there are so many psychology graduates — far more than there are jobs in psychology, and over 13,800 in total last year — this degree has a lower unemployment rate than average because its grads are so flexible and well-regarded by business and other industries across the economy. Everywhere there are good jobs in the UK economy, you'll find psychology graduates - and it's hardly surprising as the course helps you gain a mix of good people skills and excellent number and data handling skills. A psychology degree ticks most employers' boxes — but we'd suggest you don't drop your maths modules.

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.

£18,000
low
Average annual salary
94%
med
Employed or in further education
85%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

19%
Teaching and educational professionals
11%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
8%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
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.

Psychology

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£16k

£16k

£18k

£18k

£17k

£17k

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.

Creative arts and design

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£12k

£12k

£14k

£14k

£18k

£18k

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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