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Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts

BA (Hons) Music (Song Writing and Production)

UCAS Code: W301

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

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,C

Three A-Levels at grade C. All A-Level subjects accepted excluding General Studies. Points from AS and Key Skills are not counted.

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

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BTEC Extended Diploma – Merit, Merit, Merit

UCAS Tariff

96

Minimum of five GCSEs grade C (these should normally include Maths and English Language). For applicants taking the reformed GCSE qualifications, we will consider the new grade 4 as being equivalent to a grade C. Minimum of 96 UCAS points is normally required. This equates to: * Three A-Levels at grade C. All A-Level subjects accepted excluding General Studies. Points from AS and Key Skills are not counted * BTEC Extended Diploma – Merit, Merit, Merit * BTEC Diploma – Distinction, Distinction We accept all equivalent UK and overseas qualifications including Advanced Diplomas, Irish Leaving Certificate, Scottish Highers, European, International and Welsh Baccalaureate, Abitur, Vitnemål and SAT/ACT. At least one of your Level 3 qualifications as listed above should normally be in Music and/or Music Technology. If you don’t have this experience, please contact our Admissions team for guidance. You should be able to demonstrate a good working understanding of music theory, even as a singer-songwriter. If you are a UK applicant you should attain a Grade 5 Music Theory qualification by the time you enrol with us (you don’t need it at the time you apply). We test your music theory skills at audition and if you score a high mark we may waive the requirement for a formal Grade 5 Music Theory qualification. If you are an overseas student you are also tested on your music theory ability at your audition and, if needs be, are advised about the steps to take if you need to improve.

12%
Applicants receiving offers

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About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Music

We want to ensure you become who you want to be musically and can make your living working with music, whether performing, creating or producing or a combination of these.
Our Music courses help you develop your skills in popular, contemporary and commercial music and equip you with the essential business skills to succeed. You’ll develop a broad range of skills across performance, composition, song writing and production.
Through two specialist degree options, you can choose the degree that best fits with your ambition from day one. They are Music or Music (Song Writing & Performance) and Music (Song Writing and Production)
You get your music in front of an audience through frequent gig nights, regular festivals and industry showcases. Aside from the business, you also learn how to match your music with an audience. You can collaborate with students from other courses, for example: recorded and live sound, lighting design and management students.

Modules

Instrumental / Vocal Technique 1
Music Creation 1
Music Production 1
Music Professional Practice 1
Musicianship Skills 1
Popular Music Contexts 1
The Professional 1
Instrumental / Vocal Technique 2
Music Creation 2
Music Production 2
Music Professional Practice 2 (The Professional 2)
Musicianship Skills 2
Popular Music Contexts 2
The Music Creator (Option)
The Producer (Option)
The Music Professional (The Professional 3)
The Performer Popular Music Contexts 3

Assessment methods

Learning is largely tutor-led in the first two years, and you gradually take on greater responsibility for managing your learning. By your final year, learning is largely industry focused, project-based and self-generated. Rehearsals and performances are assessed. Depending on which degree you choose, you may be required to submit songs, compositions and/or productions for assessment throughout the course. You also produce a final research paper which is relevant to your interests and career.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£16,200
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£16,200
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts

Department:

Performing 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.

73%
med
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

82%
Staff make the subject interesting
82%
Staff are good at explaining things
82%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
85%
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

70%
Library resources
78%
IT resources
75%
Course specific equipment and facilities
59%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

67%
UK students
33%
International students
53%
Male students
47%
Female students
91%
2:1 or above
10%
Drop out rate

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
med
Average annual salary
92%
low
Employed or in further education
100%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

48%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
15%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
9%
Other elementary services 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.

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.

£13k

£13k

£16k

£16k

£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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