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Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Music
Student score
76% MED
% employed or in further study
96% MED
Average graduate salary
£16.3k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

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

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

BTEC Extended Diploma – Merit, Merit, Merit

UCAS tariff points

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.

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 96 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers


Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support


Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

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. Up to 80 places available


Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts

A Student Play

The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts opened in 1996 to forge a new approach to performing arts training. It was co-founded by our lead patrons Sir Paul McCartney and Mark Featherstone-Witty and is housed in his old school, which underwent a multi-million pound renovation to transform it into a state-of-the-art performing arts institution you'll see today.

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 82%
Student score 76% MED
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
35% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
52% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
0% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
329 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
93% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
8% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 96% MED
Average graduate salary £16.3k MED
Graduates who are artistic, literary and media occupations


Graduates who are other elementary services occupations


Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
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.
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