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University of Plymouth

Music

UCAS Code: W300

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

Entry requirements


104 tariff points, including a minimum of 2 A Levels, including Grade C or above in Music, or Certificate in Graded Examination in Music Performance at Grade 6, or the ability to play on this level or above.

Considered in combination

Pass a named Access to HE Diploma (e.g. Preferably Music or Combined), with at least 33 credits at Merit and to include at least 12 credits in Music related units with Merits. Or Certificate in Graded Examination in Music Performance at Grade 6 in addition, or the ability to play on this level or above.

Considered in combination

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

26

Including Higher Level Grade 4 in Music (or Certificate in Graded Examination in Music Performance at Grade 6 in addition, or the ability to play on this level or above), plus a second subject at Higher Level. English and Maths accepted within as GCSE equivalent

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H3,H3,H4,H4

Including H4 or above in Music or Certificate in Graded Examination in Music Performance at Grade 6, or the ability to play on this level or above. English and Maths accepted within as GCSE equivalent

Considered in combination

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

D*D

In Music related subject, or additional Certificate in Graded Examination in Music Performance at Grade 6 required, or the ability to play on this level or above.

Considered in combination

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

DMM

In Music related subject, or additional Certificate in Graded Examination in Music Performance at Grade 6 required, or the ability to play on this level or above.

Considered in combination

104 tariff points, including Grade C or above in Music, or Certificate in Graded Examination in Music Performance at Grade 6, or the ability to play on this level or above. English and Maths accepted within as GCSE equivalent

In combination with Advanced Highers

UCAS Tariff

104

Including a minimum of 2 A Levels, including Grade C or above in Music, or Certificate in Graded Examination in Music Performance at Grade 6, or the ability to play on this level or above.

Considered in combination

93%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Music

Find your groove. Explore music from different cultures and traditions and create your place in today’s rapidly changing musical landscape. Develop your own interests with specialist pathways in composition, performance, ethnomusicology and technology. With a focus on performance and creative practice, you will gain the practical, critical and technical skills to expand your understanding of music in all its forms. The breadth of this course will equip you for a variety of music-related careers.

You will learn from teachers with world-class reputations for research expertise, many who have come from industry and are acclaimed in their field, and benefit from links with the University’s exciting Centre for Computer Music Research. You’ll also give your creativity free rein in our rehearsal and recording facilities, including individual practice rooms, a professional recording environment, audio computer workstations, and instrumental facilities.

* Take advantage of our unique Professional Opportunities scheme that provides invaluable work placement and performance opportunities. You'll get the chance to work in primary and secondary schools giving instrumental lessons, and running band development sessions and workshops. You can also use our local contacts to set up regular live mic and gig nights around Plymouth, or get involved in our University songwriters project.

* Learn from teachers with world-class reputations for research expertise, many who have come from industry and are acclaimed in their field, and benefit from links with the University’s exciting Centre for Computer Music Research.

* Stay ahead with a course designed in consultation with working musicians to ensure you leave ready for the rapidly changing music environment, including knowledge of the latest digital technology. Get exclusive insights into theory and practice with talks and workshops from visiting speakers and musicians.

* Give your creativity free rein in our rehearsal and recording facilities, including individual practice rooms, a professional recording environment, audio computer workstations, and instrumental facilities ranging from Steinway and Bosendorfer pianos to guitar amps, electronic keyboards and midi-guitar synthesisers.

* Tailor your time at university to meet your needs by fitting your study around work and personal commitments. This part-time route gives you the flexibility to study at a pace which suits you.

* 96 per cent of students agreed staff were good at explaining things and 92 per cent of students agreed staff made the subject interesting. 85 per cent of students were in work/study six months after finishing the course.

Modules

In your first year, you’ll lay the foundations for an intelligent engagement with creative practice and the world of music through studies in developing musicianship, Western music tradition, the music of diverse cultures, composition and technology. You will be involved in group music activities designed to develop both your composition and performance skills, and some small and large group performances.

In your second year, you’ll develop competency in your specialist area, for example, in performance, composition, ethnomusicology or technology. You’ll hone your critical research skills and reflective thinking, and further enrich them by studying the psychology of music (including music therapy).

In your final year, you’ll gain more independence in your musical practice and analysis through a combination of taught sessions and tutor-led development of your own skills. With a wide range of opportunities available - including work-facing modules - you will locate your musicianship in one of the five specialist strands leading to exit awards in performance, composition, ethnomusicology, technology or an inclusive combination.

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Assessment methods

Assessment is 100% coursework

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:

University of Plymouth

Department:

School of Humanities and 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.

50%
low
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

57%
Staff make the subject interesting
67%
Staff are good at explaining things
67%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
48%
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

81%
Library resources
81%
IT resources
90%
Course specific equipment and facilities
33%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

95%
UK students
5%
International students
65%
Male students
35%
Female students
69%
2:1 or above
29%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
B

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
low
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
82%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

16%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
13%
Teaching and educational professionals
13%
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.

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

£17k

£17k

£19k

£19k

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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