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Royal Holloway, University of London

Music

UCAS Code: W302

Bachelor of Music (with Honours) - BMus (Hon)

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B-A,B,B

Where an applicant is taking the EPQ alongside A-levels, the EPQ will be taken into consideration and result in lower A-level grades being required. Socio-economic factors which may have impacted an applicant’s education will be taken into consideration and alternative offers may be made to these applicants. Required: Grade A in Music A-Level or Grade 8 Music Theory at Pass Preferably Grade 7 ABRSM (or similar practical exam) Five GCSEs graded A* - C or 9-4 including English and Maths

Access to HE Diploma

D:24,M:21

Pass with at least 24 level 3 credits at Distinction, and the remaining level 3 credits at Merit, plus evidence of A-Level standard Music proficiency grade A equivalent or Grade 8 Music Theory at Pass. The Access to Higher Education Diploma is only acceptable if the applicant has had a considerable break from education.

Requirements are as for A-levels where one non-subject-specified A-level can be replaced by the same grade in the Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate

Applicants with the Cambridge Pre-U are strongly encouraged to apply to Royal Holloway. Offers will be made on the basis of equivalent A-Level grades as follows: D3 = A, M1 or M2 = B.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

32

6,5,5 at Higher Level including 6 in Music at Higher Level or Grade 8 Music Theory with a minimum of 32 points overall plus Grade 7 practical.

Irish Leaving Certificate - Higher Level

H2,H2,H3,H3,H3

H2,H2,H3,H3,H3 at Higher Level, including H2 in Music at Higher Level, or pass Music Theory Grade 8

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma

DD

Distinction, Distinction in relevant subject, plus A-Level Grade A in Music or Grade 8 Music Theory at pass. We require at least five GCSE passes at grades A*-C or 9-4 including English and Mathematics.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate

D

Distinction plus A-Level Music grade A and one further A-Level grade B or Distinction plus A,B at A-Level and grade 8 Music Theory at Pass. We require at least five GCSE passes at grades A*-C or 9-4 including English and Mathematics.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

D*D*D

Distinction*,Distinction*, Distinction in a relevant subject, plus evidence of A-Level standard Music proficiency, Grade A equivalent or Grade 8 Music Theory at Pass plus preferably Grade 7 practical. We require at least five GCSE passes at grades A*-C or 9-4 including English and Mathematics.

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,A,B-A,B,B

Scottish Higher

A,A,A,B,B

AAABB with A in Music or Grade 8 Music Theory at Pass.

UCAS Tariff

128-160

We’ve calculated how many Ucas points you’ll need for this course.

89%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2018

Subject

Music

BMus Music at Royal Holloway is a flexible degree with no compulsory modules, allowing you to tailor your degree to your own interests and passions.

We have expertise spanning traditional, modern and world music. Through studying musical texts, practices, cultures and institutions you will explore issues in history, sociology, ethnology, and philosophy covering an exceptional geographical and chronological range. You will also be able to gain practical skills in composition, music technology and performance.

You will join a music department that is among the very best in the country, ranked third in the UK for research quality (REF 2014) and the only music department in the country to hold a prestigious Regius Professorship.

+ You will have access to well-equipped studios and recording facilities as well as incredible performance spaces including the Windsor Auditorium, Boilerhouse Theatre, Victorian Picture Gallery and College Chapel.

+ Our well connected department means you have the opportunity to make valuable music industry contacts. Our staff are connected with musical networks such Wigmore Hall, the BBC Proms, Royal Opera House.

+ Receive excellent tuition on your first instrument (or voice) at no extra cost to you

+ Apply for choral, organ and orchestral scholarships, available to well-qualified students.

+ Be a part of our creative campus. Choose from a wide range of performance opportunities including orchestras, choirs, jazz, pop, and world music ensembles. Work with professional conductors and receive coaching from leading professional groups such as the King's Singers and the London Mozart Players.

Modules

https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate/music/music.aspx

Assessment methods

The BMus has a modular structure, whereby students take 12 course units at the rate of four per year.
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, and instrumental/vocal lessons. Private study and preparation are essential parts of every course, and you will have access to many online resources and the University’s comprehensive e-learning facility, Moodle. When you start with us, you are assigned a Personal Advisor to support you academically and personally.
Assessment is carried out by a combination of examinations, which take place in the summer term, along with written papers, extended essays, assessed coursework, portfolios of compositions and other practical work, and performance recitals.

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
£17,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/studyhere/undergraduate/feesandfunding/bursariesandscholarships/home.aspx

The Uni


Course location:

Royal Holloway, University of London

Department:

Music

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.

77%
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

84%
Staff make the subject interesting
89%
Staff are good at explaining things
80%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
70%
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

71%
Library resources
82%
IT resources
77%
Course specific equipment and facilities
66%
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?

73%
UK students
27%
International students
37%
Male students
63%
Female students
88%
2:1 or above
8%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
A*
B
524

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.

£19,500
med
Average annual salary
99%
high
Employed or in further education
72%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

13%
Teaching and educational professionals
13%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
11%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
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.

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.

£17k

£17k

£20k

£20k

£25k

£25k

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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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.

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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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